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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Carlisle protest calls for end to Gaza conflict

The signatures of Cumbrians who want Parliament to help end the current crisis in Palestine will soon be presented to the Government.

Carlisle Palestine protest  photo
Protestors in Carlisle

The Palestine Solidarity Group Carlisle held their third protest in the city centre on Saturday when members of the public were urged to sign letters being sent to high-ranking ministers, such as Business Secretary Vince Cable, and local MP John Stevenson.

The group want the Government to intervene in the crisis with one of their requests being to cut the supply of arms to Israel.

The local group’s concerns about the conflict are matched across the world as some 2,000 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have been killed in six weeks of fighting.

Onlookers have also condemned attacks by Israel on Palestinian schools and hospitals.

Earlier this month the group held another demonstration where they asked members of the public to draw around their hands in red then sign it before the results were sent to Downing Street. Organisers of the group said it was to symbolise how the West had blood on its hands by not acting. --+One of the organisers, Fiona Goldie, of Currock, Carlisle, said: “This is a peace demonstration that is trying to get an end to the Israel Gaza crisis.

“The Government responded to public outcry by saying they would do a review of the arms contracts.

“They said they might cancel 12 of them but that is not enough. We are asking they do more.

“Surely there are enough deaths and enough casualties? We are demanding a strong stance from the Government and an end to the deaths.”

She also criticised how members of the group as well as other campaigners across the country had been sent identical responses from their MPs.

“I have sent letters to John Stevenson and other people have sent them to their MPs across the country, but we keep getting the same letter and they never answer the question,” she added.

Lisa Farmer is another member of the group who was out campaigning.

She said: “It is just horrific what is allowed to happen. They are only allowed to do this with Western backing.

“We want ministers, and especially our local minister, to be accountable. We are not supporting terrorists but we cannot stand attacks on hospitals, schools and innocent children.”

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