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Early day Motion from George Galloway MP

Israel lobby support for the leader of HM Opposition
By George Galloway MP

This House notes with concern the increasingly close relationship between the Britain-Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) and the office of the leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon member for Witney (Mr Cameron).

The House notes that BICOM's chairman Poju Zabludowicz, a close associate of Benyamin Netanyahu, a Finnish billionaire, and British non-domiciled resident taxpayer and former arms dealer has donated over 2 million pounds over the last three years to BICOM as well as funding, through his British subsidiary company Tamares Real Estate Investments, Mr Cameron's leadership campaign and subsequently his private office as well as the Conservative party.

The House notes with concern that Zabludowicz is profiting from substantial investments in the illegal Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and ask HM Government to clarify whether it is a) legal for British residents to profit from the fruits of illegal settlement activity and b) legal for British political parties to receive donations which may well in part be funded from such activities.

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