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Write to your MP and urge them to call for an immediate ceasefire

Every voice counts: Write to your MP to protect civilians in Gaza

As the world witnesses the appalling violence against civilians, we are calling on each and every one of you to contact your local MP to urge the UK government to call for an immediate ceasefire and demand that international law is upheld and civilians are protected.

The Israeli military assault on Gaza continues, with indiscriminate bombardment that has killed over 11,000 people, including over 4,500 children, destroyed thousands of homes, and displaced over 1.5 million people.

The tightening of Israel’s siege of Gaza – cutting off supplies of food, medicine, fuel and aid – represents collective punishment of all 2.2 million people living in Gaza, around half of whom are children. The current Israeli order for more than 1 million people to leave northern Gaza is causing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Hospitals have been ordered to empty and families have been bombed as they follow the order to flee. Food, water and medical supplies are running out.

None of us has proper food, we’re struggling to find water and we have no electricity. Humanitarian assistance is not being allowed into Gaza and I fear people will starve here.

Islamic Relief staff member who fled to south Gaza with his family.

The death toll is mounting hourly and Palestinians in Gaza are facing a humanitarian catastrophe – with the worst likely yet to come. The UK must act now to save Palestinian lives.

Write to your MP and ask them to urgently call on the Foreign Secretary David Cameron to:

  • Call for an immediate ceasefire to prioritise the preservation of human life.
  • Demand that Israel immediately ends its complete siege of Gaza and ensures that humanitarian aid safely reaches people in need in accordance with humanitarian principles. Israel must allow safe and unimpeded entry of fuel, water, food, and other humanitarian necessities into Gaza.
  • Demand that all parties comply with international law and ensure that civilians are protected from harm. All parties must not target civilians or civilian infrastructure and must ensure that civilians have access to basic necessities such as water, food and power.
  • Increase UK aid to Palestine to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs and work with international partners to ensure that governments continue to fund humanitarian organisations and UN agencies responding to the crisis.

A harrowing humanitarian crisis

On 7th October, an unprecedented escalation in violence in Palestine and Israel, worsened the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. Struggling civilians once more face the horror of major airstrikes.

On Monday 9th Israel announced a “total siege” of Gaza that is preventing food and fuel entering, as well as water and electricity networks. Due to the existing blockade, most of what comes in and out of Gaza is controlled by Israel.

Many medical workers and UN staff have been killed in the bombing so far, while ambulances carrying injured people and schools sheltering displaced families have also been hit.

The bombing has forced more than 600,000 people to flee their homes, yet the blockade means that for people in Gaza there is nowhere safe to go. They urgently need food and other basic survival items.

Islamic Relief is calling for ceasefire and urgent humanitarian aid

Islamic Relief strongly condemns the appalling violence against civilians in Gaza and Israel in recent days, and is calling for an immediate ceasefire. With the humanitarian crisis spiralling out of control, it is vital that aid is allowed to reach all civilians in need. 

We urge all parties to respect and uphold international humanitarian law. They must ensure that civilians are protected, must not target civilian infrastructure and must ensure that civilians have access to basic necessities such as water, food and power. Attacks on homes, schools and hospitals, and blocking aid and essential supplies, violate these basic protections.  

It is vital that international governments continue to fund humanitarian organisations and UN agencies, to provide aid and essential services.   

Find out more here or support our Palestine Emergency Appeal.

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