22 November 2012
Join the demonstration this Saturday, 24th November, assembling at Downing Street at 12 noon before marching to the Israeli Embassy to show our solidarity with the people of Gaza, and tell the British and Israeli governments that we utterly condemn the barbaric attack on the people of Gaza.
Join the demonstration for Gaza this Saturday 24 November, assembling at Downing Street at 12 noon before marching to the Israeli Embassy.
Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, CND, British Muslim Initiative, and the Palestinian Forum in Britain
Transport is being organised from outside London - see: www.facebook.com/palestinesolidarityuk
Please volunteer to help with stewarding at this event if you can. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the PSC's Gaza protests page for details of other events around the country.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging him to pursue all avenues to end the conflict in Gaza.
Rt Hon William Hague
19 November 2012
Dear Foreign Secretary
I am calling on you to pursue all avenues in urging the Israeli government and Hamas to immediately end the current violence and commit to a lasting cease fire.
The TUC condemns violence from all sides: the Israeli offensive into Gaza and the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.
This conflict is a disaster for civilians on all sides. During the conflict of 2008-2009 when Israeli forces entered Gaza at least 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis lost their lives.
It is the Palestinians who stand to suffer the most. Fighting in Gaza will deepen the suffering of some 1.6 million people, half of them children, already paying a heavy price under Israel's five year blockade of the territory. And this time there is a far greater risk of a wider regional conflict.
This conflict is a tragic sign of just how distant a lasting peace deal is. I call on the UK government to take concrete steps to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Publicly backing the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN General Assembly, and stepping up practical pressure on Israel to stop expansion of illegal settlements would greatly aid in this regard.
I look forward to your reply.