Bristol Council Lobbies for Israel Sanctions

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The Jewish Chronicle reports:

Bristol City Council has condemned Israel’s part in the Gaza flotilla attack and called for sanctions against the Jewish state.

No councillor spoke on behalf of Israel during the debate, and the Gaza flotilla was referred to as a “peace convoy”.

The Tories proposed a milder condemnation of Israel which was rejected. The resolution was passed with the votes of Lib Dem and Labour councillors, with the Conservatives opposing it.

The final resolution read: “This Council notes the long standing links between Bristol and the people of Palestine through a range of organisations and activities over many years; therefore Council condemns the brutal attack on the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, in international waters, by the Israeli military on Monday 31 May 2010.

“This was a convoy of ships delivering vital humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. At least nine human rights activists were killed and dozens more injured. Two Bristol citizens, Sakir Yildirim and Cliff Hanley were on one of the ships carrying aid to Gaza.

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