Parliament update: Palestine features in Iraq War debate

Parliament was recalled unexpectedly for one day to vote on whether to support airstrikes in Iraq. These are the parts of the Parliamentary discussion that day that relate directly to Palestine. FRIDAY  26  SEPTEMBER  2014 1. Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL debate: – Jim Sheridan: [intervening on Ed Miliband] “My right hon. Friend is absolutely right in…

PSC update: tell your MP to VOTE for Palestine

  Tell your MP: VOTE to recognise Palestine There are very few opportunities for MPs to vote to recognise Palestinians’ right to self-determination. But on Monday 13th October, your MP will have a chance to vote in the Commons to recognise a Palestinian State. The decision will not be binding on the Government, but it…

Standing up for Palestine at Labour’s Conference

PSC was delighted to see many candidates and MPs at our stand. Here is a small selection: Thanks for your support for Palestinian human rights @SeemaMalhotra1 #lab14 pic.twitter.com/oirC35XilQ — PSC (@PSCupdates) September 24, 2014 Great to see our patron @jeremycorbyn at @PSCupdates stand147 #lab14 pic.twitter.com/Lct5EjKZOv — PSC (@PSCupdates) September 23, 2014 Thanks to @rushanaraali for…

PSC at Labour Party Conference

There was standing room only at all Palestine fringes at Labour Party Conference. Events by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Medical Aid for Palestinians and Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East were all packed out. Overall, there were more than 1,000 attendances combined at the events. We also had a stand at Labour Party Conference>…

Eye witness to the horror – Dr Mustafa Barghouti

On Tuesday 9th September 2014, Dr Mustafa Barghouti shared with hundreds of Palestinian human rights supporters – gathered to lobby their MPs – his eye-witness account about the situation in Gaza. Please be aware the contents of his speech and presentation are extremely disturbing and upsetting. Thank you to @GillSwain1 for videoing this for PSC.

Foreign Affairs debate

The debate on the Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security – Philip Hammond: [extracts] “In the wider middle east, the recent eruption of violence in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, and the tragic loss of many hundreds of civilian lives, has underlined the need for a lasting settlement to that decades-long source of conflict and human…

Foreign Affairs Committee questions the Foreign Secretary

Tuesday 9 September  Foreign Affairs Committee questions the Foreign Secretary on developments in UK foreign policy: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=15977 @ 1:37:45 Transcript of section concerning Palestine-Israel: Richard Ottaway: Can I move the subject on to Gaza and to Israel-Palestine, Foreign Secretary? How would you characterise the UK’s role in introducing the ceasefire? What steps did we take to…

Parliament update: 8-11 September

FRIDAY  12   SEPTEMBER   2014 1. Second reading of Private Members’ bill: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: – Michael Moore: “Day in, day out, we see the important work that is done by NGOs, the Department for International Development and others in humanitarian crises around the world, whether in Syria, Gaza, the Philippines following last…