Commenting on a new report by Parliament’s International Development Committee about the UK’s work in the occupied Palestinian territory, William Bell, Christian Aid’s Advocacy Officer for the Palestinians and Israel, said:
“The MPs’ report is extremely welcome because it puts the Gaza conflict into its wider context – one which has been all too often neglected in recent weeks but which must be understood and dealt with, if the violence is ever to be permanently halted.”
He added: “It is disappointing that the report, while acknowledging the negative impact of settlements and Israeli policies in the OPT, does not mention one important way in which the UK could contribute to ending Palestinian poverty and the conflict. That is by banning the import to this country of produce produced in settlements on Palestinian territory.
“Settlements are illegal under international law, a major cause of poverty amongst Palestinians and an obstacle to peace.”