More Written Questions and Answers

Lord Hylton

Here is another link to three of my  Questions and Answers , of 21st December,  regarding Israel/Palestine and Gaza.  The replies about Israel’s actions are not satisfying.  Our government goes through the motions of making formal protests, which Israel largely ignores.

The isolation of Palestinian villages occurs when they are squeezed between the Wall/Barrier, settler-only roads, settlements or colonies themselves and military check-points.

7 comments for “More Written Questions and Answers

  1. maude elwes
    03/01/2012 at 3:26 pm
  2. Senex
    03/01/2012 at 5:03 pm

    Why are the Haredi settlements being built on the West Bank?

    The Israeli government has a serious problem with the Haredi as they do not fit the model of a modern ‘secular’ society, a view they wish to present to the world. The government has therefore taken it upon itself to separate away the Haredi by allowing them to build on the disputed territory of the West Bank.

    The Haredi and their Settlements are a prospective Gaza in the making not at least because they are having as many as four times as many children as the national average; their agenda is to tilt the demographic in their favour. This will and is causing problems for the Sephardic population because the Haredi are part of the Ashke-n-a-z-im ruling elite, high achievers in the educational stakes of Israel.

    What the Haredi represent is offensive to many Israelis and many have used their civil liberties to marginalise them by boycotting goods and services. The Israeli Parliament has responded by passing a law making it illegal to boycott Haredi produce. The delay in payments to West Bank Palestinians is a reprisal for their continuing boycott of Haredi goods.

    With the greatest of respect Lord Hylton the Palestinians are just a part of a hornet’s nest of problems besetting the Israeli government. It should not vent its anger on the Palestinians just because it finds its own problems so intractable.

    Ref: Haredi and Gender Separation
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,806386,00.html
    2008: Old-Fashioned Discrimination, New-Style Battle
    http://www.jewishideas.org/articles/old-fashioned-discrim
    Israeli Parliament’s West Bank Boycott Law
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14111925

    • Lord Hylton
      Lord Hylton
      04/01/2012 at 12:59 pm

      Senex: All settlements/colonies in the West Bank are, in principle, illegal. The British, EU and US Governments accept this. Please raise the whole issue with your MP.

      • Senex
        04/01/2012 at 3:29 pm

        Zionism represents a separation of Spiritual from Temporal. This is why the Israeli state exists at all. Its unfortunate that successive Israeli governments have not embraced this more fully as it would allow for the religious element to be removed from the political process and for governance to proceed on the same basis as other secular states.

        The circumstances of the birth of Zionism are also unfortunate; hatred intolerance and murder. One might conclude that Zionism requires hatred and intolerance to make its continued doctrine legitimate. This is the trap I fear you and many others fall into. By only singling out the dreadful pain Palestinians endure without considering or commenting on why Israel does this only serves to nourish Zionism because it creates hatred. Zionism will only be defeated by loving Israel.

        One accepts that in principle the disputed or occupied territories are illegal. But also understand the Haredi are victims of ethnic cleansing within Israel. Israel is creating a province with a distinctive cultural identity that will at some point demand its own legislature. If the Haredi don’t get this they will become the enemy within.

        Israel cannot fight a ‘war’ on two fronts. It will be easier to settle with the Palestinians than the Haredi. God has a plan and the Haredi are the instruments of his displeasure.

  3. noisytappet
    04/01/2012 at 8:01 pm

    The British government (and opposition) are in league with Israel. Israel-firsters run this country (80 percent of Tory MPs and MEPs are Friends of Israel). This is in blatant breach of the the Seven Principles of Public Life, notably the one about INTEGRITY – “Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.”

    Israel will continue to get away with its murderous conduct until ministers and MPs who treat these principles with contempt are kicked out. Lord Hylton, it is up to you and your colleagues to mobilise our so-called watch-dogs, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, to do their job.

  4. MilesJSD
    09/01/2012 at 10:28 pm

    So the “poor persecuted” Palestininan-Arabs are cramped up, inside of Israel !

    Then give them back the more appropriate and Arab-Friendly Palestine land that was to be theirs inside of Transjordan.

    And/Or get Syria to give them bigger land areas than are possible or peacekeepingly-possible within tiny Israels’ borders.

    Put your six thinking caps on around those haughty governance tables, internationally up there –

    or do you lack facilitators/trixes to ensure you are all wearing the same colour cap at the same time and for the same point in the Agenda ?

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