EDM 49: Treatment of Palestinian Children

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The following Early Day Motion was submitted on 5/6/2014 in the UK Parliament. Please ask your MP to sign it.

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.

EDM 49: Treatment of Palestinian Children

Jeremy Corbyn

John McDonnell

That this House notes that Israeli forces continue to use excessive force including live ammunition and rubber coated metal bullets on unarmed protestors, including children and that 1,400 children have been killed in this way since 2000; further notes the lack of transparency in the investigation of such incidents; acknowledges the excellent work that Defence for Children International Palestine do in increasing awareness of these deaths; further notes that since January 2008, 129 children have been affected by settler violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including four fatalities with each of the cases occurring near Palestinian neighbourhoods, villages or roads located close to Israeli settlements and the nature of the violence includes being shot at, beaten, pelted with stones and sprayed with gas; and calls on the Government to press the Israeli government to respect the right to peaceful protest and prioritise the safety of all children who come under such attack on a routine basis.

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The Liberal Democrats Friends of Palestine tweeted asking all their MPs to sign the EDM.

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Read the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office report ‘Children in Military Custody’ here Still awaiting action to protect Palestinian children.

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