MPs Support Labour’s Demand for ‘Immediate Humanitarian Ceasefire’ in Gaza


Debate is currently underway among MPs regarding a new procedure following the government’s withdrawal of its amendment. This follows a heated discussion on the conflict, primarily centered on the distress in the Gaza Strip. However, Labour MP Fleur Anderson emphasized the anguish of Israeli hostages.

Anderson has visited the region twice in the past six months, including a recent trip where she visited a Kibbutz that was attacked on October 7, Jerusalem, and the West Bank. During her visit, she met with the mother of one of the hostages, whose son had attended a music festival on October 6 and sent his mother a text the following morning saying “I love you” and “I’m sorry”. She has not heard from him since.

The mother of the hostage shared with Anderson that it’s not about comparing pain and tears, but acknowledging the collective suffering. Anderson believes we should learn from this situation and promote solidarity with both Jewish and Palestinian people.

Anderson outlined several actions that need to be taken: an immediate ceasefire, protection for the 1.5 million people in Rafah from attacks, release of hostages, a halt on the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank, and international recognition of Palestine as a state.

She ended her statement by addressing plans by the IDF to make 2024 a year of war, firmly stating opposition to such plans.

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