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Peter Hain -Minister for Europe - WORD version Peter Hain

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Christopher Patten  EU Commissioner for External Affairs  -WORD Version Chris Patten

 

Jack Straw

The Rt. Hon Jack Straw MP

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London

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Dear Foreign Secretary,

Peace and Justice for Palestine

 

I have been particularly encouraged recently to see how strongly you support the authority of the UN and by your initiative, in the face of Israeli opposition, to progress the peace process in Palestine.

I know that both the UN resolutions and government policy have all called for a freeze on the expansion of settlements.  Yet for some 35 years Israel has been allowed to expand these settlements and ensure that it has a permanent and ever increasing stake in the ground to retaining its occupation of the West Bank.    You must recognise that mere political condemnations of Israel’s policy has fallen on deaf ears and had no effect.

Can you explain why, when you seek and impose travel restrictions on the Zimbabwe government you don’t similarly show, in practical terms, that you are serious when you call for a freeze on settlements?

There’s a well know phrase, ‘justice must be seen to be done’.  There have been many claims that Israel is contravening the Geneva Convention.  An attempt to bring this to a judicial process was stalled back in 1999.  Can you explain why Israel is not being brought before an international court to determine the justice of the claims?  Otherwise what is the point in the Geneva Convention?  Is it only to be used for those countries that ‘lose’ the war?

I don’t doubt the sincerity of your aspirations for peace.  However it does seem hypocritical to promote the UN resolutions for Iraq whilst turning a blind eye in Palestine, to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for Human Rights abuses but merely condemn Israel and to bring Milosovitch to trial but not Israel.

I look forward to hearing your explanations.

 

Yours sincerely

Peter Hain

The Rt. Hon Peter Hain MP

Minister of State for Europe

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London

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Dear Mr Hain,

                      

Peace and Justice for Palestine

 I have been particularly encouraged recently to see how strongly you support the travel sanctions against Zimbabwe.  Yet you do not seem to have the same passion for the UK and the EU to demonstrate that they will no longer tolerate Israel’s continued expansion of settlements and Human Rights abuses in the face of UN resolutions and frequent condemnations of settlement expansion by the UK and EU.  Chris Patten has set out the EU’s position very clearly, but it is mere words and lacks any teeth.  Could you not work with the EU to show similar resolve over Israel?

I know that both the UN resolutions and government policy have all called for a freeze on the expansion of settlements.  Yet for some 35 years Israel has been allowed to expand these settlements and ensure that it has a permanent and ever increasing stake in the ground to retaining its occupation of the West Bank.  You must recognise that mere political condemnations of Israel’s policy has fallen on deaf ears and had no effect.

Can you explain why, when you seek and impose travel restrictions on the Zimbabwe government you don’t show, in similarly practical terms, that you are serious when the EU calls for a freeze on settlements?  Similarly, future meetings of the Association Council EU-Israel it should be made clear that there will be no further progress until the issues of settlements and Human Rights have been resolved.

There’s a well know phrase, ‘justice must be seen to be done’.  There have been many claims that Israel is contravening the Geneva Convention.  An attempt to bring this to a judicial process was stalled back in 1999.  Can you explain why Israel is not being brought before an international court to determine the justice of the claims?  Otherwise what is the point in the Geneva Convention?  Is it only to be used for those countries that ‘lose’ the war?  Doesn’t the EU have a moral responsibility as one of Israel’s major trade partners, to ensure that justice is ‘seen to be done’?

I don’t doubt the sincerity of your aspirations for peace.  However it does seem hypocritical to promote the UN resolutions for Iraq whilst turning a blind eye in Palestine, to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for Human Rights abuses but merely condemn Israel and to bring Milosovitch to trial but not Israel.

I look forward to hearing your explanations.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

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Peace and Justice for Palestine

I have been particularly encouraged recently to see the resurgence in support for the authority of the UN.  I know that both the UN resolutions and government policy have all called for a freeze on the expansion of settlements.  Yet for some 35 years Israel has been allowed to expand these settlements and ensure that it has a permanent and ever increasing stake in the ground to retaining its occupation of the West Bank.  You must recognise that mere political condemnations of Israel’s policy has fallen on deaf ears and had no effect.

Can you explain why, when travel restrictions are imposed on the Zimbabwe government there are not similar sanctions on Israel to show that the UK is serious when it calls for a freeze on settlements?

There’s a well know phrase, ‘justice must be seen to be done’.  There have been many claims that Israel is contravening the Geneva Convention.  An attempt to bring this to a judicial process was stalled back in 1999.  Surely Israel should be brought before an international court to determine the justice of the claims?  Otherwise what is the point in the Geneva Convention?  Is it only to be used for those countries that ‘lose’ the war?

Could I ask you whether you believe that Israel will stop building more settlements without the UK and the EU applying more political pressure on Israel?  If these suggestions for travel sanctions and a proper judicial process to adjudicate on the Geneva Convention are not acceptable, what alternatives do you support?

Could I ask you to formally ask the Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth to answer the same question?

I don’t doubt the sincerity of the aspirations for peace in Israel and Palestine.  However it does seem hypocritical to promote the UN resolutions for Iraq whilst turning a blind eye in Palestine, to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for Human Rights abuses but merely condemn Israel and to bring Milosovitch to trial but not Israel.

I look forward to hearing your explanations.

 

Yours sincerely

Chris Patten

The Rt. Hon Christopher Patten   

EU Commissioner for External Affairs

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Dear Mr Patten,

                       

Peace and Justice for Palestine

I have been particularly encouraged recently to see how strongly you condemn Israel’s actions in the occupied territories.  Yet I am sure you must realise, after all this time, that Israel will not listen to mere words.  The EU has taken action elsewhere, for example in the travel ban on Zimbabwe, to go beyond mere rhetoric and increase the political pressure on governments.  Why not in Israel’s case?

I know that both the UN resolutions and EU policy have all called for a freeze on the expansion of settlements.  Yet for some 35 years Israel has been allowed to expand these settlements and ensure that it has a permanent and ever increasing stake in the ground to retaining its occupation of the West Bank.  You must recognise that mere political condemnations of Israel’s policy has fallen on deaf ears and had no effect. 

Can you explain why, when you seek and impose travel restrictions on the Zimbabwe government you don’t show, in similarly practical terms, that you are serious when the EU calls for a freeze on settlements?  Similarly, future meetings of the Association Council EU-Israel should make it clear that there will be no further progress until the issues of settlements and Human Rights have been resolved.

There’s a well know phrase, ‘justice must be seen to be done’.  There have been many claims that Israel is contravening the Geneva Convention.  An attempt to bring this to a judicial process was stalled back in 1999.  Can you explain why Israel is not being brought before an international court to determine the justice of the claims?  Otherwise what is the point in the Geneva Convention?  Is it only to be used for those countries that ‘lose’ the war?  Doesn’t the EU have a moral responsibility as one of Israel’s major trade partners, to ensure that justice is ‘seen to be done’?

I don’t doubt the sincerity of your aspirations for peace.  However it does seem hypocritical to promote the UN resolutions for Iraq whilst turning a blind eye in Palestine, to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for Human Rights abuses but merely condemn Israel and to bring Milosovitch to trial but not Israel.

I look forward to hearing your explanations.

 

Yours sincerely

 

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