Open Letter to Reading’s PPCs

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Reading PSC has joined National PSC’s Make Palestine The Issue Campaign.

The letter below  was sent to Reading’s prospective parliamentary candidates today.

Dear All,

This is an open letter to the PPCs in Reading.

I’m writing to you on behalf of Reading Palestine Solidarity Campaign. (

We are a local group which is an affiliated branch of the National PSC which was founded in 1982.

The indigenous people of Palestine were dispossessed of their land more than 60 years ago to create the state of Israel. The land that was left to them – the West Bank and Gaza – was invaded by Israel in 1967 and has remained under a brutal and illegal occupation ever since. Justice for the Palestinian people is long overdue and, for many people in this country, including myself, it has become a key election issue.

I would like to know whether you would be prepared to stand up for the human rights of Palestinians, and lobby for pressure to be put on Israel to comply with international law, should you be elected to the next Parliament.

I also ask you to sign the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s six election pledges, below.

If elected to Parliament, I will:

  1. Call on Israel to end its violations of international law, including ending its illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
  2. Oppose any attacks on universal jurisdiction and bring those responsible for Israeli war crimes to justice
  3. Work to end the siege on Gaza
  4. Call on the government to ban the import of settlement goods
  5. Call on the government to suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement
  6. Call for an end to Britain’s arms trade with Israel

Please see the link below for a briefing which explains the points above in more detail: Briefing 2010 General Election.pdf

We will be making this letter public on the Reading PSC website and any replies will also be posted onto the website.

I look forward to hearing from you in advance of the election date.

Kind Regards,


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We will be posting responses to this letter on our site as they arrive.

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