Violence in Israel and Palestine
Joanna Cherry and the SNP condemn the brutal terror attacks perpetrated by Hamas, the murder, hostage-taking and rape against the people of Israel in the strongest possible terms. Innocent people have been once again caught in the cycle of violence that has torn apart so many lives.
"I am deeply concerned about the situation. I visited the West Bank on a cross-party parliamentary delegation with the Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU) and Human Appeal in October 2016 and was shocked with what I saw there. I have continued to raise my concerns about Palestinian human rights in Parliament and in the media. On Tuesday I helped chair a panel at Westminster with CAABU, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Amnesty UK and Oxfam International where we were briefed on the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Gaza. They are warning that we are in the era of atrocity prevention and currently have a short window of opportunity to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel has the right to defend herself from terror. But the collective punishment of civilian populations is not acceptable and is against international law. It has been disappointing that the UK Government and the Labour party under Keir Starmer has not stated this."
Sunday, 8 October 2023
The ongoing attack on Israel & her citizens must be condemned. Rape, kidnapping, torture, mutilation & murder of civilians, including women, children & old people can NEVER be justified. Hamas are terrorists backed by Iran & we all know how they treat women.— Joanna Cherry KC (@joannaccherry) October 8, 2023
Humza is right. While Israel has every right to protect its citizens, innocent Palestinian civilians, & visitors to Gaza like Humza’s relatives, should not be collectively punished for the murderous depraved terrorism of Hamas. https://t.co/YVVfUSgZPA— Joanna Cherry KC (@joannaccherry) October 9, 2023
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
On Tuesday Joanna Cherry chaired a briefing from the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu), Amnesty International UK and Oxfam who provided a brief to MPS on the unfolding humanitarian disaseter in Gaza
A very sober session, examining a situation none of us had hoped we would witness. Two days on the situation is even worse, with the health system in Gaza on the brink of collapse and Palestinian civilians on the verge of dying of thirst. https://t.co/1iFhsNVVR6— Chris Doyle (@Doylech) October 19, 2023
Urgent question to the Foreign Secretary
Explosion at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza
Wednesday, 18 October 2023
Letter to the Foreign Secretary
Wednesday, 18 October 2023
Joanna Cherry KC in partnership with Amnesty International has written to the Foreign Secretary highlighting analysis by Amnesty and the Red Cross that the evacuation order given to Palestinians living in the north of Gaza is unlawful.
Foreign Office Questions
Joanna Cherry calls for a full independent international inquiry into the recent events in Israel and Gaza. Calls for a proper process of accountability to investigate and prosecute war crimes.
Laws of War
Joanna Cherry read from the laws of war as part of an event organised by the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International law at London at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
International lawyers, law students, academics, barristers, judges, politicians, writers, artists, and activists to join them for an unprecedented public reading of the Laws of War. Every weekday lunchtime for 2 hours they will speak law to power by reading out the Laws of War until the conflict stops. You can access more information about the material they are using at the International Committee of the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Database. https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/en/customary-ihl/v1/in.
Their objective is to bring public attention to the rules of international humanitarian law applicable to the conflict in Gaza and to the international legal duty of the UK Government to 'do everything reasonably in their power' to ensure that these rules are respected.