Reaction to Ceasefire Breakdown – Richard Burden MP


Responding to the expiry of the ceasefire on the 8 August 2014 Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Britain-Palestine Richard Burden MP said: 

“The expiry of the latest ceasefire means that civilians will once again be those who will suffer most. Those in Israel will again take to shelters from rockets, and those in Gaza will again have nowhere to go which is safe from missiles and shells.

Everyone must redouble efforts for the truce to be reinstated and all the feedback from Gaza, not only from Hamas, is that the blockade has to be lifted. Ceasefire can’t be a cover for Gaza remaining a prison for 1.8 million people, with the world again looking the other way as Israel throws away the key.

In the meantime what we can all do is support the DEC appeal to get the humanitarian aid in that people in Gaza so desperately need.”

You can donate to the DEC Appeal here:

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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