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Remain neutral in Israel-Palestine conflict and withdraw support for Israel

Submitted by Husnain Iqbal on Monday 9th October 2023

Published on Thursday 12th October 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Friday 12th April 2024

Current Signatures: 150,904
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Remain neutral in Israel-Palestine conflict and withdraw support for Israel

Petition Details

We want the UK to be neutral in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and withdraw offers of support for Israel.

Additional Information

We don’t want UK to spend tax payer money to support Israel.

Israel has been found to systematically violate international law through illegal occupation of Palestinian land. Meanwhile Hamas has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the UK Government.

The Government is taking Israel's side but we don't want the UK to take a side in this conflict.


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Government Response

The Government responded to this petition on Monday 6th November 2023

The UK supports Israel’s right to self-defence in line with international humanitarian law. We will continue to lead and support efforts towards a two state solution between Israel and the PA.

On 7 October Hamas terrorists brutally murdered over 1400 people. They raped, maimed, and took the lives of ordinary civilians. Their attack began on that day and hasn’t stopped since, with Hamas continuing to fire thousands of rockets at Israel. We have a proud history of standing with states against terrorism, of which this is a part.

We support Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and take action against terrorism, and we continue to urge all sides to adhere to international humanitarian law. We continue to urge Israel to ensure its campaign is targeted against Hamas leaders and military infrastructure. It’s vital that all parties ensure their actions are proportionate, necessary and minimise harm to civilians. In all their engagements with Israeli counterparts, UK Government Ministers – including the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary – have pressed this point.

Hamas does not speak for or act in the interests of the Palestinian people. Hamas deliberately murdered and kidnapped innocent people in Israel and now callously puts civilians in Gaza at risk. At least 12 British nationals were tragically killed in the terrorist attacks by Hamas. Several others are feared dead or kidnapped by Hamas.

As the Prime Minister said, we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are also victims of Hamas. Since Hamas’ terrorist attack against Israel on 7 October the UK has committed £30 million in additional aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories – more than doubling our existing aid commitment for this year. This will allow trusted partners to provide essential relief items and services such as food, water and shelter.

The UK has strong bilateral relationships with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. What we want to see is both Israelis and Palestinians safe and secure, not living under the constant threat of terrorism, in peaceful proximity. We continue to work with international partners to lead and support efforts towards a two-state solution that allows both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and dignity.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Parliamentary Debate

This petition was debated in Parliament on Monday 11th December 2023

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