Labour Figures Speak Out Against Annexation – Show your support.

The new Israeli Government has said that it intends to annex large swathes of Palestinian land in the West Bank, starting in July, land which was militarily occupied in 1967. This would be the culmination of years of appropriation of land – through the forced displacement of Palestinians, settlement and the annexation of East Jerusalem. Annexation, illegal under international law, is the forcible and unilateral acquisition of territory over which it has no recognised sovereignty and to make it an integral part of the state – in this case, Israel.

Palestinian civil society has made a global call for ‘effective measures’ to be taken to stop this annexation happening. If the measures are to be effective, this means the UK should now, at the very least, be adhering to an ethical policy on all the UK’s trade with Israel , in particular by applying international law on settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and stopping any arms trade with Israel that is used in violation of the human rights of Palestinians.

In the midst of the Covid pandemic a number of organisations and individuals (see a list of Labour and other prominent figures below) are cooperating to try to respond to the call from Palestine by making Annexation a live issue on the current political agenda. Israel’s timetable is to annex land quickly with Trump’s support – this means we cannot wait.

If you agree with this and want to support the Palestinian call for action, please indicate your agreement with the following statement in one or more of the ways listed below:

SPEAK OUT TO STOP ANNEXATION NOW

“I am speaking out now in order to stop the threatened annexation of Palestinian land by Israel in July and I call on the UK Government and all UK political parties to support the call of Palestinian civil society organisations for Effective Measures by all States to Stop Israel’s Illegal Annexation of the Occupied West Bank.”

 

Signatories include:

Parliamentarians 

Diane Abbott MP

Apsana Begum MP

Baroness Tessa Blackstone

Baroness Christine Blower

Richard Burgon MP

Ian Byrne MP

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Lord Peter Hain

Lord John Hendy

Rachel Hopkins MP

Stephen Kinnock MP

Ian Lavery MP

John McDonnell MP

Grahame Morris MP

Kate Osborne MP

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Andy Slaughter MP

Zarah Sultana MP

Jon Trickett MP

Claudia Webbe MP

Mick Whitley MP

 

Trade Unions :

Len McCluskey, General Secretary Unite the Union

John Phillips, Acting General Secretary GMB

Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary NEU

Mick Whelan, General Secretary ASLEF

Manuel Cortes, General Secretary TSSA

Jo Grady, General Secretary UCU

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary PCS

Sarah Woolley, General Secretary, BFAWU

FBU

RMT

Barbara Plant, President GMB

 

Organisations:

Labour and Palestine

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Amos Trust

Artists for Palestine UK

British Palestinian Policy Council,

Jews for Justice for Palestinians

Labour Friends of Palestine and Middle East

War on Want

 

Individuals :

Hugh Lanning, Labour & Palestine

Dr Hafiz Alkarmi  (Chair- Palestinian Forum in Britain)

Philip Pullman

John Austin, former Labour MP

Victoria Brittain

Julie Christie

Brian Eno

Ghada Karmi

A.L.Kennedy

Sara Husseini

Kamel Hawwash, Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Professor Karma Nabulsi

Maxine Peake

John Pilger

Alexei Sayle

Irvine Welsh

Tony Burke, Labour & Palestine

  • For a full list see the Palestine Solidarity Campaign website.