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Gaza: Petition hand in at Downing St

August 14th, 2014 by

38 Degrees members have just been down to Downing St to hand in the massive petition about Gaza.

The petition calls for our government to make a stronger stand for peace. The UK has, rightly, already got controls in place to stop British-made weapons going to Hamas - it’s time to ban arms sales to Israel too.

It’s just tipped over 100,000 signatures, you can sign the petition here.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Pictures courtesy of Photo project and 38 Degrees

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Israel arms ban petition hand-in

August 13th, 2014 by

Over 95,000 people have signed the petition telling David Cameron to stop selling arms to Israel. 38 Degrees members are standing up for peace. Alongside thousands of people around the world also calling for an end to the bloody conflict in Gaza.

Yesterday, the government announced they might halt some arms sales to Israel. This shows the government is starting to bend to pressure for an arms embargo. But some people say it doesn’t go far enough.

On Thursday morning, 38 Degrees members will hand our petition in to the government. Together, we are showing the strength of public opinion for a ban on arms sales - adding to the pressure on Cameron to take further action.

You can share the petition on Facebook and Twitter now, so your friends and family can add their names before the petition is handed in tomorrow morning.

The Israeli army is using weapons containing British-made parts, with the consent of the UK government. The UK has, rightly, already got controls in place to stop British-made weapons going to Palestinian group Hamas. But if we want to promote peace, our weapons shouldn’t be used by either side. It’s time to ban arms sales to Israel too.

Would you like to come to the petition hand-in on Thursday? We’ll be meeting outside Downing Street at 11am and we’ll hand the petition to guards who will take it inside. Please RSVP here.

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David Cameron: Stop selling arms to Israel

August 7th, 2014 by

Day after day we see shocking images from Gaza – men, women and innocent children being killed, injured and driven from their homes. The war is over 2,300 miles away. But the Israeli army is using weapons containing British-made parts, sold to the Israeli government with the consent of the UK government.

Pressure is mounting on the UK government to stop sending British weapons into this warzone. Other European countries such as Spain have already announced a ban. Senior MPs from all parties are starting to speak out. Now we need to get David Cameron to do the same.

A big petition now, signed by thousands of us, can help prove that the British public want our government to make a stronger stand for peace. If enough of us sign, it will be handed in to 10 Downing Street next week. You can sign the petition here.

David Cameron is already under pressure to act. On Monday, Baroness Warsi, a senior minister, resigned. She said the government’s policy on Israel was “morally indefensible”. And yesterday, another former cabinet minister, Andrew Mitchell, backed an embargo.

It’s at moments like these when targeted public pressure can push things in the right direction.

We’ve all watched the conflict unfold with a growing sense of frustration and despair. It’s easy to feel powerless. And it’s true that stopping sales of UK arms to Israel won’t, on its own, bring about peace – the crisis in the middle east has deep and difficult roots, and no side is blameless.

But thousands of 38 Degrees members have been in touch over the past few days to say that even if it’s difficult and the chances of success are slim, we should still be doing all we can. And that if you want to promote peace, you don’t sell weapons to either side.

Each week a random sample of 38 Degrees members are polled on what 38 Degrees’ priorities should be. This week, 85% said an arms embargo to promote peace in the Middle East should be a priority.

The UK has, rightly, already got controls in place to stop British-made weapons going to Hamas – it’s time to ban arms sales to Israel too.

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Gaza, Israel, over 800 deaths: what could we do?

July 25th, 2014 by

In the past 16 days of fighting in Israel and Gaza, 797 Palestinians and 33 Israelis have been killed and thousands more have been injured. The Israeli military is attacking a captive population in a strip of land a quarter of the size of London. Gaza’s rulers, Hamas, have fired over 2,100 rockets into Israel.

The war is over 2,300 miles away from the UK. The conflict is long, bloody and seemingly neverending. It’s easy to feel powerless.

But together, 38 Degrees members number 2.6 million now. As a movement, we stand for peace - and we’ve acted at moments of international crisis before.

Together, we could pressure the government to use their influence on the international stage to stop the fighting. Or we could add pressure to big multinationals to pull out of the area. Or we could raise money to help families and children on the ground. Or we could do nothing at all – or something else entirely.

Here’s some context:

- The new UK foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, has called for a swift ceasefire.
- Yesterday, the UN Human Rights Council voted to pass a resolution to investigate Israel for war crimes. The UK was one of 17 countries to abstain.
- International campaigning organisation Avaaz is pressuring big multinational companies to pull their investments out of Israel and Palestine.
- The British Red Cross has launched an appeal to fund emergency health care and repairs to water and sewage networks.
- The World Health Organisation has demanded a humanitarian corridor in Gaza.
- 38 Degrees members have started 7 campaigns and counting on Campaigns by You, including asking the government and UK companies to consider sanctions against Israel.:

“We demand the British government & opposition immediately discusses sanctions on Israel, including withholding the billions of pounds of aid our country sends to Israel each year..”

“To use their power internationally be it at the UN or within the EU to use its position to bring the Israeli government accountable for the massacre in Gaza, Palestine… ”

“Is there anything you can do to stop the Israeli army from bombing civilian families in Gaza? These are not military targets; children and innocent civilians should not be being targeted and killed in this war.”

Dear Sainsburys, Please consider your position on stocking oranges (and any other produce) from Israel. Israel’s invasion and blockade of Palestine is a contravention of human rights.

“Email Philip Hammond and ask him to urgently call the Israeli ambassador and demand that Israel halt attacks on civilians in Gaza…”

“Provide the direct political intervention with world leaders political pressure to stop israel killing the peoples of Gaza, Palastine and the terrorisation and illegal occupation of Palastine.”

“Currently Google only has Israel on the map which includes Palestine – Gaza and The West Bank…”

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Your Decision – 21st July

July 21st, 2014 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues our movement should prioritise and which campaigns to get behind. Here are the results for last week.

Protecting the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments has come top this week.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies, ban the routine use of antibiotics in factory farming, and campaign for education policies that enable every child to reach their full potential.

You can see how 38 Degrees members voted on other issues on the graph below. The blue on the graph shows how many people answered ‘a lot’ in support of the campaigns listed, the red represents people answering ‘a little’, and the green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below. For a full size chart please click here.

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Gaza flotilla – what next?

August 18th, 2010 by

Isreaeli boats before the flotilla attacks

Isreaeli boats before the flotilla attacks

When Israeli forces attacked the Gaza aid flotilla in May, tens of thousands of us came together to demand that the British Government took urgent action. Together we piled on the pressure to try secure an international investigation into the flotilla assault, ensure full accountability for those responsible, and lift the Gaza blockade.

Thousands of us e-mailed David Cameron and Nick Clegg and, to up the pressure even more, we teamed up with Oxfam, CAFOD and lots of other groups to take out full page newspaper adverts (see here).

Together we contributed to a global outcry which put the Israeli government under unprecedented international pressure. In response they made some small changes to the Gaza blockade, allowing more goods to enter. These small steps in the right direction were welcomed but aid agencies like Oxfam warned these were “not enough” and that a full lifting of the blockade is still urgently needed.

In the UK we saw our pressure working too. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, described Gaza as a “prison camp” and appealed to the Israeli Government to allow a free flow of people and humanitarian goods into and out of Gaza.

Initially it looked like the only inquiry into the attacks would be carried our by Israel but with international observers. That too has changed, as Israel will now cooperate with a UN inquiry.

38 Degrees members showed that we can have an impact on international issues, joining people around the world in speaking out against the Gaza flotilla attacks and making sure our own government played a positive role in responding to the crisis. We made a real difference and helped secure changes which will be of some benefit to the people of Gaza.

However, the situation in Gaza is still extremely serious. We’ll need to continue to monitor the situation and be ready to respond again if there’s another opportunity to influence events.

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Lift The Gaza Blockade – our ad in The Times

June 3rd, 2010 by

38 Degrees members decided that Israel’s attack on activists aboard ships taking aid to Gaza needed a response. Over 90% of us said we should come together to demand David Cameron and Nick Clegg act to ensure a proper international response. In the last few hours thousands of us have taken action by signing the petition.

Today we teamed up with Oxfam, CAFOD, MADE, MAP and Mercy Corps to take our message to the Government by taking out a full page ad in The Times urging call for an emergency international conference to life the blockade of Gaza. The ad’s below.

Today four out of five men, women and children in Gaza rely on humanitarian aid, yet the aid allowed into Gaza is only a fraction of what is needed. Urge our government to take action by texting “LIFT” to 70066 (charged at your standard network rate) or signing the “lift the gaza blockade” petition here.

The Lift The Gaza Blockade which appeared in the Times today

The "Lift The Gaza Blockade" which appeared in the Times today

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