Voters ensure UK Parliamentary candidates see Palestine as a key election issue

With the UK parliamentary elections only a month away, Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) are feeling the heat on a number of issues.  This time though Palestine is one of them. 

  

A well organised campaign led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has made it easy for voters to require PPCs to answer five questions. 

  1. I urge the UK Government to uphold the principles of equality, human rights and international law in all its relations and dealings with Israel.
    Yes/no

  2. I consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable.
    Yes/no

    In achieving these principles, what are your views on the following steps that a future UK Government could take:

  3. Do you agree that one of the first acts of the next UK Government should be the recognition of Palestine?
    Yes/no/don’t know 

  4. Do you agree that the blockade on Gaza should be lifted immediately?
    Yes/no/don’t know

  5. Do you agree that we should stop trade with Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, and stop settlement goods being sold in Britain?
    Yes/no/don’t know

  6. Do you agree that the EU Israel Association Agreement should be suspended until Israel meets its human rights obligations? 
    Yes/no/don’t know

  7. Do you agree that the government should stop supplying arms to Israel until it complies with international law? 
    Yes/no/don’t know

If a candidate answered don’t know to any question, s/he are asked if they have any additional comments? 

These questions are being asked of candidates of all major democratic parties. The answers will be collated and published on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign  website.

The PSC reports that over thirty thousand emails were sent to candidates reaching 600 PPCs.

The PSC reports that initial results from the survey to two of the questions were as follows:

 “The candidates were asked: Do you consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable?

Of the 470 candidates who responded to this question, 93% said yes. Many expanded on their answer, and, across all parties, were unequivocal in their condemnation of Israel’s settlements.

Candidates were also asked: Do you urge the UK government to uphold the principles of equality, human rights and international law in all its relations and dealings with Israel?

Of the 377 candidates who replied to this question, 97% said yes.”

Up and down the UK meetings are being organised with PPCs by constituents supported by the PSC to ensure Israel’s attack on Gaza is not a memory but an election issue.

The above shows that a base line has been established from which a future Goverment can be challenged to ensure that condemnation of Israel for violations of International Law are followed up with actions.

This and an escalating BDS campaign should worry Israel and its apologists. Their influence on Governments is declining, while the influence of ordinary people on their Governments is rising.  

The tide is turning.

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