Early Day Motions

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are unique to the House of Commons. They are not normally debated, but they are a means of publicising an issue and getting cross-party support. 

EDMs are tabled usually by one MP, with another five MPas joining as ‘sponsors’. The motions cannot be longer than 250 words. They are open to be signed by any MP: party allegiances do not play any part. The Parliament website has a full archive of EDMs which you can access here: https://edm.parliament.uk/

If you are trying to get your MP to do something for the Palestinians, you can encourage them to sign one or more of the EDMs shown below. The EDMs on Palestine tend to be quite well-supported – the present crop of Merseyside MPs sign more than their predecessors ever did – so they will be in good company!

2022 – 2023 session

EDM no. 34 – Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

Tabled 11 May 2022 by Grahame  Morris MP (35 signatures, including Riverside’s Kim Johnson – one of the six sponsors – and West Derby’s Ian Byrne)

“That this House is shocked by the killing of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces whilst reporting on raids in Jenin; extends its sincere condolences to her family and colleagues who are devastated? by her death; is appalled that this widely-respected, brave and committed journalist was hit by a bullet whilst wearing a press vest, with gunfire having started without prior instruction to stop filming; notes that fellow journalist Shatha Hanaysha who was present at the time believes that the group was targeted for attack by the Israeli army; considers that this shocking incident must be in the wider context of Israeli forces systematically targeting journalists working in Palestine and the failure to properly investigate killings of media workers; notes that the International Federation of Journalists, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians previously submitted a formal complaint to the International Criminal Court last month regarding such treatment; calls for a full independent investigation of this case, with swift action to bring those responsible for Shireen’s death to account; and joins the National Union of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists in demanding an end to, and justice for, the wider targeting and killings of Palestinian journalists by Israeli forces.”

2021 – 2022 session

EDM no. 583 – Proscribing of Palestinian human rights organisations

Tabled 25 October 2021 by Tommy Sheppard MP (55 signatures, including Wavertree’s Paula Barker and Walton’s Dan Carden)

“That this House condemns the declaration of 22 October 2021 made by Israeli Minister of Defence, Benny Gantz, which designated six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organisations; notes that the Israeli authorities have not provided any evidence to substantiate their claims about the organisations; further notes that the targeted groups Al-Haq, Addameer, Bisan Center, Defence for Children International Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees are organisations deeply committed to protecting the human rights of Palestinian communities, highlighting Israel’s illegal policies and also those of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas; further notes the statement of 22 Israeli civil society groups based in Israel in support of the six NGOs; views this as a further direct assault on Palestinian civil society in an effort to isolate and suffocate Palestinian human rights defenders; recognises the significant impact this assault has on some of the most prominent Palestinian civil society organisations including on the local and international public’s right to information about the reality of human rights violations in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories; calls on the Government to demand that the Israeli Government reveal any evidence against those organisations; and further calls on the Government to reaffirm its support for Palestinian and Israeli civil society and human rights organisations as a key foundation in building a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

EDM no. 300 – Israel Arms Trade (Prohibition) Bill

Tabled 8 July 2021 by Richard Burgon MP (53 signatures, including Birkenhead’s Mick Whitley and West Derby’s Ian Byrne)

“This House notes that the UK Government has authorised hundreds of millions of pounds worth of arms sales to Israel between 2016 and 2020; believes that the UK Government should end these arms sales as part of efforts to end Israel’s militarized repression of Palestinians, violations of international law and the illegal occupation of Palestine; and therefore welcomes the presentation of the Israel Arms Trade (Prohibition) Bill laid on 7 July 2021 that seeks to stop the UK Government from authorising arms sales to Israel.”

EDM no. 145 – Irish Dail policy on the annexation of Palestinian territories

Tabled 7 June 2021 by Kenny MacAskill MP (8 signatures)

“That this House praises the historic decision by the Irish Dail to condemn the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands by Israel; notes that the Dail Motion condemned the recent and ongoing forced displacement of Palestinian communities in the occupied Palestinian territory and described the annexation of Palestinian territory as a violation of international law; recognises that this historic moment is a victory for justice and recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; and calls on the UK Government and devolved legislatures to replicate said decision.”

EDM no.55 – Attacks on journalists in Gaza

Tabled 17 May 2021 by Grahame Morris MP (51 signatures, including Wavertree’s Paul Barker, West Derby’s Ian Byrne, Riverside’s Kim Johnson, Walton’s Dan Carden and Birkenhead’s Mick Whitley)

“That this House deplores the attack by the Israeli military on the building in Gaza housing media including Associated Press and Al Jazeera, which follows attacks or detentions of at least thirty journalists and two previous strikes on journalist’s offices in Gaza; supports the demands of the International Federation of Journalists for an end to the deliberate and systematic targeting of media and journalists in a clear attempt to silence those reporting from on the ground in Gaza; further condemns recent attacks on Israeli journalists by settler groups in Gaza; notes that Israel is in breach of its international obligations, specifically UN Security Council Resolution 1738 which requires States to protect journalists and their support staff working in conflict environments; and calls on the UK Government to do everything in its power, including via the United Nations, to press the Israeli authorities to end the impunity for attacks on journalists in Gaza.”

EDM no.25 – East Jerusalem and Gaza

Tabled 12 May 2021 by Kenny MacAskill (5 signatures)

“That this House condemns unreservedly the Israeli brutality in East Jerusalem and Gaza; refutes entirely that there is any equivalence with actions by Palestinian demonstrators or militants; notes that there is no comparison between state orchestrated violence perpetrated by a military and civil power with legitimate protest by civilians or even retaliatory attacks by militant organisations; reaffirms its calls for peace in the area; and calls on the Government to unequivocally condemn Israeli actions and push for the upholding of international law.”

EDM no.3 – Violence perpetrated by Israeli authorities against Palestinian civilians in Sheikh Jarrah

Tabled 11 May 2021 by Tahir Ali MP (39 signatures, including West Derby’s Ian byrne, Riverside’s Kim Johnson and Birkenhead’s Mick Whitley)

“That this House unequivocally condemns the ongoing violence perpetrated by Israeli authorities against Palestinian civilians in the Sheikh Jarrah area of Jerusalem; condemns the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli police which left hundreds of civilians injured; joins the UN in calling upon the Israeli authorities to demonstrate maximum restraint and to allow the freedom of peaceful assembly for Palestinians; opposes and will work to prevent the ongoing evictions of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem, which is part of a wider attempt to push Palestinians out of Jerusalem altogether; calls on the international community to pursue suitable sanction against the Israeli Government until all violations of international law and human rights are ceased; and recognises that the violence perpetrated by the Israeli authorities in May 2021, along with the continued evictions of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah, increases regional tensions and frustrates efforts to broker a lasting and just peace between Israel and Palestine.”

2019 – 2021 session

EDM no.1724 – Military trial, detention and treatment of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities

Tabled 12 April 2021 bty Tommy Sheppard MP (51 signatures, including Wavertree’s Paula Barker and Wirral West’s Margaret Greenwood)

“That this House notes with concern that Israeli forces continue to arrest, detain and try several hundred Palestinian children in the Israeli military court and detention system each year despite evidence that that process is rife with international law violations; further notes that Israel is the only country in the world that automatically and systematically prosecutes Palestinian children in military courts which lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections; notes that ill-treatment of Palestinian child detainees by Israeli authorities includes widespread physical and psychological violence, blindfolding, strip searches, denial of food and water, position abuse and isolation solely for the purpose of interrogation, and the denial of access to a lawyer before and during interrogations; remarks on the disparity between treatment of Israeli and Palestinian children in Israeli custody; asserts that Israel, as the occupying power under international humanitarian law in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is responsible for protecting the rights of Palestinian children living under military occupation; notes too that the recommendations of the 2012 Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded report, Children in Military Custody, and UNICEF’s 2013 report, Children in Israeli Military Detention, have not been met; believes that in no circumstances should civilians, particularly children, be detained or prosecuted under the jurisdiction of military courts or held in military detention; and urges the Government to engage with the Government of Israel to end the military trial and detention of Palestinian children and, as a minimum safeguard, to respect and ensure basic due process rights and the absolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment.”

EDM no. 1680 – Israeli permit system: children and parents in Gaza

Tabled 22 March 2021 by Riverside’s Kim Johnson MP (43 signatures, including Wavertree’s Paula Barker, West Derby’s Ian Byrne, Walton’s Dan Carden and Birkenhead’s Mick Whitley)

That this House condemns the inhumane practice of separation of children in Gaza who need medical treatment from outside the Strip from their parents, who are routinely denied accompanier passes by Israel; notes that since January 2018, Physicians for Human Rights Israel has assisted over 130 children including breastfed babies who needed to exit Gaza for medical treatment whose parents were not granted permits so could not be by their side during operations, chemotherapy and other treatments; further notes that as of October 2020, COGAT representatives noted in the Knesset that 40 per cent of children exited for medical treatment without their parents; it expresses profound concern at the serious psychological and physical implications for the children and the violation of their right to health; adds its voice to calls from the Physicians for Human Rights Israel, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the European Academy of Pediatrics, the International Society of Social Pediatrics and Child Health and others to ensure that every child exiting Gaza will be accompanied by at least one of their parents and be able to access treatment in a speedy manner; and calls on the Government to use its multilateral and bilateral relations with Israel and do everything in its power to ensure it upholds its commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to end its horrific ongoing separation of sick children from their parents.

EDM no. 1386 – Covid-19 vaccination of Palestinians in the occupied territories

Tabled 20 January 2021 by Nadia Whittome MP (28 signatures,including Wavertree’s Paula Barker and Riverside’s Kim Johnson)

“That this House notes that after more than 53 years of occupation, Israeli authorities have an obligation to fully respect the human rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories, including their right to health; notes the Israeli government’s duties under the Forth Geneva Convention to ensure medical supplies, including to combat the spread of pandemics, within occupied territories; notes that the United Nations has confirmed that the Israeli government is legally obliged to protect the right to health and other rights of the populations in the occupied territories; notes concerns raised by a number of human rights organisations and the World Health Organisation regarding the Israeli government’s lack of action in vaccinating Palestinians in the occupied territories; expresses alarm at the unjust and stark contrast between Israeli citizens, including settlers in the West Bank, who are receiving Covid-19 vaccinations at one of the most rapid rates in the world and the unprotected and vulnerable state of Palestinians in the occupied territories who will not begin to receive the vaccine for several months; and urges the British government to use all diplomatic and foreign aid routes to address this disparity and uphold the human rights of the 4.5 million people living in the occupied territories.”

EDM no.1140 – Demolition of Palestinian homes

Tabled 16 November 2020 by Tommy Sheppard MP (27 signatures)

“That this House strongly condemns Israel’s destruction of the entire Palestinian village of Khirbet Hamsa al-Foqa; is appalled that 73 people, including 41 children, have been made homeless in the largest incident of forced displacement in the West Bank for years; notes that 2020 has seen the highest level of Palestinian home demolitions in four years, despite the covid-19 pandemic, which has left over 800 people homeless many of who are children; is alarmed that JCB equipment is being supplied to Israeli forces for the destruction of Palestinian structures, and that the UN Human Rights Office has listed the British company as sustaining illegal settlements; and calls on the Government to immediately ban all UK trade with illegal Israeli settlements, and take action to prevent equipment supplied by British companies, including JCB, from operating in them.”

EDM no.1139 – Israeli annexation of Palestinian land

Tabled 16 November 2020 by Tommy Sheppard MP (18 signatures)

“That this House is deeply alarmed by the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements; notes that, despite the temporary suspension of formal annexation plans, Israel has accelerated the construction of illegal settlements across the West Bank to its fastest pace since 2012; recognises that settlement expansion amounts to the de facto annexation of territory, and needs the same robust international response as formal annexation; acknowledges that Israel’s displacement of Palestinian communities to establish Jewish only settlements, with different rights allocated depending on ethnicity, is being referred to by many political analysts and legal scholars as an example of apartheid; and calls on the Government to take effective measures in response.”

EDM no.794 – Remembering Dr Runa Mackay

Tabled 22 July 2020 by Marion Fellows MP (11 signatures including Wavertree’s Paula Barker)

“That this House notes and celebrates the life and legacy of Dr Runa Mackay who was born on 30 July 1921 and who died on 31 May 2020 at the age of 98; acknowledges her lifetime of service to the Palestinian people by first working as a paediatrician at the EMMS hospital in Nazareth for six months in 1954, returning in 1957 for 20 years where she treated patients who would otherwise have gone without medical care; recognises that she then helped establish and worked with the Galilee Society of Health, Research and Service to serve local communities and also worked for the Israeli Ministry of Health as she felt she would have more power to improve conditions for Palestinians in the villages surrounding Nazareth; further notes that following her retirement in 1987 she began working for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) to treat those in refugee camps in Lebanon, then at a children’s hospital in Hebron and later became a MAP trustee regularly visiting Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and started MAP in Scotland; believes Dr Mackay, who worked into her mid-90s, was an extraordinary woman; and further recognises the 60 years of dedication and service that she gave to treating people, particularly the Palestinian people.”

EDM no. 529 – Eviction of Palestinian family from East Jerusalem

Tabled 2 June 2020 by Tommy Sheppard MP (72 signatures including Wavertree’s Paula Barker and West Derby’s  Ian Byrne)

“That this House strongly condemns the ongoing attempts of the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) to evict the Sumarin family from their home in East Jerusalem; recognises this within a broader context of the Israeli government’s efforts to demographically alter the population of Jerusalem, and the controversial use of Israel’s Absentee Property Law to dispossess Palestinians of their land; notes the Sumarin family have lived at their property, with deeds of ownership, for over fifty years; reiterates that ethnic cleansing is one of the most serious crimes, and that the UK is committed to upholding international law; urgently requests the Government to intervene on behalf of the Sumarin family, and calls on the Charity Commission to review the charitable status of JNF UK.”

EDM no. 464 – Proposed Israeli annexation of part of the West Bank

Tabled 11 May 2020 by Andy Slaughter MP (79 signatures including West Derby’s Ian Byrne, Wavertree’s Paula Barker and Birkenhead’s Mick Whitley)

“That this House notes with concern the plans of the new Israeli coalition government to annex part of the occupied West Bank; further notes that Israeli legislation can progress from 1 July 2020 to carry out such an annexation; highlights that any such annexation of territory occupied in 1967 is a breach of international law which rejects any acquisition of territory through force and that it would be a major threat to peace; notes that when Russia illegally annexed the Crimea in 2014, the UK joined EU partners in imposing sanctions on that country; calls on the Government to make clear to the Israeli Government that such a step will have severe consequences for the UK-Israel relationship; and further calls on the Government to introduce sanctions similar to those impose on Russia in the event that an annexation of occupied territory takes place.”

EDM no. 225 – International Law and trade with illegal Israeli settlements

Tabled 26 February 2020 by Andy Slaughter MP (64 signaures including West Derby’s Ian Byrne)

“That this House recognises the publication of the UN’s database of companies operating in Israeli settlements; acknowledges that all Israeli settlements are illegal and that the transfer of a civilian population to an occupied territory is a war crime under international law; notes that complicity in war crimes is a serious criminal offence; reaffirms the Government’s obligation to uphold international law, and the corporate responsibility of companies to respect human rights, as outlined in the UN Guiding Principles; is alarmed that UK businesses are listed in the UN database, while also recognising that the database itself is not exhaustive of all companies supporting illegal settlement infrastructure; welcomes the report of Amnesty International highlighting that companies cannot do business in or with settlements without contributing to violations of international humanitarian and human rights law; and calls on the Government to fulfil its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention, relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and under customary international humanitarian law, by banning UK trade with illegal settlements and making binding regulations for companies to uphold human rights standards.”


Tabled 7 January 2020 by Martyn Day MP (18 signatures)

“That this House notes the statement from the International Criminal Court prosecutor, Fatuo Bensouda, on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine; reaffirms full support for the application of international humanitarian law and prosecution where violations are found to have occurred; welcomes the scope of the investigation into war crimes committed in the Israel-Palestine conflict; further notes that in addition to investigating Israel for war crimes the investigation will also look at Palestinian organisations for targeting civilians, use of torture and denial of fair trials; welcomes the impartiality of the investigation; and calls upon the UK Government to apply all necessary pressure upon those party to the Israel-Palestine conflict and urge unfettered access for the ICC to carry out its investigation without hindrance.”

2017 – 2019 session


Tabled 23 July 2019 by Wes Streeting MP (60 signatures)

“That this House condemns the demolition of Palestinian buildings in the Sur Baher neighbourhood in East Jerusalem; notes that this is an area under the control of the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo Accords; further notes that these demolitions have been condemned by the EU, UN and both Israeli and Palestinian human rights organisations; believes that such demolitions set back the prospects for peace and a two-state solution; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to condemn these demolitions and make representations to the Government of Israel to cease these demolitions immediately.”


Tabled 22 July 2019 by Alex Sobel MP (14 signatures)

“That this House condemns US peace envoy Jason Greenblatt’s comments made in an interview with PBS on 17 July 2019, in which Greenblatt rejected the term occupied to describe the West Bank and described as pejorative the use of the word settlements; notes that the Oslo Accords recognised that land as occupied and the settlements as part of the West Bank and not Israel; and urges the Government to press the US to return to the Oslo Accords and restart the negotiating process according to Article V of the Accords”


Tabled 30 April 2019 by Andy Slaughter MP (43 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

“That this House condemns any annexation by the State of Israel of any part of the territories occupied in 1967; notes it has already illegally annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights; further notes that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu threatened during Israeli elections to annex part of or all of the West Bank; recalls that international law prohibits the acquisition of territory by force; believes that any such move threatens any solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict; and calls on the Government to make clear that any such Israeli annexation would entail significant consequences for UK-Israeli relations.”


Tabled 22 March  2019 by Richard Burden MP (34 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

That this House reiterates its support for the long-held international position that Israel is in occupation of the Golan Heights and has been for nearly 52 years; notes that such an occupation should be temporary and that all Israeli settlements there are illegal under international law; urges the UK Government and European partners to oppose the new position of the US Government recognising the Golan as Israeli territory; and calls on the UK Government to reiterate the vital nature of the land-for-peace formula based on UN Security Council Resolution 242 and the UN Security Council Resolution 497 of 1981 calling on Israel to rescind its illegal annexation to be implemented.


Tabled 4 September 2018 by Richard Burden MP (87 signatures including Liverpool Walton’s Dan Carden)

“That this House is appalled by the decision of the US Administration to end its funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which amounts to a reduction of nearly a third of UNRWA’s operating budget; believes that such a move takes the Middle East further away from peace and is part of an unprecedented attempt to undermine the international legal consensus on the protected status of Palestinian refugees; notes that across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, around six million Palestinian refugees are registered with UNRWA and reaffirms their status as such; is concerned that this funding decision will critically endanger UNRWA’s ability to continue providing vital services, including health care and social services as well as education for well over 500,000 refugee children; and calls on the Government to work with international partners to fill the funding gap left by the US Administration and ensure that vital front-line services are not put at risk by this reckless unilateral withdrawal of support.”


Tabled 24 July 20178 by Alex Sobel MP (33 signatures)

“That this House notes with concern the Nation State Law passed in the Israeli Knesset by just 62 votes to 55; further notes this law enshrines the concept that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people as a basic law and alters the application of the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty in court rulings, and permits judges to give priority to Israel’s Jewish character in their rulings; notes in addition that Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the Palestinian Authority must acknowledge aspects of the law as a condition for a future peace agreement, putting the two state solution at risk; declares that democracies by their character treat all their citizens equally before the law and are committed to the pluralism of peoples and that this law abandons those basic tenets; and therefore calls on the Government to urge the Israeli Government to repeal the Nation State Law and to enshrine equal status to all its citizens.”


Tabled 23 July 2018 by Alex Sobel MP (25 signatures)

“That this House expresses concern over reports that the Israeli Government is increasingly refusing to renew the residency permits and visas of foreign nationals who live and work in the Palestinian Territories; affirms the view that foreign nationals must be granted access to visit, travel and live in the Palestinian Territories unless there are legitimate security concerns; supports those foreign nationals who have made the Occupied Palestinian Territory their centre of life and built their careers in Palestine; believes that actions and policies which isolate Palestinians will harm peace building efforts; and calls on the Government to apply all appropriate diplomatic pressure to ensure foreign nationals, including British nationals, as well as aid workers have unhindered access to Palestine and for Israeli authorities to provide all assistance required to those who seek permits to reside in the Palestinian Territories.”


Tabled 21 May 2018 by Richard Burden MP (48 signatures including Liverpool Walton’s Dan Carden)

“That this House welcomes the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on 18 May 2018 to establish an independent, international Commission of Inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the context of large-scale civilian protests in the occupied Palestinian territory; regrets the failure of the Government to join 29 partner countries on the HRC in condemning the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians; believes the reasons given by the Government for its abstention from the vote do not bear scrutiny as the HRC resolution calls on all parties to ensure that future demonstrations remain peaceful and to abstain from actions that could endanger the lives of civilians; calls, as the remit of the Inquiry is to investigate all human rights violations and as the resolution, both on Israel and the occupying power and on all relevant parties to co-operate with the commission of inquiry and facilitate its access; and further calls on the Government to make good on the statements by the Minister for the Middle East to hon. Members during the Urgent Question on events in Gaza answered in the House on 15 May 2018 by giving its active support to the HRC Commission of Inquiry and upholding in practice the principle of accountability for violations of international law.”


Tabled 15 May 2018 by Jonathan Edwards MP (25 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

That this House unreservedly and unequivocally condemns the brutal actions of the Israeli Government in Gaza on 14 May 2018; recognises the decision by President Trump to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a deliberately inflammatory and dangerous act that has only served to heighten tensions in the region; believes this action has directly led to the killing of 55 Palestinians and injuring of over 2,000; further recognises the fundamental right of Palestinian people to demonstrate without being shot at with live ammunition, and the duty on the Israeli Government to respect the human rights of civilians; further condemns the US for abdicating all responsibility for leading peace efforts and calls on the rest of the international community to quickly determine how to fill the absence and avoid a more prolonged and open conflict; urges the Government to not simply remain silent on the systematic abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories; and calls on the Government to urge the Israeli Government to put an end to the entirely unnecessary death of protestors, and to work with the Palestinian Authority and the international community to find a peaceful way to negotiate a two-state solution to bring an end to this conflict.”


Tabled 11 May 2018  by Richard Burden MP (28 signatures)

“That this House notes that 15 May 2018 marks 70 years since the Nakba catastrophe in which more than 750,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes; further notes that Palestinian refugees’ right of return as recognised by UN Resolution 194 has been blocked by successive Israeli governments; notes that there are now over five million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and overseas, as well as internally displaced Palestinians living in Israel; notes the restrictions on civil and political rights for refugees in some of those countries and the extreme vulnerability of Palestinian refugees to the conflict in Syria; calls on the UK Government to work to improve the wellbeing of Palestinian refugees in host countries, without prejudice to their rights under international law, and therefore to respond positively to the UN’s appeal to offset the funding crisis now facing the vital work of UNRWA, which has been dramatically worsened by the US’ decision to withhold $65 million from the Agency; believes that a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on human rights and international law will be an essential ingredient of durable peace in the Middle East; and further calls on the UK Government to pursue that objective in its international diplomacy.”


Tabled 17 April 2018 by Lisa Nandy MP (109 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

“That this House notes with concern the upcoming Israeli High Court hearing on 25 April 2018 on the demolition of buildings in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank; condemns those plans and the impact they will have on communities in the occupied Palestinian territories; believes that the demolition of these buildings would be a flagrant disregard by Israel of both the will of the international community and the international legal order; further notes that the coercive environment of threatened demolition, illegal settlement expansion and forcible displacement are a daily reality faced by communities in the occupied Palestinian territories; is concerned that such demolitions form part of Israel’s E1 plan which will cut off Palestinians living in East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, jeopardising the contiguity of any future Palestinian state and thus undermining an already fragile two-state solution; welcomes the actions taken by the EU in issuing a demarche to Israel; reminds the Government of its duties as a signatory to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Fourth Geneva Convention; and calls on the Government to exert meaningful and decisive political, diplomatic and economic pressure on the Israeli authorities to halt the demolitions programme as a whole and, in particular, to abandon attempts to demolish the school and other buildings in Khan al-Ahmar.”


Tabled 15 January 2018 by Grahame Morris MP (31 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

That this House expresses deep concern over the allegations raised by the human rights organisation B’Tselem that Palestinian land in the West Bank is being used for the treatment of Israeli waste, including hazardous waste; notes that Israel is using the occupation of the Palestinian Territories to deny the Palestinian people dignity and is putting Palestinian residents health at risk; further notes that the exploitation of the occupied territories is illegal under international law; and calls for an immediate end to this unjust practice and for steps to be taken to prevent waste treatment facilities being operated by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Tabled 21 December 2017 by Dr Philippa Whitford MP (49 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

“That this House expresses deep concern that in the early hours of 19 December an Israeli Border Police unit broke into the Tamimi family home during a night raid in Nabi Saleh and arrested 17-year-­old Ahed Tamimi, taking her away for interrogation; believes that Ahed is targeted because she is the daughter of parents who are leading activists in the popular struggle against the occupation in the village of Nabi Saleh; acknowledges the reality of repression against ordinary Palestinians and notes the disproportionate response to any action taken by Ahed and rejects the routine use of night arrests and interrogation of minors by Israeli military forces which fuel further hatred and division; calls for the immediate unconditional release of Ahed Tamimi; and asks the Government to make representations to Israel that actions carried out by the occupying power that are not necessitated by genuine security concerns are in violation of the laws governing military occupation.”


Tabled 20 November 2017 by Lisa Nandy MP (144 signatures including Liverpool Walton’s Dan Carden, Wallasey’s Angela Eagle and St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

“That this House notes with concern that hundreds of Palestinian children continue to be arrested, detained and tried in Israeli military courts, despite the practice involving widespread and systematic violations of international law and being widely condemned; further notes that allegations of ill-treatment at the hands of Israeli authorities include blindfolding, physical violence and arrest at night; notes the disparity between the treatment of Israeli and Palestinian children by Israeli authorities and calls for those authorities to treat Palestinian children in a way that is not inferior to the way they would any Israeli child; notes that, as the occupying power in the West Bank, Israel has a responsibility under international human rights conventions for the safety, welfare and human rights protection of Palestinian children living under occupation; notes with concern that the recommendations of Unicef’s 2013 Children in Israeli Military Detention Report remain largely unmet; and urges the Government to urgently engage with the Government of Israel to end the widespread and systemic human rights violations suffered by Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.”


Tabled 31 October 2017 by Caroline Lucas MP (22 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

“That this House acknowledges the centenary anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on 2 November 2017; notes that the Declaration pledged Britain’s support for a national home in Palestine for the Jewish people on the understanding that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine; recognises that the promise to protect indigenous non-Jewish communities has not been accomplished and must be fulfilled; believes that the anniversary is an opportunity to reflect critically upon the role that the British Government has played and its failure to uphold obligations and safeguard the rights of Palestinians; celebrates the achievements of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra who are performing in the UK in advance of the centenary and whose work bridges the divide between Palestinians and Israelis; reaffirms its support for the negotiation of a durable peace between Israelis and Palestinians, resulting in two sovereign states of Israel and Palestine, both with viability and contiguity within secure and internationally recognised borders; and calls on the Government to recognise the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel so as to contribute to a secure and negotiated end to violent conflict.”


Tabled 25 October 2017 by Alistair Carmichael MP (31 signatures including St Helens South’s Marie Rimmer)

“That this House is deeply concerned about the crisis facing Palestinian women with breast cancer, particularly those living in Gaza; notes that restrictions on freedom of movement imposed by Israel prevent many from reaching essential treatment, such as radiotherapy, elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territory; expresses deep concern over reports of multiple deaths in 2017 of breast cancer and other patients awaiting permits to exit Gaza for treatment; further notes that shortages of essential medicines and electricity amid restrictions on the exit of Palestinian medical staff for training severely impact on the quality of treatment available inside Gaza; expresses further concern that the closure of Gaza which the International Committee of the Red Cross termed a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of lsrael’s obligations under international humanitarian law has continued for 10 years; and calls on the Government to use its multilateral and bilateral relations with Israel to press for an end to the illegal closure of Gaza and for the humanitarian needs of its population to be met.”


Tabled 18 July 2017 by Caroline Lucas MP (22 signatures)

“That this House is deeply concerned about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip; notes that the blockade of Gaza by the Israeli and Egyptian authorities has been in place for 10 years, violates international law and continues to impoverish civilians in Gaza; recognises that Gaza remains under Israeli occupation and that Israel’s military controls Gaza’s land and maritime borders; notes that the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has said Gaza will be unliveable for its 1.8 million inhabitants by 2018; expresses grave concern at the combination of lsraeli, Egyptian, Palestinian Authority and Hamas policies that have made the situation in Gaza acutely worse over the past month; condemns the Israeli decision of 19 June to cut electricity supply to Gaza on the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas; further notes that on 12 July the sole power plant in Gaza shut down due to lack of fuel; expresses concern that inadequate supply of power will result in critical services, including hospital intensive care, being shut down; calls on all parties urgently to engage in talks to resolve the electricity crisis; and calls on the Government to apply pressure to the Israeli and Egyptian authorities so as to ensure the basic needs of civilians in Gaza are met.”


Tabled 5 July 2017 by Richard Burden MP (27 signatures)

“That this House notes that June 2017 marked 50 years since the Six Day War of 1967 and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as the Golan Heights; further notes that a system of military rule over areas of the West Bank has made way for the construction of Israeli settlements, with over 600,000 people in around 200 illegal settlements, and that in the past 50 years some 48,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished; recognises that the ongoing military occupation is a barrier to peace and security for all Israelis and Palestinians; and therefore calls on the Government to demand an end to the 50-year occupation and to recognise the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, contributing to securing a negotiated two-state solution in line with the resolution passed by this House on 13 October 2014.”


Tabled 21 June 2017 by Chris Stephens MP (14 signatures)

“That this House endorses Amnesty lnternational’s newly launched global campaign calling on governments around the world to ban imports from illegal Israeli settlements; notes that this campaign coincides with the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and Gaza; expresses grave concern at the UK’s complicity in a multi-million pound enterprise that fuels mass human rights violations against Palestinians and the legal implications this has under international law; calls on the Government to preclude all trade, imports and investment in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise by adopting a total ban on trade and imports that are proven to either originate or are tied to Israel’s illegal settlements in territories under Israel’s belligerent military occupation; further calls on the Government to ensure that the UK acts in compliance with its obligations under international laws and treaties which require the Government, along with all third parties, to ensure respect for international law and not recognise an illegal situation arising from breaches, such as Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, and refrain from any activity that would render aid or assistance to such grave and severe breaches of peremptory norms of international law; and asks the Government to demand that Israel dismantle the settlements and fully withdraw from the territories occupied in 1967.”