May 15th is an incredibly poignant date for Palestinians, marking the day when they were expelled from their homeland in 1948. Tens of thousands of people marched for peace and justice in London this year amid the ongoing assault on Gaza and evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, joining the international cause for a Free Palestine.
I was proud to see our city, and others across the country, standing in solidarity with the people of Palestine, who have the right to live free from oppression and occupation. The UK Government must listen and take action to end the violence and secure lasting peace.
As a starting point, that means recognising Palestine and condemning Israel’s illegal settlements, occupation and blockade of Occupied Palestinian Territories. It also means stopping the supply of military hardware to Israel, where the UK has exported more than £400 million worth of arms since 2015.