OVER 150 people packed the launch of the national petition for Palestine on Tuesday of last week, organised by the Campaign for Palestinian Rights. Jeremy Corbyn, the left wing Labour MP, chaired the event in the Houses of Parliament.
There was a wide range of support for the petition, which will be handed in to Tony Blair. 'The trade unions should become involved in the Palestinian cause,' said Alex Gordon of the rail workers' RMT union national executive.
'There can never be peace until there is justice,' Jeremy Dear, the general secretary of the NUJ journalists' union, told the meeting. 'Walls can be built, settlers armed and infrastructure bombed-it cannot bring peace. The Palestinian people must have the right to return to their homes and the freedom to work.'
'I am a Jew, but I'm here to express my 100 percent support for the Palestinian struggle for peace, freedom and justice,' said the writer Mike Rosen. 'This petition has to go out everywhere so we stand by the Palestinians.'
Other speakers included actor Julie Christie, entertainer Alexei Sayle, Palestinian delegate to Britain Afif Saffieh, and Omar Ben Khadra from the Al Awda right of return coalition.
To get a copy of the petition write to Campaign for Palestinian Rights, PO Box 33619, London N16 0WZ. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org