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Batley and Spen MP challenges ministers over proposal to move the British Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Kim Leadbeater MP, member of Parliament for Batley and Spen today challenged government ministers over the proposed move of the British Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Following Ms Leadbeater’s question, Foreign Office minister David Rutley, confirmed that the move would not now be taking place.

Given that both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss had indicated support for the move, Kim went on to ask:

“Why was that move ever under consideration, given that last month at the United Nations, 143 countries, including Israel and the UK, voted to reaffirm that any unilateral annexation of territory by another state is a violation of international law? Navi Pillay, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has observed that unless that principle is applied equally to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, it would become meaningless. Is this not just another example of the Conservative party’s chaotic approach to international relations that has so badly undermined the UK’s reputation on the global stage?”

Kim’s intervention can be seen here

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