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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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