Many constituents have written to me regarding the murder of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
I was shocked and saddened to hear this news of a legitimate and respected journalist doing her job. The act of violence has been condemned across the world.
The Foreign Secretary took over 24 hours to call for an investigation. You can listen to my statement in the House of Commons here.
Shireen’s murder was not only an horrific act, but an attack on all freedom of media. Journalists play a crucial role in democracy and all international and human rights should be upheld. There must be an urgent, independent and impartial inquiry to secure that.
The subsequent footage from Shireen’s funeral, showing Israeli police firing teargas at mourners and attacking them with batons, was deeply disturbing and appalling. I condemn this violence and believe this should be included in an independent inquiry.
I am deeply concerned that Shireen’s death and the treatment of mourners at her funeral could spark further cycles of violence. Tensions in the region were already high: the region has seen several deadly attacks and both Israelis and Palestinians have been killed.
I am unable to sign EDMs as a member of the Shadow Frontbench Team, however, I will continue to monitor this issue closely and continue to publicly condemn this ongoing violence.