European Parliamentarians, including British MPs and Peers, have written to the Foreign Secretary calling for Government action to dissuade Israel from three “red line” actions:
– designating six Palestinian civil society organisations as “terrorist”
– evicting Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem and
– advancing plans to build a new illegal settlement on E1, cutting off occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied West Bank.
These actions cross a red line, individually and collectively. The “terrorist” designation threatens free speech and peaceful resistance to the 54 year-old occupation of Gaza, East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank. The forced transfer of occupied people from their homes is a war crime. Building an illegal settlement on E1 ends contiguity between East Jerusalem and its West Bank hinterland.
The Balfour Project drafted this letter with the Council for Arab British Understanding (CAABU) to call for action by our Government, by the EU and by other European Governments to deter the Israeli Government from taking these steps. The letter is signed by Parliamentarians from the network of European Parliamentarians for Israeli-Palestinian Equality, bringing together MPs from 17 European countries and MEPs from the European Parliament.
The Balfour Project has coordinated the work of this network since its inception in July 2020.
Click here to read this letter.