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Parliamentary petition urges Israel lobby inquiry

January 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

A new, Parliament-hosted petition is urging an official inquiry into the activities of the Israeli embassy and its lobbying efforts in Westminster.

The petition, titled ‘Inquiry into Israel influencing British political democracy’, has attracted more than 1,000 signatures in its first 24 hours online.

The petition follows “the revelation made by Al-Jazeera that a senior political officer at the UK’s Israeli Embassy talked of bringing down a UK Minister, other MPs, and influenced the setting up of groups within the Conservative and Labour Party, which are of serious concern.”

The text continues: “These actions of an employee of a foreign Embassy demonstrate major external interference into British domestic politics, which is a serious national security issue.”

The petition states that “it is therefore important that MPs openly debate the issue. We the undersigned urge the government to investigate this issue further, and prioritise this petition for a debate in parliament on receipt of the required signatories.”