Harlow MP Robert Halfon sets record straight on his position on Gaza conflict

Politics / Fri 1st Aug 2014 at 12:16pm

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has gone on the record to put the record straight over his stance on the Gaza conflict.

The full statement can be found here

Mr Halfon said: “I have been asked on Twitter by @HarlowTUC and one or two others, to condemn Israel for its actions in Gaza, vis a vis the Israel-Hamas Gaza conflict.

Here is my response:

“I condemn, without equivocation – those who cause – whether Arab or Israeli – the loss of innocent life, whether it be through serious negligence – or deliberate targeting of civilians. They should be brought to justice – to account for what has occurred. I despair for the loss or injury of every innocent civilian, whether it be Israeli or Arab.

“I condemn the massacre of Palestinians in the Syrian Area of Yarmouk by Assad’s chemical weapons, his siege, and wish the world would not ignore the plight of Palestinians in areas other than Gaza.

“I condemn Hamas for deliberately using civilians as a human shield and hiding missiles in Mosques, hospitals and schools.

“I condemn Hamas for deliberately firing missiles onto Israeli towns and civilian areas. 11,000, since the Israeli unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and 2,825 in the past few months. If Israel had not had a missile defence system, thousands of Israelis would have died. 300,000 have already left their homes in Southern Israel to avoid missile attack.

“I condemn Hamas for building tunnels from Gaza into Israel, costing millions of dollars – and diverting much needed funds for the Palestinian population – in order to send terrorists and suicide bombings into Israel.

“I welcome the 1,387 trucks of humanitarian goods and supplies, the 4.4 million litres of diesel, the 3.2 million litres of fuel that has been sent from Israel into Gaza over the past month.

“I welcome that during 2013, 1.5 million tonnes of goods entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom Crossing and hope that more goods pass through to Gaza from Israel.

“I wonder why, when Gaza has two borders, between Israel and Egypt, that the question is not of asked of Egypt ‘to lift the siege’?

“I support a free Middle East, free from terror, free from Hamas, Al Qaeda, and ISIS. An enlightened, Middle East that has real liberty: a rule of law, genuine elections, property rights, religious tolerance, equality towards women and a rejection of terrorism.

“And yes, I support an enlightened Palestinian State – alongside a secure and democratic Israel, free from Hamas and living in peaceful coexistence.

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