We are urging all Sheffield residents to write to their MPs and insist that their elected representatives visit the camp and listen to Sahar and Lena. Their absence on an issue that has clearly got so much local support is neglectful at best and complicity with genocide at worst.
Some councillors have visited notable the head of the Green Party and some Labour councillors.
You can find a template letter as pdf here and as rtf here
This support is wider than in Sheffield of course and we are pleased to have had a message from Jeremy Corbyn’ s office:
My greetings, admiration and solidarity. The ethnic cleansing of Gaza must stop, a ceasefire is needed NOW, an end to the occupation and justice for the refugees. The camp is in the great traditions of Sheffield’s international solidarity with oppressed people.
There has been overwhelming support from visitors and messages of support from afar.
In particular we received a visit from supporters from Rotherham Friends of Palestine Group and Cllr Taiba Yasseen
We had very kind offers of food so much so that we are getting overwhelmed now. So while we recognise people would like to do what they can, please do not bring more food!
However, your presence by a short visit or union delegation especially would be very welcome.
You can also donate to Sheffield Palestine Solidarity’s emergency relief fund for gifts from Sheffield of food parcels, warm clothing for families in Gaza is very welcomed. Please see this web page for how to do that https://www.sheffieldpsc.org.uk/?p=3153
From 5th January to 13th January 2024 please visit and support the Justice Now Camp in front of the Town Hall.
Horrified by the complicity of the UK government and silence form MPs and councillors, in spite of the ceasefire motion passed some weeks ago, Palestinian women in Sheffield , supported by Sheffield Coalition against Israeli Apartheid, will be demanding action and camping outside the town hall.
1/ Sheffield council to declare Sheffield an Israeli Apartheid Free Zone 2/ That the UK government investigate British citizens who have joined the Israeli Defence Force and bring criminal charges and cease it’s support for the Israeli army 3/ There is an immediate ceasefire , an end to the occupation, and a just political solution based on an end to discriminatory apartheid policies, settler-colonialism and ethnic cleansing.