Dear Ms X,

I can assure you that I am doing my best. I went to Gaza myself in
September with the All-Party Parliamentary Palestine Group, and was
appalled by the humanitarian situation there, even before the present
blockade. Whilst it is also undoubtedly true that the indiscriminate
firing of rockets out of Gaza into residential areas constitutes a war
crime in its own right, this does not excuse the ‘collective punishment’
of almost a million people. I raise this issue whenever and wherever I
can.

If you have not seen it, I describe my trip on my website and in my
latest Annual Report.

The government is very actively involved in these issues and as you may
know, is a major funder of the Palestinian Authority. However, it is
absolutely clear that it is US pressure which is the essential
precondition to a lasting peace deal. One small heartening thing out of
recent events is that even president Bush has called for an end to the
illegal settlement programme on the West Bank.

Hope this helps

Karen Buck

—–Original Message—–
From: X
Sent: 22 January 2008 13:16
To: Karen Buck
Subject: Letter from your constituent

Tuesday 22 January 2008

Dear Karen Buck,

I am writing to you in horror at the situation in Gaza. It is
disgusting that we stand back and allow Israel to carry out such a
reign of terror. I have been to Israel and Palestine, and have
witnessed with my own eyes the restrictions on the Palestinian people.
Please make your voice be heard in sympathy of the human lives that are
being lost. The children and women who are suffering.
This goes against the geneva convention, regardless of which ‘side’ you
may be on. This is inhuman and cruel and will only lead to more
violence.
I will not be able to support my government in any way if we do not put
an end to this massive abuse of human rights.
Please give me faith in our democracy.
At the very least please sign the Early Day Motions 305, 624 and 698.

Yours sincerely,

X

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