Press release I was sent today.
Rushanara Ali, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow, has met with a senior Cabinet Minister to underline her calls for a lasting and meaningful ceasefire in Gaza.
Following a meeting with Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for International Development on 17 January, Ms Ali said:
My meeting with Mr Alexander offered me an important opportunity to underline the feelings not only of the people of Bethnal Green and Bow, but also of others around the country of all faiths and backgrounds. I underlined the deep revulsion that is felt at the continuing violence and urged the British government to maintain its support of international efforts aimed at bringing about a lasting ceasefire in Gaza.
Hundreds of people have died in Gaza, many of them are children and civilians. News of the deaths of civilians in a UN school was particularly shocking. There must be a proper investigation into the serious allegations of violations of human rights and international law.
The British government has done a great deal both in terms of humanitarian relief and through diplomatic channels to bring an end to the violence. I emphasised the importance of maintaining these efforts to Mr Alexander.
Looking ahead, military action will not resolve the longstanding conflict in the Middle East â€” that can only come with a political settlement. The imperative is to build a sustainable settlement so that the people of two independent states, Palestine and Israel, can live in peace and security alongside each other.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Alexander said:
Rushanara told me of her deep concern over the situation in Gaza. She is a powerful advocate for the community in Bethnal Green and Bow. I assured Rushanara that the UK Government is doing everything we can to secure an enduring ceasefire and to end the violence. We are also fully committed to providing humanitarian assistance of medical supplies, food, water and shelter. I urge all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations to ensure safe and unimpeded passage of humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians.
A bit of politicking there – not long after Sayeeda Warsi met “Muslim community leaders” and then accused Labour of not doing enough to stop the violence in Gaza (wtf?). Rushanara should have issued this earlier. At least she’s asked for an enquiry into the bombing of the UN school.
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