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    Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (UK & Ireland) - January 2017

PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION

Ask your MP to attend the debate in the UK Parliament on Thursday, February 9th on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

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.

You can find out how to contact your MP on the UK Parliament's website.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law (Article 49, Fourth Geneva Convention). EAPPI UK & Ireland calls for an end to trade with the settlements. 

Thank you, as ever, for your support.

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For more information about the work of this World Council of Churches programme, please visit the EAPPI International website. To follow EAPPI UK & Ireland's work, find us on twitter and facebook or visit our blog and website.


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