Secretary of State for International Development, Rt. Hon. Justine Greening MP, stated that the Government “would have preferred” to see a more balanced UN Human Rights Council Resolution, during International Development questions this week.
The International Development Secretary said: “We would have preferred to see a text that gave more weight to Israel’s legitimate right to self-defence and to the threat that Israel faces from militant groups operating from inside Gaza, including Hamas”.
The DfID Secretary’s answer was in response to a question by David Burrowes MP raising concern at the UNHRC’s moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel.
The MP for Enfield and Southgate asked the Secretary of State: “How does last week’s Gaza resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council help aid efforts when it draws an equivalence between Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organisation, and Israel, a democratic state defending itself against attacks on its citizens?”.
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