Last night (Thursday 31st July) I convened a public meeting to discuss the situation in Gaza and what we as a community in my constituency could do to end the massacre taking place in Gaza. Over 150 people attended the meeting at very short notice. Jeremy Corbyn MP, chair of Stop the War and frequent visitor to Gaza, addressed the meeting.
Numerous members of the community spoke. The meeting was genuinely representative of our community with a large number of young people, women and people from a wide range of the different cultures that make up our community in attendance.
The meeting heard that so far 1400 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza including 150 children. 7000 have been injured. 56 Israelis have died. Hospitals, medical centres, and schools have been shelled. 250,000 have been made homeless.
Today a welcome 72 hour ceasefire has been agreed but a permanent ceasefire is required and a just and lasting peace is needed.
As a local community we agreed that we can play our part in halting the attacks and promoting peace.
So we have launched #Hayes4Gaza.
To put pressure on Israel to halt the bombing and to commit to peace we are launching a local campaign to boycott Israeli goods sold in this country. Many of these goods are from the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by the Israelis.
So we are calling upon people in our community when you shop locally check whether the goods you are buying are from Israel.
Use these websites www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-israe.php and www.boycottisraelnetwork.net Download the Buycott app onto your mobile phone to check whether a product is from Israel.
Ask your local shops to help us secure peace by not stocking any Israeli goods.
Ask your local shops to display the Poster:
“To Secure Peace,...
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