MPs to debate petitions relating to Israel and Palestine
9 June 2021
On Monday 14 June, MPs will debate petitions relating to Israel and Palestine.
- Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Monday 14 June)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #IsraelPalestineDebate
The debate will be led by Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and James Cleverly, Minister for Middle East and North Africa, will respond on behalf of the Government.
e-petition 585313: UK Government to formally recognise the State of Palestine
The petition, which has more than 129,000 signatures, states: “Recognise the state of Palestine to help stop the conflict from Israel. Not recognising the Palestinian state allows Israel to continue their persecution of the Palestinians.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “The UK will recognise a Palestinian state at a time when it best serves the objective of peace. We continue to encourage progress towards a negotiated two-state solution between the parties.”
e-petition 585314: Introduce sanctions against Israel
The petition, which has more than 385,000 signatures, states: “The Government should introduce sanctions against Israel, including blocking all trade, and in particular arms."
In response to the petition, the Government said: “The UK is firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions against Israel. Our close and varied relationship means we are able to express clearly when we disagree.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.
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