Ask your MP to attend the Parliamentary debate on Israeli settlements

EAPPI are asking you to take action and ask your MP to attend the debate in the UK Parliament on Thursday, February 9th on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Below you can find all the information you need, including a template letter from our Kairos Community group in Reading.

 

As many of you will know, 2016 was a record breaking year in occupied Palestine. Settlement building quadrupled in 2016 according to the Israeli monitoring organisation Peace Now, and the UN has reported that the demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli authorities to accommodate settlements reached record levels.

 

In December, the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning the settlement enterprise, confirming once again that settlements are illegal under international law, and reiterating that they are a major obstacle to peace. For the first time the United States did not use their veto, giving the resolution a strength and influence greater than previous ones.

 

Take action!

 

In light of these developments, Tommy Sheppard MP has secured a full debate in Parliament on Thursday, February 9th on the settlements.

 

Full debates on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict do not come up very often so it’s vital we make the most of this opportunity to hold the government to account and encourage ministers to take concrete action.

 

It’s therefore key that as many MPs as possible attend and speak out on February 9th. It’s particularly important to encourage Conservative MPs to attend so the government can hear from its own backbenchers.

If you can, please contact your MP to:

 

  • ask them to attend the debate to show their support for upholding international law and for a just peace in Israel and Palestine on the basis of two sovereign states and equal rights for all;
  • ask them to speak in the debate so that the government can hear the strength of feeling among MPs from all political parties;
  • let them know that a briefing will be circulated to MPs ahead of the debate by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Britain-Palestine.

Our Kairos Community in Reading have written an excellent letter based on the information above, which you can use when writing to your own MP:

 

Dear …………… MP

 

I am writing as a member of “Kairos Reading” which is a group of likeminded people keen to support the peace efforts in Israel and Palestine but primarily to stand alongside our Christian brothers and sisters in trying to protect the human rights of the Palestinian people and work towards a lasting peace for all in the area.
As you may know 2016 was a record breaking year in occupied Palestine. According to the Israeli monitoring organisation Peace Now settlement building quadrupled in one year, and the UN has reported that the demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli authorities to accommodate settlements reached record levels.

 

In December, the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning the settlement enterprise, confirming once again thatsettlements are illegal under international law, and reiterating that they are a major obstacle to peace. For the first time the United States did not use their veto, giving the resolution a strength and influence greater than previous ones.

 

In light of these developments, Tommy Sheppard MP has secured a full debate in Parliament on Thursday, February 9th on the settlements.


Full debates on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict do not come up very often so it’s vital we make the most of this opportunity.  There will be a briefing circulated by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Britain-Palestine.

 

We urge that you attend and speak out on Feb 9th on our behalf and on behalf of peace in that place. We ask that…

  • you show your support for upholding international law and for a just peace in Israel and Palestineon the basis of two sovereign states and equal rights for all;
  • you speak in the debate so that the government can hear the strength of feeling among MPsand concerned constituents from your area.

Yours Sincerely

 

 

 

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