Keep the pressure up on the British Government to end its blanket support for Israel’s terror operation in Gaza. Sign the Palestine Solidarity Campaign letter here. This will be handed in to Downing Street on Friday 25/7/2014
Dear Prime Minister,
The world is following developments in Israel’s war on Gaza with growing concern and disbelief. At time of writing, the number of deaths has surpassed six hundred, 78 percent of whom are civilians. One in five of the dead are children and entire families have been killed in their homes. Patients have been killed in direct strikes on hospitals. On the 20th of July, Israel shelled Al-Shuja’iyeh area of Gaza City, resulting in over seventy deaths, overwhelmingly civilians. Medical teams were stopped from reaching the casualties, resulting in more unnecessary deaths. The number of those injured has surpassed three thousand and more than 2,200 homes have been destroyed. The electricity, water supply and sewage treatment facilities have been further damaged.
We are appalled by the British Government’s lack of response to the developing crisis and – in particular – the situation for Palestinian civilians. They are entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law, which makes clear that civilians and civilian objects must not be the target of an attack. As a High Contracting Party to the Geneva Conventions, Britain has a responsibility to ensure this protection, but it has failed to do so.
British People – of all faiths and ages – came out in their tens of thousands in London and around the country on the 19th of July to demand action to stop Israel’s attack on Gaza and to ensure the underlying reasons which led to this are tackled, namely the illegal, military occupation of Palestine and siege on Gaza.
We demand that the British Government calls for an immediate end of Israel’s action – which is fundamentally based on the collective punishment of the Palestinian people. Further we demand Britain informs Israel that it has gone far beyond international law with its attack on the civilian population and that unless it ends this bloody campaign, the UK will support moves to impose sanctions on it. In particular that the Britain will not purchase or supply military equipment that has or could be used or tested as part of its illegal occupation or as part of the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.