Letter: We call on all people of conscience to take whatever steps they can
This letter was written by Musheir El farra, chair of Sheffield Solidarity Campaign on behalf of the Sheffield PSC committee, of Sheffield 6.
Hundreds of supporters of Palestine Solidarity campaign came out onto the streets of Sheffield on two occasions last week, to express their grief and outrage at the brutal violence being meted out to the Palestinian people by the Israeli state. We stood appalled at the lies and distortions of our media and the silence of our so called political leaders.
This not a war or a conflict or a clash. It is an ongoing inhuman repression and massacre of the Palestinian people by the state of Israel which occupies Palestinian land and which, for 73 years, has engaged in an unremitting attempt to forcibly and illegally remove the Palestinian people from their homeland.
Sheffield people in huge numbers support our cause - we know that countless acts of kindness, material support and solidarity have taken place all over Sheffield this week. Palestinians living in Sheffield have given heartbreaking accounts of the suffering of their families and loved ones in occupied Palestine, whilst also stating firmly the right of Palestinians living under occupation to resist their oppression.
We are calling for an end to all arms links between Israel and the UK and for sanctions against Israel until it abides by international law.
We call on all people of conscience to take whatever steps they can to express their solidarity. Boycott all Israeli products and join the movement for justice for the Palestinian people. You can find us on facebook - www.facebook.com/sheffieldpalestine- and you can also join the national Palestine Solidarity campaign at palestine.campaign.org
On Friday 21st May we will be once more taking action in solidarity: from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the concourse outside Sheffield Train station. All are welcome.