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One quick and easy action you can take on the killings in Gaza
We have been watching with horror the killing and wounding of Palestinian protesters in Gaza over the last six weeks, culminating on Monday 14 May with the bloodiest day in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Here is the key action you can take to stand in solidarity with Palestinians facing extreme violations of their human rights: write to your elected representative
Please write urgently to your MP (in the UK) or TD (in Ireland) asking them to join calls to investigate the killings, to urge the Israeli government to stop its illegal use of live gunfire on unarmed civilians, and to call for an end to arms sales to Israel.
You can find a template email below. Please amend the text in red depending on if you live in the UK or Ireland. You can find out how to contact your MP or TD on the UK Parliament website or on the Who is my TD? website.
Text to adapt for your letter:
Dear [elected representative],
I am writing as your constituent to express my deep concern about the killing and wounding of Palestinian protesters in Gaza by the Israeli military.
Over 100 protesters have been killed and thousands injured since Palestinians in Gaza began their six-week Great March of Return on March 30. The number of injuries now exceeds those wounded in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. This nonviolent, civil society-led protest seeks to draw attention to the forced expulsion and fleeing of Palestinians from their land when the state of Israel was created in 1948.
The use of live gunfire on unarmed civilians is illegal under international law. As an Occupying Power, the Israeli government has a clear obligation under the Fourth Geneva Convention to protect civilians living in the territory it occupies.
The Great March of Return follows a long tradition of nonviolent protest, including Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington and Gandhi’s Salt March. Palestinians have a right to protest against the ongoing 50-year military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. I hope you will support their efforts to exercise this right.
As your constituent, I ask that you:
- Write to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary [UK] / Taoiseach and Foreign Minister [Ireland] urging them to support the UN General-Secretary’s call for an independent investigation into the killings, to publicly condemn the US administration’s provocative and illegal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to call on the Israeli government to stop its use of live gunfire on unarmed civilians;
- Submit written and oral parliamentary questions on what actions the British/Irish government will take to ensure accountability for the killings;
- Publicly call for an end to arms sales to Israel.
Please take urgent action. I look forward to your response.
[your name + your full home address. Parliamentary protocol requires elected representatives to know this before answering emails in order to ensure they are corresponding with a constituent]
If you have a question, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.