Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Eight ways you can help the people of Palestine
1. Demonstrate: Join the peaceful vigils / protests.
Scottish National Demonstration: Saturday 10 January
Assemble at East Market St. (behind Waverley station), Edinburgh
March to US Consulate; FM's residence.
2. Donate Money - The Palestinian people are in urgent need for your donations for urgent medical aid and you can donate to:
Interpal, specialist charity helping Palestinians:
Phone: Call the Interpal hotline: 02089619993
Online: Go to www.interpal.org and follow the online instructions
Interpal Account Details:
Account Name: Interpal, Bank: Islamic Bank of Britain, Sort Code: 30-00-83 Account Number: 01095401 BG52LOYD3096401024192
Other reputable charities specialising in the region (Gaza/Palestine) are: Islamic Relief (www.islamic-relief.org.uk ), Muslim Aid (www.muslimaid.org ), Muslim Hands (www.muslimhands.org) and Ummah Welfare Trust (www.uwt.org)
3. Lobby Your MP/MSPs. Get your community to write, call and meet your Member of Parliament. Our MPs have been elected to serve us and we should make sure that we contact them and pressurise them to do something against this Israeli brutality. Lobby your MP to sign or initiate an Early Day Motion that calls on our government to condemn the Israeli government for massacre of Palestinians. Be polite, to the point and make your request specific. You can find out your MP from the link:
4. Sign the petitions. http://www.petitiononline.com/gaza2812/petition.html
There is also a petition underway on the Downing Street website:http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Israel-Sanctions/
5. Get yourself heard - Air your views. Participate by writing letters to the editor and taking part in television, radio and online discussion forums. Remember to keep your points succinct and polite. http://www.arabmediawatch.com/amw/Resources/LetterWritingTips/tabid/134/Default.aspx
6. Seek Coalitions. Change starts at home so you might also wish to seek local coalitions and work with people around you, of all faiths, to highlight the plight of the Palestinians. This is an issue of humanity and we should work to seek coalitions across faiths.
As we protest peacefully and make our voices heard, please ensure that we are vigilant against any form of hatred or violence that may be perpetuated in the name of this passionate cause. There have been reports of both Islamophobia and anti-semitism as by-products of this tragedy. We must make clear that our opposition is to the state of Israel and to its assault on the Palestinian people.
*Glasgow & Edinburgh now have a "Emergency Co-ordinating Committee 4 Gaza" - ALL WELCOME TO GET INVOVLED!
Please reply back for more details.
7. Call the Foreign & Commonwealth Office - Express your concern with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, please call 020 7008 1500. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Finally, Remember the "power of prayer". Special prayers, Qunooot Al-Nazilah, this prayer of the Prophet is recited when Muslims face calamities. For further information, see: http://www.mcb.org.uk/article_detail.php?article=announcement-765