Gaza: stop the massacre

The tragic events unfolding in Gaza right now have shocked people around the world.

Like many of the people who’ve contacted me about this, I am appalled at the totally disproportionate response of the Israeli government to the ending of the ceasefire. Liberal Democrat MPs and campaigners are working hard to ensure the Government does not let Israel get away with this.

I met with Simon Hughes MP and Sarah Teather MP at the weekend, and we are working with Liberal Democrat colleagues to petition the Foreign Secretary to do all he can to ensure a lasting peace for both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Gordon Brown and the Labour Government have refused to condemn Israel for far too long. Brown must also halt Britain’s arms exports to Israel, and persuade our EU counterparts to do the same. The government’s own figures show Britain is selling more and more weapons to Israel, despite the questions about the country’s use of force.

Only the Liberal Democrats stood up for the people of Islington when Labour took us to war in Iraq; and now the Government has refused to tell Israel its actions are wrong.

Together we can show the Government just how strongly local people feel about this issue. That is why I am asking people to sign the petition today. The more people who sign my petition, the louder the voices of local people against Israel’s actions.

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3 Comments »

  1. joeland7 said

    Thanks for the information. Continue to speak out for justice

  2. Councillor Andrew Cornwell said

    Well done for taking a stand on this issue Bridget. The attitude of some western governments and many in the media (including in the UK) seems to be ‘let’s wait for Obama to arrive’. That is not good enough given the suffering of the civilian population in Gaza.

  3. Teek said

    Too right. The Lib Dems are the only party in Europe to have taken a worthy stance on the conflict, and must continue to do so – Nick Clegg’s article in last week’s Guardian was loudly applauded by the protesters that gathered in Hyde Park, as I blogged about (teekblog.blogspot.com).

    Kudos for speaking out, please carry on until both sides see sense!

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