29th August 2014
Over the Summer I have continued to put pressure on the Government regarding the crisis in Gaza; I have received an overwhelming amount of mail from constituents who are saddened and shocked by the events in recent months.
As well as writing to the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP (most recently on 13th August) - and his predecessor William Hague MP - I have also raised the issue twice in the House of Commons. Below is my question to William Hague MP on 14th July and my question to the Prime Minister on 21st July.
To William Hague
Lyn Brown (West Ham) (Lab): Following the question from the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Martin Horwood)—and while condemning the violence on both sides—I must say to the Foreign Secretary that the right to trade surely comes with the responsibility to uphold basic humanitarian principles. May I urge him to investigate the possibility of a consensus on economic sanctions within the European Union as an effective means of non-violent intervention, delivering Israel to the negotiating table for the desperately needed two-state solution?
To the Prime Minister
Lyn Brown: A reported 12,000-plus rockets have been fired into Gaza over the past 13 days, with more than 500 deaths and more than 80,000 Gazans displaced. May I simply ask the Prime Minister what pressure he is prepared to apply, if he will not pursue economic sanctions against Israel, to ensure that Israel complies with international humanitarian law and exercises the restraint that he says he wants to see?