I should be most grateful if you would ask your Government to defer, or better still, cancel the deportation from East Jerusalem of the following persons:
Mr Khalid Abu Arafa, former Minister for Jerusalem Affairs;
Mr Ahmed Attoun;
Mr Mohamed Abu Tayr;
Mr Mohamed Imran Totah
All four were elected to the Palestinian Legislature in 2006.
As you may know they have suffered long separation from their families during the time when they were imprisoned. If they are deported they will be at risk of permanent separation because they and their families would lose the right to return to their own properties.
I am making this request on both humanitarian and political grounds. If the deportations are carried out, possibly as soon as July 2nd, the 4th Geneva Convention will be breached and the status quo will be further damaged, at a time when at least some negotiations are in progress.
I am writing at greater length about this matter to our Foreign Secretary. I am also asking a Question in the House of Lords, and drawing attention to the deportations by other means.