Harrow MP on US President’s ‘recklessness’

Gareth dThose in Harrow who believe in social justice and truth are not short of actions in confronting oppressive and divisive situations.
Very recently Harrow council condemned Harrow East MP Bob Blackman (Con) for hosting an Indian extremist at an event in the Parliament which was most probably helped by his equally divisive assistant, a Tory candidate for the Queensbury ward.
Now while Mr Blackman has calculated his votes and is silent, Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas (Lab) has spoken out on the conflicts caused by aggressive and divisive Middle East politics.
“I believe we all have a shared duty to look towards the future and to the next generation of young people growing up in Israel and Palestine today” says Mr Thomas, and is concerned that at present, that generation knows nothing but division and violence.
He remains concerned by announcements this year of new settlement units in the West Bank which he points out “are illegal and further undermine the prospect of a two-state solution to this conflict”.
“I also continue to be concerned at the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the terrible suffering that many Palestinian people are experiencing” he said.
Regarding the protection of children in Israeli military detention, he believes “the Government must go further in encouraging Israel to do far more to implement the recommendations that have been made on this issue as soon as possible”.
He assures his commitment for pressing for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a viable state of Palestine.
“Both sides must avoid actions that would make peace harder to achieve. That must mean an end to the blockade, occupation and settlement construction, and an end to terror attacks” he said.
He believes it is essential that the Government continues to support dialogue and fully backs all initiatives aimed at keeping the two-state solution alive.
This is particularly important given the US President’s reckless decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital” he said.