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Thursday, 8 December 2022

Two Brent MPs, Tulip Siddiq and Dawn Butler, respond to constituents on Palestine issues

Periodically the Palestine Solidarity Campaign asks members and supporters to write to our MPs about issues of concern. These are responses to two of our members. If anyone has heard from Barry Gardiner (Brent North) please let us know.





Tulip Siddiq MP (Hampstead & Kilburn)


Thank you so much for writing to me regarding the heart-breaking reports of Palestinian children being killed and subject to violence as a result of the continued Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  


It has been devastating to watch the escalation of violence in Jerusalem, Israel and Gaza over recent months and to hear reports of a spike in the number of child fatalities. Though it was incredibly distressing to read, I appreciate you sharing the cases of those children reported to have been brutally killed by Israeli forces. My thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy.  


The targeting of civilians and the loss of innocent life on all accounts is deplorable, but the killing of children is especially heinous and should instigate strong action from the international community. These continued attacks are an undisputable violation of international law. 


I believe there must be a renewed focus on negotiating a two-state solution that ensures a safe and secure Israel alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. I am disappointed that despite the House of Commons voting for a two-state solution and in favour of the recognition of Palestine in 2014, the UK Government has not recognised this statehood and even abstained in the UN General Assembly vote that granted Palestine non-member observer status.  


I am a firm supporter of Palestinian rights and an advocate for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. A secure Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state is, I believe, the only way to secure a meaningful and long-lasting peace. I will therefore continue working with my Labour colleagues for the Government to take strong action and support a coordinated international effort towards a two-state solution. 


On the specific issue of UK arms trade with Israel, during the violence in spring last year, I supported calls for the Government to report to Parliament with an assessment of the use of any exported arms and equipment in the conflict and for it to examine the risks involved in any future arms sales to the Israeli security forces. 


The Government says it takes its export control responsibilities very seriously and that it considers all export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework. However, I believe it has failed to address weaknesses in the current rules that have repeatedly been highlighted. I therefore believe we need a new arms export regime that is truly transparent, free from arbitrary political judgments and reflects our commitment to upholding international law.   


I believe such a report was needed because there is a legal framework that must be followed when it comes to arms sales. I would have liked to see Government Ministers review what type of weapons the UK sells to Israel, and whether there is a risk they will be used to violate international law. If Ministers find that is the case, then they have not just a moral duty to stop those arms sales, but a legal requirement to do so as well. I believe such a review would have been important so we could know whether Ministers were meeting their legal duties.  


Thank you again for getting in touch about this important issue, and please let me know should you have any further questions or concerns.

Best wishes,
Office of Tulip Siddiq MP


Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn

Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister





Dawn Butler MP (Brent Central)


Thank you for contacting me about the location of the British Embassy in Israel. 

As you know, the British Embassy in Israel is in Tel Aviv. I am aware that the previous Prime Minister said she intended to review the location of the embassy. However, the Government has recently confirmed that it has no plans to move the British Embassy in Israel from its current location. 

I believe President Trump’s decision in 2017 to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem dealt a hammer blow to hopes of securing a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. 

I am opposed to Israel’s continued occupation of East Jerusalem. The final status of the city should be determined by a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestine. I do not believe there should be any prospect of moving the embassy until the final status of Jerusalem has been determined. 

These issues serve to remind us of the importance of securing a peaceful and lasting two-state solution. To that end, I believe the Government should finally acknowledge the need to recognise Palestinian statehood, as nearly 140 other countries have done. 

Thank you once again for contacting me. 

Warm regards,

Dawn Butler MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Brent Central

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Trade Union Solidarity with Palestinian Workers    Saturday 12 November 2022 in Central London 


This day conference is for trade unionists who want to develop and further their solidarity work with Palestinians living and working under occupation and apartheid. 

Supported by:
ASLEF, AUE, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, NEU, PCS, RMT, Thompsons Solicitors, TSSA, UCU, UNISON, Unite the Union.

The event will feature specialist speakers from Palestine and the UK, including trade union activists, who will present on the situation of Palestinian workers under occupation, the role for trade unions in building support for Palestinian freedom and self-determination, and concrete campaigns for trade unionists in solidarity with the Palestinian anti-apartheid movement.

A series of seminars will be offering detailed sessions on key topics, including on how to organise for Palestinian rights in your union, an in-depth discussion of Israel’s apartheid system, and what the next Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaigns are.

We are calling on all trade unionists to join us on Saturday 12 November in London for a one day conference looking to strengthen and further the work undertaken in UK trade unions, for freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people.



We are pleased to announce a range of specialist speakers, including:

Samia Al-Botmeh, Assistant professor in economics and researcher at the Centre for Development Studies at Birzeit University in Palestine

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary NEU 

Riya Al'Sanah, PhD candidate at the University of Exeter, co-authored the Working Palestine: Covid-19, Labour, and Trade Unions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip report along with Dr. Rafeef Ziadah and Professor Adam Hanieh. 

Jo Grady, General Secretary UCU 
Aimee Shalan, Co-Director MAKAN 

Mariela Kohon, Senior International Officer TUC   

Kamel Hawwash, Chair Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Liz Wheatley, Chair of UNISON International Committee



Friday, 8 July 2022

Still time to purchase your tickets for Stand Up for Children of Gaza fundraiser with Mark Thomas et al on July 15th



Mark Thomas, Daphne Baram, Imran Youssef, Jenan Younis and Ivor Dembina will take part in this fund raising comedy event, which will be compered by Ian Saville. All these comedians are totally committed to raising the issue of the curtailment of human rights in Palestine. Monies raised from tickets, donations online (via Eventbrite) and donations on the night will support the work of the Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) in Gaza which was established by Dr Mohamed Altawil who was born in Gaza but escaped to the UK and is now the Director.

Brent Friends of Palestine, organisers of this event, are in close contact with the Director and supervisors of the Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) and the workers in Gaza itself... zoom has enabled all this to happen easily. We have continued to be impressed by the commitment of these people and what they achieve in a part of Palestine which has been blockaded by Israel for 15 years turning it into an open air prison. Days of Joy have been the focus of our fundraising over the past 6 years; activities include drama, sport, play and fun entertainment. Therapists join the entertainers and will look out for children who might need some kind of therapeutic support which will be then offered to them and their families. Thousands of children and young people have taken part in the Days of Joy activities; they are all organised by the Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) in Gaza and sponsored by fund raisers like Brent Friends of Palestine in the UK and Ireland.

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Land Day tree planting in Gladstone Park commemorates destroyed Palestinian Village of Dayr Yasin


The Plaque

Photos: Pete Firmin

Supporters of Palestine gathered in Gladstone Park on Land Day, March 30th, to plant a tree to mark Land Day and the destruction of the Palestinian village of Dayr Yasin that was destroyed during the Nakba.

The planting followed a similar event in the London Borough of Ealing last year and was financed by a crowdfunder.

Among those involved were Football Against Apartheid, Brent Friends of Palestine, IJAN and Brent and Harrow PSC.


Planting a tree in Gladstone Park Dollis Hill London to commemorate Palestinian Land Day.