Theresa May agrees to look into case of British woman's unexplained death in Eilat

SNP MP Hannah Bardell raised issue of Julie Pearson’s death in PMQs today


Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will look into what more can be done for the family of a British woman who died while living in Eilat.

During Prime Minister’s Questions today, Hannah Bardell, Scottish National Party MP for Livingston, pressed Mrs May for action on behalf of the family of Julie Pearson, from Kinross in Scotland, who died last November in mysterious circumstances.

Ms Bardell said: “A year ago this week my constituent lost her niece Julie, believed to be unlawfully killed in Eilat, Israel.

“Her [Mrs May’s] predecessor was good enough to give me support, as was the FCO, but after a year of writing letters meetings and putting pressure on the Israeli government, the family are no closer to justice for Julie.

“Will she meet with me and my constituent to understand what further pressure can be put on Israeli authorities, so the family can get answers and understand who brought this terrible crime against their family member?”

Mrs May assured the MP “the foreign office is actively working on this question”.

She added: “Of course I will ask him [the foreign minister] to respond and meet with her to discuss what more can be done and set out exactly what they are doing on this issue.”

In March Israeli pathologists told the British embassy that Ms Pearson had died of "natural causes" following internal bleeding in her stomach caused by an unidentified condition.

But her family believes she died following an attack by her Palestinian boyfriend and that the police had not investigated the case sufficiently.

The pathology report confirmed that Ms Pearson - who moved to Israel in 2014 and had a Jewish father - had been attacked before her death.

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