Israel and Human Rights

Thank you for contacting me about Israel and human rights.

I welcome the fact that the Government continues to support a range of projects and organisations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel which work on promoting human rights, dialogue and coexistence. I believe that these links offer a better hope for influencing events, development and human rights than would a policy of imposing sanctions on Israel.

I am aware that British Government officials raised the recent publication of a list of organisations that may be subject to Israeli proscription with the Israeli Ambassador last month and made clear the UK's position. Officials from the British Embassy in Tel Aviv have also raised the matter with the Israeli authorities.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.