EURO-MP CONDEMNS EU AT ‘FREE PALESTINE’ RALLY
EU MUST MAINTAIN PAYMENTS TO PREVENT DISASTER, WARNS LUCAS
Event: Green MEP Caroline Lucas condemns EU at ‘Free Palestine!’ rally
Place: Trafalgar Square, London – after demonstration leaving Embankment
Time: Saturday, May 20th. March leaves 1pm – speeches from 2pm
GREEN Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has condemned the EU’s failure to restore
immediate financial assistance to Palestine as a slap in the face to
democracy which will push the occupied territories to the brink of a
“Living conditions in the Palestinian occupied territories have been
deteriorating for years at the hands of the occupying Israeli forces, and
any suspension of payments now will have severe consequences for the health,
education and economic and social rights of the Palestinian people,” said Dr
Dr Lucas made her comments as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed
the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and ahead of a central London rally
taking place this Saturday organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
The Green Party Principal Speaker will join trade unionists, a
representative of the Palestinian embassy in London and Jeremy Corbyn MP in
calling for an end to the Israeli occupation. She will speak soon after 2pm,
when the demonstrators are expected to arrive in Trafalgar Square after
marching from Embankment (leaving 1pm) – pausing en route to deliver a
petition to 10 Downing Street.
Dr Lucas, who is a member of the European Parliament’s delegation to the
occupied territories, said: “We must respect Palestinian democracy, and
deliver on our promises of financial support to prevent a humanitarian
disaster in the occupied territories.
“The Palestinian civil and social services cannot function independently
from external assistance, due primarily to the daily economic hardships
inflicted by the occupying Israeli forces.
“Reports reaching the UK this week reveal that hospitals in the occupied
territories have almost exhausted their supplies of essential equipment and
medicines – and that hundreds of lives of the most vulnerable hang in the
balance. Put simply, withholding financial assistance means allowing
vulnerable Palestinians to die.
“Cutting funds from Palestine will have a terrible impact on civilians
across the territory, more than half of whom are already living below the
She added: “The EU must maintain their Palestinian funding, or risk
completely undermining the causes of peace and democracy in the Middle East.
Depriving the people of Palestine of their basic human rights just to punish
their democratic choices is not a path to peace.”