HC Deb 30 June 1982 vol 26 cc335-6W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has obtained from the Israeli Government about the treatment of Palestinian prisoners captured by the Israeli Regular Army.

Mr. Hurd

One of the assurances sought by the Belgian Presidency, on behalf of the Ten, from the Israeli Government on 14 June was that the relevant Geneva conventions would be applied in Lebanon, particularly as regards Palestinian prisoners. So far no satisfactory reply has been received. The attitude of the Israeli Government towards Palestinian prisoners therefore remains ambiguous. We have noted with concern reports that the Israeli Government regard such prisoners as "terrorists" who will not be treated as prisoners of war. We shall continue to make our concern known to the Israeli Government and urge them to clarify the status of the Palestinian prisoners they are holding.

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