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With hope for peace

Postby dub » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:25 am

Since receiving this e-mail from Belinda and nearly a month 'further down the road' the situation seems to have not improved at all.
:blowup :weapons :blowup :weapons Lift the Blockade and STOP the
:cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry

Speak for Palestine!

Belinda Tuffrey - 38 Degrees 27/07

In the past 20 days of fighting in Gaza and Israel more than 1000 people have been killed and tens-of-thousands have been injured - many of them children.

Yesterday there was a brief 12 hour truce. Foreign ministers from around the world, including Philip Hammond MP, met in Paris to try to reach a long-term ceasefire. Fighting started again overnight. But just this morning both sides agreed to a further 24 hour truce. It's not clear yet if it will hold.

38 Degrees
is a movement which stands for peace.
In the news day after day we’ve seen men, women and children from both sides being killed. The natural reaction is to want to help - to do something.

The war is over 2,300 miles away from the UK. The conflict is long, bloody and seemingly never-ending. It’s easy to feel powerless. 38 Degrees members have been sharing feelings of frustration and despair at what’s happening.

“The killing of innocent people, in particular children, totally unacceptable regardless of the argument.” Aidan

“If we could persuade our government to change course, against immensely powerful lobbyists, many other governments would probably capitulate, bringing a well deserved peace to the region at last.” Robin

“I am a 38 Degrees member and really concerned by the general apathy of the UK and European governments in the face of Israeli aggression in Gaza…” Ashley

David Cameron has urged “restraint” from both sides. And Philip Hammond MP, our foreign minister, has said that "the necessity right now is to stop the loss of life."

Many 38 Degrees members are demanding a stronger response from the UK government. Some think this should take the form of sanctions, others think we should be pushing for war crimes investigations. Some of us think the UK should stay out of it altogether.

Philip Hammond represented us at the talks yesterday in Paris. And he will continue to represent us until a peace deal is agreed by all sides.

Whatever your view, Philip Hammond and the government should hear what we expect of them. 38 Degrees members haven’t written to the new foreign minister before, but with the death toll increasing by the day, now is the time to tell him what you think. Click here to send Philip Hammond a personal email:
Tell the foreign secretary how you feel about the government's response to the fighting in Israel and Gaza>>>
:arrow: click http://secure.38degrees.org.uk/middle-east-crisis

The situation in Gaza and Israel is complex. But we fail as humankind if we don’t devise a way to bring peace to this long troubled region. Let’s stand together with people all over the world calling for an end to the violence - for good.

With hope for peace,

Belinda, Maddy, Ali, Susannah and the 38 Degrees team


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