14 March 2017
Commenting on the deportation from Israel of Palestine Solidarity Chair, Hugh Lanning, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said:
“Our union has for many years been critical of the Israeli government over their abhorrent treatment of the Palestinian people. However, their actions in refusing entry to anyone who speaks out in support of human rights for Palestinians is a new low and a deliberate attempt to undermine the democratic right of free speech.
“The Israeli government needs to recognise that their attempts to silence all criticism will only serve to harden the resolve of those, such as Hugh, who continue to advocate for a just and fair solution for the Palestinian people. I call on all of those in the UK who value our own democratic freedoms, including Theresa May’s government, to be vocal in their condemnation of the Israeli government for their actions in violating the human rights of British citizens such as Hugh.”