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Motion for Debate Liverpool City Council Meeting - Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023 5.0
15a Humanitarian crisis in the Middle East by Councillor Steve Radford, Liberal Party,  seconded by Councillor Tom Crone, Green Party

Liverpool City Council recognises the significance of the tragic situation in the Middle East to our city. We have Jewish and Palestinian communities and, if the crisis were to escalate, we could be required to offer sanctuary to refugees.

Liverpool City Council condemns the massacre of Israeli civilians and the taking of hostages by Hamas on October 7th.

We further condemn the collective punishment of the Palestinian people that has ensued, costing the lives of over 9,000 people, 3,500 of them children. Innocent Palestinians should not have to pay the price for the atrocities of October 7th. There is no purely military solution to the 75-year-long crisis in the region, rooted in the occupation of Palestinian land, as recognised in United Nations resolution 2334. The indiscriminate levelling of areas of Gaza is totally unacceptable. An immediate ceasefire and the return of all hostages are preconditions for a renewed peace process.

Palestinian and Israeli citizens have an equal right to live free from fear and insecurity.

We call on the UK government to renew efforts to end attacks on civilians and to return all hostages immediately as a precondition for a lasting peace.’

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