Thursday, 12 March 2009

Lucas, just back from Gaza, joins Tony Benn at Brighton meeting

Brighton's Green Euro-MP and Westminster contender Caroline Lucas is to speak about her experiences during a visit to Gaza earlier this month at a public meeting organised by the local branches of the Stop the War Coalition and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign tomorrow.

It should be a cracker - I'll let y'all know how it went afterwards. Caroline, who, as a member of a European Parliament delegation to the region visited areas devastated by recent Israeli attacks on the occupied Palestinian territory, will speak alongside 'Stop the War' president and former Labour MP Tony Benn.

Speaking after her return from Gaza, Dr Lucas called for the Israeli government to pay reparations to affected communities – and for the international community to recognise a ‘government of national unity’ in Palestine.

She said: “The people of Gaza are being collectively punished for electing a government unpopular with Israel.

“The devastation I saw was absolutely shocking: the millions lucky enough not to lose their lives in the recent Israeli attacks are being forced to live in a blockaded bombsite – often without access to enough food, clean water, medicines – or even a shelter.

“This is a complete denial of Palestinians basic human rights and it’s time the international community said clearly: ‘Enough is enough’ – Israel must end the occupation now.”

The meeting, which takes place from 7.30pm this Friday at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, is free and open to all: peace campaigner Andrew Murray will speak alongside Dr Lucas and Tony Benn.

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