Monday, 25 April 2011

Fatah to give full support to Freedom Flotilla 2 says senior official


Senior Fatah officials will be allowed to take part in the aid flotilla, Shaath told Radio A-Shams, because it is a humanitarian effort meant to lift the blockade on Gaza.

When asked if the officials would require permission from Hamas or the IDF, Shaath said "we don't need authorization to reach our homeland - not from Hamas and not from Israeli security forces."

The flotilla is planning to set sail at the end of May, marking the one-year anniversary to the Mavi Marmara incident – the first Gaza flotilla where nine Turks were killed when they attacked IDF commandos trying to keep their ship from reaching Gaza’s shores. more

For more on the flotilla's preparations go to:
Freedom Flotilla
WitnessGaza
European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza

'Check the Label' boycott Israeli dates campaign swings into gear


On 10th May, FOA and Zaytoun will be launching the Check the Label – Boycott Israeli dates campaign.

Every year, Israel exports millions of pounds worth of dates to the world, which many people unknowingly buy and use to break their fasts. These dates are grown in illegal settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, on land that has been stolen from Palestinians. By buying these dates, we are in fact helping Israel to continue its occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.

For this reason, Friends of Al Aqsa will again be launching the ‘Check the Label’ Campaign. We would like activists to attend to ask any questions, share experiences and collect campaign literature.

What: Media and Public Launch of ‘Check the Label’ Boycott Israeli Dates Campaign

When: Tuesday, 10th May, 2011 - 6.30pm

Where: 10 Greycoat Place, Victoria, London, SW1P 1SB

To register your place, please email your name to arif@aqsa.org.uk with the title: ‘Check the Label Launch’.

Join the lobby of UK parliament by Palestine solidarity groups set for 11 May


On 11th May 2011 FOA and other solidarity groups will hold a national lobby for Palestine.

Lobbying is an attempt to influence politicians on specific issues by providing them with information and facts. FOA want you to contact your MP and arrange to meet them between 12pm and 6pm on 11th May 2011 to encourage them to support Palestine. Please book a day off if you need to as it is important we lobby as many MPs as possible so that they are aware that Palestine is a key issue.

We are encouraging anyone who has a Palestine badge, t-shirt or wrist band to wear it into Parliament to draw attention to the lobby for Palestine. If you do not have a badge or t-shirt but would like to order one you can visit FOA’s online shop.

There will be a briefing paper online soon and there will be briefing sessions available on the day with members of FoA so you will have plenty of help planning for your meeting with your MP.

FIND YOUR MP and his/her contact details by entering your postcode here.

If you chose to write an email or a letter you can use this sample letter:



SAMPLE LETTER

Dear ___________

I would like to request a meeting with you in Parliament on Wednesday 11thMay 2011 anytime between 12 noon and 6pm in order to discuss some issues which are very important to me, and many of your other constituents. On this day many constituents will be meeting with their MPs to discuss the issue of Occupied Palestine and I hope we can meet for the same purpose.

Specifically, I hope we can talk about the following issues:

1. Make you aware 'Britain2Gaza' is joining Freedom Flotilla II

2. Britain views the Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories as illegal. I would like to discuss Britain’s role in leading the international community in ensuring that international law is upheld and that Israel is made to adhere to it and ends its illegal settlement policies.

3. In light of the human rights abuses committed by Israel as documented by numerous international bodies including the United Nations, Britain should ask the EU to suspend the EU – Israel Association Agreement. (Further details can be seen here: http://eeas.europa.eu/israel/index_en.htm. )

4. The siege in Gaza is almost in its fourth year and has caused incredible amounts of suffering. It needs to end and Britain must put pressure on Israel to open up all borders.

I hope we can meet and I look forward to seeing you in Parliament.

Warm regards,
___________

Please encourage others to contact their MP and email Shamiul@aqsa.org.uk to let FOA know once a meeting has been confirmed

http://www.foa.org.uk/campaigns/lobby-of-parliament