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Motion S4M-02477: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/03/2012

Safe Passage to the West Bank scottishparliament

That the Parliament commends those people attempting to travel from Scotland to the West Bank as part of the Welcome to Palestine initiative on 15 April 2012 at the invitation of Palestinian civil society in order to take part in political discussion and education projects in Bethlehem, to bring attention to the fact that Palestinians have been denied visitation rights in the occupied territories, to highlight what is considered the repressive nature of the Israeli state, which it understands jailed and then deported 150 peaceful individuals in the 2011 initiative, to raise awareness of the lack of freedom of movement endured by Palestinians both inside and outside the occupied territories and to show solidarity with the Palestinian people who it believes continue to be denied the most basic of rights.

Supported by (at 13 April 2012): Joe FitzPatrick, Dennis Robertson, Colin Keir, Richard Lyle, Hugh Henry, Angus MacDonald, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Humza Yousaf, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Claudia Beamish

 

The apartheid wall supported by BritainTo Whom It May Concern,

I am e-mailing from the Consular Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office(FCO) in London.  We are aware as part of the Welcome to Palestine Initiative that there are plans for a number of people to fly to Tel Aviv in April...

We advise that anyone wishing to travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) to read through the travel advice on the FCO's website, this is available at the following link:
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/israel-occupied
This does highlight that travellers should be aware of immigration policy before travelling, and that travellers should adhere to the relevant immigration requirements.

Please be aware that the FCO is unable to interfere in another country's immigration policies or procedures and are not able to approach the Israeli authorities to request that they do not hinder the passage of any British nationals wishing to travel to the OPTs.  The Israel immigration officials are under no obligation to explain their decisions to us, and as mentioned in our travel advice, they have the right to refuse entry to anyone they wish.  The UK's immigration is similarly protected.

Kind Regards

Ch****** F*****

Assistant Desk Officer for the Middle East

 

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