This seminar in the House of Commons will explore the issues faced by the Palestinian refugees in Syria, in light of the 5th year anniversary of the Syrian crisis. The discussion will explore how Palestine refugees remain particularly vulnerable and have been disproportionately affected by the conflict.
Hosted & Chaired by Tommy Sheppard MP
Director of Action Group for Palestinian Refugees of Syria
Former Medical Aid for Palestinians
PhD Student examining UNRWA Camps
Head of Media/PR
Palestinian Return Centre
Further Speakers to be Announced
To book your seat email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a major development, G4S has announced that it will ‘exit the Israeli market in the next 12 to 24 months’.
G4S is heavily invested in the Israeli occupation, providing equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints in the Occupied West Bank and operating Israeli prisons and detention centres where Palestinian prisoners, including children, are held, some without charge. It has also been reported that prisoners in these facilities are routinely tortured.
We need you to contact your MP and ask them to ensure they attend next week’s debate in the UK Parliament on new rules banning public bodies from making ethical procurement decisions.
Many of you will have read in the media about this Tory government’s new guidance limiting the ability of public bodies – including but not limited to local councils and universities – to make ethical choices in their procurements. This could reverse the many positive efforts public bodies have made to divest from illegal Israeli settlements, as well as other areas. In some cases the guidance even appears to contravene the government’s own advice and international law.
In their press release announcing the guidance, the government said….
“We need to challenge and prevent these divisive town hall boycotts. The new guidance…will help prevent damaging and counter-productive local foreign policies undermining our national security”.
Although the guidance has already been published, there are still a number of questions the government needs to answer. It’s therefore key that as many MPs as possible attend and speak out at the debate just announced so the government can see the strength of feeling there is over this issue. The debate will be held next Tuesday, March 15 in the UK Parliament’s Westminster Hall from 2:30-4:00pm.
Please make no assumptions that your MP will be there, the only way they will know of the strength of feeling is if everyone contacts them!