Palestine In Parliament – 11th May 2022

Use the email tool below to meet your MP to discuss key issues on Palestine

Request to meet your MP on Wednesday 11th May to discuss key issues on Palestine including Gaza, illegal Israeli settlements and the role of British-made weapons.

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Use the email tool below to meet your MP to discuss key issues on Palestine

National Lobby Day for Palestine

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a meeting set with your MP, please download the briefing pack: Click here

On Wednesday 11th May, we are encouraging individuals from across the UK to meet with their MPs and make a difference for Palestine. You don’t need to have experience in this or be an expert on Palestine, you just need to care. You’ll be supported by us throughout the process.

In the meeting with your MP, we ask that you raise four key issues:

  • The siege of Gaza
  • The role of British-made weapons in Israeli war crimes
  • Britain’s imports of goods from illegal settlements
  • The proposed criminalisation of the BDS movement in Britain

By raising these issues, you can make a difference for Palestine. Other supporters from your constituency may also be at the meeting.

On Tuesday 10th May at 6pm, we will host an online briefing where expert speakers will introduce these four key issues and answer any questions you might have.

We will be on hand to support you throughout the process. We will provide you with a short and simple briefing pack and information to give to your MP. We’ll also be on hand to answer any questions you have.

How it works

Arranging the meeting:

  • Contact your MP to request a meeting using the option above
  • When your MP replies with a time to meet, let us know

Before the meeting:

  • We will send you a short and simple briefing pack to read through, which you can use when speaking to your MP
  • On <> at <>pm, we will host an online briefing with all the information you need. You can also ask us any questions
  • If you have questions at any point, you can email parliament@foa.org.uk to arrange a meeting with us

In the meeting, we encourage you to raise the following four key issues: 

Crisis in Gaza- #EndTheSiege

Gaza has been under siege by Israel for 15 years, meaning nothing can go in or out apart from a very limited amount of aid and a few people. Food, water, medicine and fuel are all scarce in Gaza, and it has been described as the world’s largest open-air prison.

What can your MP do?

They can sign this open letter to the Foreign Secretary calling for an end to Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza.

British arms in Israeli war crimes – #StopArmingIsrael

Since 2014, Britain has exported nearly £500m of equipment and military hardware to Israel. This makes Britain complicit in Israeli war crimes. In May 2021, Israel targeted residential buildings in Gaza and killed over 100 Palestinian civilians. This breaks the international laws of war and amounts to war crimes.

What can your MP do?

They can support Early Day Motion 300, Israel Arms Trade (Prohibition) Bill.

Settlements on stolen Palestinian land – #StopSettlements

Today there are more than 500,000 Israeli settlers living on stolen Palestinian land. This violates international law, but many businesses continue to operate from these settlements and export their goods to the UK.

What can your MP do?

They can sign this statement to ban all illegal Israeli settlement goods to the UK.

Protect BDS – #ProtectBDS

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is a peaceful movement calling on Israel to comply with international law. It was successfully used to end apartheid in South Africa but it is under threat in the UK. BDS must be allowed to continue to stand up for basic human rights in Palestine.

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FAQ

What is a ‘lobby’?

To ‘lobby’ is to make the case for something to an MP or government official, in the hope of influencing their decisions. In our case it is for MPs to make informed decisions about Palestine based on human rights and international law.

I haven’t done anything like this before. Can I still get involved?

Absolutely – all you need is to care about Palestine. We’ll send you everything you need and we’ll always be on hand to answer any questions.

We’ll send you a short and simple briefing pack to read through beforehand, and on Tuesday 10th May at 6pm, we’ll host an online briefing.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting with us at any point then you can email parliament@foa.org.uk.

Will I be alone when I meet my MP?

Not necessarily. If there are other individuals in your constituency taking part in the National Lobby for Palestine, then you’ll meet your MP at the same time as them.

I’d like to get involved. How do I contact my MP?

You can contact your MP using the option above. Your MP will get back to you with a time and details of where to meet.

Where do I need to go on Wednesday 11th May?

After you’ve contacted your MP, your MP will reply with a suitable time and details of where to meet. This will be in a meeting room at Parliament in Westminster (London).

What do I say to my MP?

We’ll go into further details about this in the online briefing on 10th May at 6pm, but we encourage you to raise the following four issues on Palestine:

  • The siege of Gaza
  • The role of British-made weapons in Israeli war crimes
  • Britain’s imports of goods from illegal settlements
  • The proposed criminalisation of the BDS movement in Britain

Before Wednesday 11th May, we will send you a short and simple briefing pack to read through, which you can then use when speaking to your MP.

What do I want my MP to do?

We hope that after the meeting your MP will:

  • Sign this open letter to the Foreign Secretary calling for an end to Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza
  • Support Early Day Motion 300, Israel Arms Trade (Prohibition) Bill
  • Sign this statement to ban all illegal Israeli settlement goods in the UK
  • BDS

How does a national lobby help Palestine?

The UK plays an important role in global politics, so it’s important that our MPs make informed decisions about Palestine based on human rights and international law. By meeting with your MP as part of our National Lobby on 11th May, you can help achieve this.

Is one lobby enough?

This is a really important step towards freedom, justice and equality for Palestine. We hope that you will establish and maintain a relationship with your MP and can keep them updated on the situation in Palestine over the coming months and years. FOA will always be here to support you.