31 October 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Green Group brings pro-peace motion to upcoming full council meeting
[Bournemouth, 7th November] — BCP Council’s Green Group, plans to bring a motion hoping for a ceasefire and instructing the council to be ready to offer support for those displaced and affected by the events taking place. The motion, which reflects the group's dedication to fostering understanding, support, and unity in times of conflict, is aimed at promoting peace and empathy in the wake of the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine, text as below.
This Council resolves to
Joe Salmon (Moordown) proposed the motion which has been seconded by Kate Salmon (Moordown), he said
“Politicians and diplomats have created a vacuum by refusing to engage meaningfully with this situation and its root causes for generations. This space has been filled by the divisive partisan voices of those who look to extend and exploit this conflict for their gain. The failure of so many of our politicians, such as Rishi Sunak and Kier Starmer to condemn both the attacks carried out by Hamas and the disproportionate response of the IDF is a failure of leadership.
In any response to this conflict, it's crucial to acknowledge, as UN Secretary-General António Guterres has emphasised, that the actions carried out by Hamas did not occur in a vacuum.
Currently, our government's approach is based on the misconception that absolute justice can be achieved by attributing blame to one side for all the actions, including those of the other side. However, the reality is much more complex; individuals can simultaneously be both victims and perpetrators. In most conflicts, the responsibility for crimes and atrocities falls somewhere between 100% and 0%. This is a fundamental aspect of the situation, yet our government struggles to fully embrace this reality.
In doing so our government risks being complicit in the real time execution of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.
We are hoping our council can show that politicians and leaders can come together and take a more nuanced, compassionate and productive stance, one that calls for an immediate ceasefire.”
Bilal Yasin who has coordinated some of the anti-war demonstrations taking place in Bournemouth said
“As representatives of our community we want all our politicians, councillors, MP and all other elected officials to work tirelessly for an immediate ceasefire, nothing more and nothing less, suggestion of humanitarian pauses do not go far enough. We are witnessing a genocide in real time, this is a humanitarian issue and we all have a clear moral obligation to prevent this killing”
Residents who are members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign are calling on local councillors, MPs and government to:
For further comment please contact
Bilal Yasin - Bilal.firstname.lastname@example.org - 07957 248 415
Joe Salmon - JoeSalmon1985@gmail.com - 07926 714 549