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Christian Aid gives qualified welcome to MPs' new report on Gaza and the West Bank

5 August 2014 - Commenting on a new report by Parliament’s International Development Committee about the UK’s work in the occupied Palestinian territory, William Bell, Christian Aid’s Advocacy Officer for the Palestinians and Israel, said:

'The MPs' report is extremely welcome because it puts the Gaza conflict into its wider context – one which has been all too often neglected in recent weeks but which must be understood and dealt with, if the violence is ever to be permanently halted.'

He added: 'It is disappointing that the report, while acknowledging the negative impact of settlements and Israeli policies in the OPT, does not mention one important way in which the UK could contribute to ending Palestinian poverty and the conflict. That is by banning the import to this country of produce produced in settlements on Palestinian territory.

'Settlements are illegal under international law, a major cause of poverty amongst Palestinians and an obstacle to peace.'

For more information please contact Johanna Rogers at Christian Aid on 00 44 (0)207 523 2460 or jrogers@christian-aid.org



Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk
2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change www.christianaid.org.uk/images/partnership-for-change-summary.pdf explains how we set about this task.
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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk