South East Greens condemn attack on Gaza aid flotilla

1 June 2010

Leading Greens from the region, including Green MP Caroline Lucas, the region's Green Euro-MP Keith Taylor and prominent councillors have signed a statement published in the Guardian. In addition Caroline Lucas has called for an Urgent Inquiry 

The letter in full, first published today in The Guardian:

We write to express our deep shock and horror at the unjustified atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli authorities in boarding an aid flotilla headed for Gaza and opening fire, killing innocent people. The Green party of England and Wales strongly denounces such actions.
This attack is a serious infringement of the principles of international law. The Green party calls on the UK government, and the EU, to apply pressure to lift the ongoing blockade of Gaza, which makes essential humanitarian aid virtually impossible to deliver. We also call for the quick establishment of an international inquiry to shed light on the circumstances of this attack.
We urge the British government to condemn Israel for its actions. The international community, for too long taking a hands-off approach to Israel's actions, must act decisively in taking diplomatic sanctions in the light of this incident. Britain's ambassador to Israel must be recalled as part of this process. Countries should not be able to ride roughshod over international law with impunity.
Caroline Lucas MP Green, Brighton Pavilion, Keith Taylor MEP Green, South East England, Cllr Adam Pogonowski Green, Cambridge, Cllr Rupert Read Green, Norwich

 

Call for Urgent Inquiry

The Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas MP, has called on the Government to condemn the actions of the Israeli troops in firing on a ship carrying volunteers and medical supplies to Gaza, and to back an urgent inquiry into the incident.

In a strongly worded message to Foreign Secretary William Hague, she has demanded that he urgently contact the Israeli authorities to demand an end to the attacks, and that he ensure that Israel is held fully to acount for an illegal and unprovoked attack.

Speaking on the morning of 31st May, she said:

"I completely condemn this deadly attack on the humanitarian aid convoy. I am deeply shocked by the brutality of the assault, which has left a still unkown number of people dead and wounded. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

"This attack is a serious infringement of the principles of international law. The Green Party calls on the UK Government, and the EU, to apply pressure to lift the ongoing blockade of Gaza, which makes essential humanitarian aid for the population of Gaza virtually impossible to deliver. We also call for the quick establishment of an international inquiry to shed light on the circumstances of this attack."

For more information contact South East press officer Cllr Jason Kitcat on 07956 886 508. 


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