Palestinians: Visa Scheme — [Martin Vickers in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall am 5:29 pm ar 13 Mai 2024.

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Photo of Sam Tarry Sam Tarry Llafur, Ilford South 5:29, 13 Mai 2024

It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Vickers. I thank my good friend, my hon. Friend Cat Smith, for bringing this debate to the House today.

I will not repeat just how severe the situation in Gaza is; we have already heard powerful speeches about that from many Members from across the country, including from my near-neighbour, my hon. Friend Apsana Begum. I will just say this: Israel, the only democracy in the middle east, has really now destroyed its moral integrity. Many of us who talk to people in both Palestine and Israel know that if there is not a just solution, recognition for what has gone on and consequences for those who have advocated —in the most extreme terms, in the case of the Israeli Government—for the utter and complete destruction of Gaza, and the human cost of that, with tens of thousands of children slaughtered, then it is the beginning of the end of the international rules-based order.