The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP hosted a Newham based Muslim group in the House of Commons so that they could present a petition to the Government condemning Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

The Indian Muslim Federation UK – Newham Branch, collected over 1600 signatures calling on the UK Government, amongst other things to,"unequivocally condemn the indiscriminate and disproportionate actions of the Israeli Government."

The IMFUK (Newham) presented the petition to the Foreign Office Minister, Bill Rammell MP, who has taken a very active role in dealing with the problems in Gaza over the last few months.

Stephen Timms MP said:

"I visited Gaza with others from Newham in 2005, and saw for myself the hardships people were enduring even then.  People have been appalled by the violence and suffering they have witnessed on their TV screens.  It is vital that the ceasefire holds, so that the UN can use this latest funding from the British Government. Fuel is desperately needed for power stations so that hospitals can function again, peoples homes can be heated and lit, and access to safe water can be re-established."

During a visit to Gaza and Israel on 1 March 2009, The Secretary of State for International Development, The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, called for improved access and urged the Israelis to relax tough restrictions on the type of goods that are allowed across the border. He also met with representatives of the Israeli Government, the UN and organisations working on the ground in Gaza. He called for an end to rocket attacks and a political settlement that includes both a viable Palestinian State and a secure Israel.

Douglas Alexander also pledged £30m to help rebuild damaged and destroyed homes, schools, and hospitals in Gaza. The money will support the first phase of rebuilding Gaza which is still devastated from the recent fighting. It will include the repair of essential infrastructure including water, sewage and electricity supplies. This brings the total response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to nearly £47m since the conflict began.

AuthorStephen Timms