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.
- I urge the UK Government to uphold the principles of equality, human rights and international law in all its relations and dealings with Israel.
- I consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable.
In achieving these principles, what are your views on the following steps that a future UK Government could take:
- Do you agree that one of the first acts of the next UK Government should be the recognition of Palestine?
- Do you agree that the blockade on Gaza should be lifted immediately?
- Do you agree that we should stop trade with Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, and stop settlement goods being sold in Britain?
- Do you agree that the EU Israel Association Agreement should be suspended until Israel meets its human rights obligations?
- Do you agree that the government should stop supplying arms to Israel until it complies with international law?
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?