#BDS: Annual Lobby of Parliament & Rally – Lobby your MP for Palestine, Wednesday 24th November
Annual Lobby of Parliament & Rally – Lobby your MP for Palestine
All are welcome for our Lobby of Parliament next Wednesday (24th November 2010) from 2pm-6pm. Just turn up and make your way to our registration room (off Westminster Hall – stewards will be there to help)
It is vital that we encourage as many MPs as possible to vote against proposals to make it harder to bring war criminals to justice, and ask them for their personal commitment to do all they can to end the blockade of Gaza.
Join us too for our rally afterwards Parliament at 6.30pm. Hear about the situation in Gaza, Jerusalem, other parts of the West Bank and what we are doing to oppose Government plans to make it easier for war criminals to escape arrest. Speakers include: Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Baroness Jenny Tonge, Andy Slaughter MP, Richard Burden MP, David Ward MP, Jamal Hwayel, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from Jenin, Daud Abdullah from MEMO, Ben White the Author of ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginners Guide’ and Betty Hunter from Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Our chair for the evening will be Jeremy Corbyn MP. If you would like to attend please rsvp by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (with ‘Rally’ in the subject heading) and make sure you arrive early to guarantee entry.
Keep you MP on the right side of the law
Ken Clarke and William Hague have announced their intention to change the laws of arrest of war criminals so that the Director of Public Prosecutions has a veto on whether an arrest warrant can be issued against a suspected war criminal. This would endanger arrests from going ahead as it would introduce delay and allow political interference.
Campaigners will be asking their MPs to vote against proposed changes. Liberal Democrat Ministers are under pressure on this issue because many of them – including Vince Cable, Sarah Teather and Lynne Featherstone - signed a motion in December 2009, tabled by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, pledging to oppose legislation to restrict the power of universal jurisdiction in the UK courts.