Julian Huppert, Member of Parliament for Cambridge
Thank you for writing to me about the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.
What happened to the flotilla was a disgrace. It was arguably contrary to international law, although we must wait to see the results of the NATO and United Nations investigations. It is nonetheless abundantly clear that Israel is developing a reputation for disproportionate, violent behaviour that will bring neither stability nor progress towards peace in the Middle East.
I have signed an Early Day Motion tabled by Richard Burden MP, which reads as follows:
That this House is appalled by the loss of life associated with Israel's attack on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza; notes that UK and other nationals have been held by Israel despite the attack having taken place in international waters; endorses the call of the United Nations Secretary General for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards; recognises that Israel's blockade which has destroyed the economy of Gaza and deepened poverty still inflicts widespread suffering and, by imposing collective punishment on the people of Gaza, is itself contrary to international law; and calls on the international community to require Israel to end its blockade and to redouble international efforts to secure a lasting settlement with a secure and independent state of Palestine alongside a secure and independent Israel.
I have also written personally to William Hague, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to make clear my concern for the flotilla and for the Palestinians more generally.
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
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