Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

I thought it important that you are informed about Israel’s latest actions against those standing up for justice for Palestine. Please read the information below and follow the link to write to your MP.

Last week, the Knesset passed a law to ban entry to foreigners who advocate the non-violent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. On Sunday 12th March, the first victim of this new law was PSC chair *Hugh Lanning, who was detained overnight and then deported from Israel* . We believe that he is now permanently barred from the country. In the past Hugh has been able to travel many times to visit Israel and Occupied Palestine.

Israel has always denied the rights of the Palestinian people to return to their homeland, and now it is banning those who support Palestinian rights, including the right to return.

By introducing this law, Israel is violating fundamental freedoms essential to a democracy – the right to free speech, to criticise government policies and human rights violations, the right to advocate non-violent actions to address human rights abuses, the right of free movement and travel. A democratic country does not behave in the way Israel is behaving.

As supporters of the BDS call, this law could effect all of us. If Israel believes that by introducing these draconian undemocratic laws it will intimidate its critics into silence it is mistaken. We will not stop raising our voices to highlight the systematic violation of Palestinian human rights in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel itself. Please write to your MP asking this to write to the Foreign office to condemn the deportation of Hugh Lanning and the passing of this repressive law.

Regards

Cathryn Spiller – Branch Secretary Southampton PSC

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