Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the attack in the West Bank on the vehicle carrying the British Consul General, Jerusalem

  Thank you for your letter of 23 January about the attack in the West Bank on the vehicle carrying the British Consul General, Jerusalem.

  The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now replied in writing to our protest about this incident. The operative part of their note, setting out the findings of the IDF's investigation into the incident, reads as follows:

    "The investigation shows that an IDF road-block was set up, due to a suspicious object in the area, and for that reason no vehicles were allowed to proceed. The IDF acknowledges that Israeli civilians surrounded the car and that a rock was thrown at the rear window. The investigation, however, shows that soldiers hurried to the car, two of whom used force in order to disperse the civilians.

    The Ministry wishes to express its deep regret for what happened, and trusts that similar incidents will not occur in the future."

  The Israeli Ambassador in London has subsequently associated himself with this expression of deep regret.

  We remain concerned about the security of diplomats and NGOs in the Occupied Territories. We shall continue to press the Israelis to take firm action to prevent vigilante activity by armed civilians. We will also continue to raise our concerns about closures more generally, and the devastating effect these are having on the Palestinian people and economy.

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