Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Me and the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

In 2006, they stopped by for tea. 


Annex: The Committee's visit programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel 

The group consisted of:
Malcolm Bruce (Chairman)  Quentin Davies
John Barrett       James Duddridge
John Battle         Ann McKechin
John Bercow       Joan Ruddock
Richard Burden
Accompanied by:  Carol Oxborough (Clerk), Anna Dickson (Committee Specialist)
Briefing from Department for International Development and Foreign & Commonwealth officials
Meeting with David Shearer, Head, UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), OPTs
Meeting with Rafiq Husseini, Chief of Staff to the Palestinian President 
Roundtable with Palestinian businessmen:
  • Mr Mazen Sinokrot (Chairman, Sinokrot Global Group)
  • Mr Jihad al Wazir (Deputy Governor, Palestinian Monetary Authority)
  • Mr Talal Nasser Eddin (Chairman and CEO Birzeit Pharmaceutical Group)
  • Mr Mazen Jadallah (Director General, Palestinian Ministry of Finance)
Meeting with Negotiations Affairs Department and Negotiations Support Unit
Group 1: Meeting with Salaam Fayyad, Member of the Palestinian Parliament and former Minister of Finance
Group 2: Meeting with Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) 
Meeting with Hanan Ashwari, Secretary General, Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH); Janet Michael, Mayor of Ramallah; and Lanis Alami, Director of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights
Northern West Bank (organised by UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA))
Visits to Za'atara, Huwwarra and Beit Iba Checkpoints.
Visit to Balata Refugee Camp. Meetings with UNRWA officials, school staff and pupils and the Balata Camp Popular Committee
Visit to Awarta Checkpoint
Visit to Deir al Hatab and meeting with village Women's Association
Meeting with David Craig, Country Director, West Bank and Gaza, World Bank
Meeting with John Kjaer, Head of Mission, European Commission, Jerusalem
Meeting with British journalists based in the OPTs
Meeting with Amos Gill, Executive Director, Ir Amin
Meeting with Jaad Isaac, Director, Applied Research Institute
Meeting with Zahi Khoury, Palestinian businessman and Chairman of the National Beverage Company
Meeting with Terry Boulata, lobbyist and advocate 
Group 1 — Meeting with the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUCOPPS) and the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM)
Group 2 — Meeting with the EU Temporary International Mechanism Team
Civil Society Roundtable
  • Andre Batarseh, East Jerusalem YMCA
  • Rula Nesnas, Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC)
  • Iman Hammouri, Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Rania Kuttench, Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Mazen Hashweh, Director of Resource Development, Welfare Association
  • Dr Tawfiq Nasser, East Jerusalem Hospitals Network
  • Abed Al Qader Husseini, Faisal Husseini Foundation
Meeting with General Keith Dayton, US Security Co-ordinator 

Shilo Settlement
Meeting with Yisrael Medad, Settler representative

Meeting with officials from the Centre for International Development Co-operation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV)
Meeting with Nimrod Barkan, Head of Political Research Department and Daniel Taub, Deputy Legal Adviser, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel Aviv
Meeting with Ephraim Sneh, Deputy Defence Minister
Meeting with Shalom Turgeman, Foreign Policy Adviser and Yoram Turbowicz, Chief of Staff, Prime Minister's Office
Meeting with General Speigle, Chief Policy Adviser to the Defence Minister and Hagai Alon, Adviser on Palestinian Issues, Ministry of Defence
Meeting with human rights and civil society organisations:
Economic Cooperation Foundation
International Women's Commission
Peace Now


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