Hounslow Council’s Labour Group today joined the Borough’s two Labour MPs in calling on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to intervene to stop the violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the planned evictions at Sheikh Jarrah.
Cllr Sue Sampson, Chair of the Labour Group on Hounslow Council, said:
“Hounslow’s Labour councillors stand firmly with the borough’s MPs, Ruth Cadbury and Seema Malhotra, and the leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, in condemning the shocking violence perpetrated by the Israeli state against the Palestinians and the planned evictions at Sheikh Jarrah.
“We call on the Foreign Secretary to do everything in his power to bring to an end the violence in East Jerusalem and the airstrikes on Gaza. The British government must oppose human rights violations wherever they take place and support international law.”
Cllr Salman Shaheen, Chair of Brentford and Isleworth CLP, said:
“I welcome this vital message of solidarity with the Palestinian people from the Labour Group on Hounslow Council, and the work our MP Ruth Cadbury is doing to urge the UK government to stand up for human rights and international law in the face of the appalling violence being perpetrated by the Israeli state.”
The London Borough of Hounslow is twinned with Ramallah in Palestine. Last month, then-Mayor Tony Louki, along with Isleworth Councillors Salman Shaheen and Daanish Saeed, welcomed Palestine’s ambassador to the UK and Hounslow resident, Dr Husam Zomlot, on his visit to Isleworth where new borough boundary signs mark the twinning.