Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

On the 9th Feb the UK parliament will get the chance to debate UK policy towards Israeli settlements . Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and considered so by the EU. However because there is inadequate enforcement of labelling and because Israel considers the West Bank its own territory the produce usually enters the UK and benefits from tariff reduction under EU trade agreements.

Please write to your MP asking him/ her to attend the debate and to speak in favour of ending all trade with settlements. Remember settlers have no roots to the land, they often come from eastern Europe and have connections to their country of origin but to live in settlements they displace Palestinians whose families have often owned the land for generations.

I visited Palestine myself last year and saw the impact of settlements first hand.  In al-Halil  (Hebron), the main market has been closed to Palestinians, the old city is an enclave of about 400 people who struggle to make a living and live surrounded by hostile settlers who often attack them with stones.

I have attached a link for you to use or a pro forma letter you could adapt. Please add the name of your MP,  and your name and address.
Here is the link:

https://palestinecampaign.org/urgent-action-settlements-debate-parliament-9th-february/

And https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/settlementsdebate  I would also encourage to  read “Trading away Peace” A report on the issue which is on the National PSC website

Many thanks

Cathryn Spiller (Branch Secretary) – Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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Mind, the MPs round here are all total bastards so good luck with that – ed.

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