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Prince William's Israel visit is being used to mask rights abuses against Palestinians

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PRINCE WILLIAM’s visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank is being used to mask rights abuses against Palestinians, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) said today.

The Duke of Cambridge visited the two areas today as part of a regional tour. Foreign Office policy says that the royal family should not make official visits to Israel because of its historic and grave violations of human rights, international law and UN resolutions.

PSC campaigners have said that they are deeply concerned that the trip, like other international and diplomatic visits, is being used by Israel to gloss over the persecution of Palestinians.

PSC director Ben Jamal said: “When the UK government sends a member of the royal family to any region in the world it is crucial their visit supports the principles of respect for human rights.

“If Prince William’s visit is to further this cause, it must be used to bring attention to the daily injustices meted out against Palestinians by the Israeli government and to urgently press the UK government to take meaningful action against this.”

Campaigners say it is crucial that all attempts to use the visit to normalise Israel’s continuous and systematic violations of human rights and humanitarian law are resisted.

PSC also highlighted concerns that Mr Windsor, second in line to the British throne, is already the target of pressure by the Israeli government not to refer to East Jerusalem as occupied territory, which would mean failing to recognise and endorse international law.

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