Urgent Question On Gaza

I participated in the Urgent Questions on Gaza today, pushing the Minister on the fact that condemnation of Israel with words alone is of little use. I challenged him to support banning trade with businesses operating out of the illegally occupied territories of the West Bank.


Stephen Kinnock: We have been issuing stern condemnations of Israeli behaviour for decades, and all the while, the occupation has become more entrenched, illegal settlements have mushroomed and Palestinians have less land, rights and freedoms than ever before. Surely it is time now to move from empty words to tangible actions, starting by banning the trade from illegally occupied territories. The trade and products of businesses in the illegal territories should be banned from the European Union, and the British Government should take the lead on making that happen.

Alistair Burt: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, but that is not a view that the United Kingdom takes. We are not part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions process. We believe in giving consumers the choice, and that is not a road down which we are going to go.