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Conservative MP’s Remarks Draw Controversy Over Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

UK MP Accuses Israel of Killing Palestinian Children in Military Operations
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LONDON — A Conservative member of the United Kingdom parliament on Tuesday accused Israel of killing Palestinian children in military operations this year.

Paul Bristow, The Tory representative for Peterborough, made the comments to the House of Commons during a foreign questions’ session. 

“In 2023 dozens Palestinian children have been killed in Israeli military operations,” said Bristow in an address to U.K. Foreign Minister David Rutley.

“We should never become immune to those deaths, and the tragedy of those deaths,” Bristow continued. “Will the minister agree with me, and urge the Israeli government to show compassion and restraint and urge all sides to put respect for human life first?” said the Tory representative. 

The National Jewish Assembly issued a statement objecting to Bristow’s remarks about Israel. The purpose of the National Jewish Assembly is to be a truly representative conduit for the communication of the views of British Jewry to government and other decision-makers according to their website.

“Conservative MP Paul Bristow’s comments are highly misleading and give the erroneous impression that the Israeli army is deliberately targeting so-called children. The truth is that the young people who have died are members of Palestinian terrorist factions, who carry weapons with the intention of killing Israelis. While all deaths are tragic, these are happening in the context of self-defense,” said National Jewish Assembly chairperson Gary Mond.

UK Conservative MP Paul Bristow. The Conservative member of the United Kingdom parliament on Tuesday accused Israel of killing Palestinian children in military operations this year. RICHARD TOWNSHEND VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

“It is essential to note that the so-called ‘children’ mentioned by Mr. Bristow are, by and large, teenagers who are fully-fledged members of Palestinian terrorist organizations. Israel, like any sovereign state, has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens from terrorist militants and maintain security in the face of ongoing threats,” he added.

In its statement, the NJA also criticized a series of remarks about Israel made by Rutley during Tuesday’s exchange in the House of Commons.

“The NJA urges MPs and public figures to engage in informed and responsible discussions, rather than to perpetuate false narratives. Accusing Israel without proper evidence and disregarding the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict undermines the prospects for meaningful dialogue and a just resolution.”

Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate

(Additional reporting provided by JNS Reporter)

Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager

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