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“The loss of human life in this conflict is heartbreaking.” – Bradford Greens call for Gaza ceasefire

Bradford Green Party called on both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to back a ceasefire in Gaza saying “silence is complicity”

Matt Edwards, Leader of the Green Group on Bradford Council said:

“The loss of human life in this conflict is heartbreaking. The terrorist attacks by Hamas on 7th October were brutal and deplorable. So too is the response of the Israeli armed forces which has seen 10,000 people killed. Every person killed, whether Israeli or Palestinian is a tragedy.

“There are 2.3 million people living in Gaza, half of them children. Hamas is still holding hundreds of civilians hostage. Everything must be done to end this conflict and stop the senseless loss of life.

“It’s clear that the only way to end this conflict is an immediate ceasefire and the opening of a humanitarian corridor.

“The UK still has a lot of influence on the global stage and it must use this to  join international calls for an immediate ceasefire. It is shameful that both the Prime Minister and Sir Keir Starmer, who is a human rights lawyer, have refused to condemn the appalling humanitarian crisis unfolding.”

Carla Denyer, the national co-leader of the Green Party has already written to the UK government and the official opposition urging them to "listen to the people” and join international calls for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict."

She said:

“The mass civilian suffering we have seen in Israel and Gaza has shocked the world. Over 700 civilians are being killed every day, one child every ten minutes. The dire humanitarian situation is clearly intolerable and must end.

“We cannot hear arguments about violence now somehow preventing further violence in future without shuddering. The lives of children cannot be bartered in this way.

“We are deeply concerned that neither the UK government nor the official opposition has joined international calls for a ceasefire. It is with deep regret that the Green Party feels the need to point out that at times like these, silence is complicity.

“We urge both the government and the Labour Party to listen to the British people, three-quarters of whom want an immediate ceasefire.