Israel has asked the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to outlaw Hamas and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Channel 7 reported.
Sajid, who is in Israel at the moment, met with Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan yesterday in Tel Aviv before going on to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In 2001 the UK proscribed Hamas’ military wing, the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, as a “terrorist organisation” however recognises its political arm as the body which governs the besieged Gaza Strip.
During his two-day trip to Israel, Javid visited the Western Wall (Al-Buraq Wall) in occupied East Jerusalem and placed a note between its stones. He also made a “deeply moving and emotional” visit to the national Holocaust memorial and museum at Yad Vashem.
He also became the first UK cabinet minister to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.
Honoured to be first British Cabinet Minister to say a prayer at Al Aqsa Mosque, and visit the beautiful Dome of the Rock (3/4) pic.twitter.com/6UFydl3vE8
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) July 1, 2019
He said: “Freedom of religion and belief is a non-negotiable right for all peoples, and the UK government is committed to tackling anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, the persecution of Christians and any other impediments to this right both in the UK and around the world.”
He also met with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and UN Middle East envoy Nicoklay Mladenov, when he reaffirmed that the UK “remains committed to making progress towards a two-state solution… with Jerusalem as a shared capital”.
Important discussions with Palestinian National Authority PM @DrShtayyeh in Ramallah. A two-state solution is vital in ensuring long-term peace & security for Palestinians & Israelis pic.twitter.com/aDhLdQDl9i
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) June 30, 2019