Preston council passed an emergency motion last week to condemn Israel’s military attack and economic blockade of Gaza, and to call for the suspension of the economic agreement between the EU and Israel.
It also recognised Hamas as “legitimately and democratically elected representatives of the people in Gaza”.
Councillors voted for the motion after socialist councillor Michael Lavalette helped call an extraordinary meeting over Gaza.
The motion condemns the “grossly disproportionate attacks by Israel” and argues that these, together with the economic blockade, have created a “humanitarian disaster” in Gaza.
The councillors resolved to write to Gordon Brown to protest at his lack of action during the crisis.
Meanwhile, councillors in Birmingham are calling for the government to allow local authorities to consider human rights issues when making decisions on awarding contracts to companies.
A cross-party statement called on the council’s executive to lobby the government “to exercise moral, ethical and human rights considerations when awarding contracts”.
This follows the council backing a call for a boycott of Israeli goods and services that was initiated by Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob.
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