Here are 5 suggestions of things you can do RIGHT NOW to support the people of Palestine.
1.WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MP
Find your local MP here
Introduce yourself, explain why you are writing and what you want them to do, then request a reply.
Ensure you include your name and address, or they are not obliged to respond.
Keep it friendly and polite
When they respond, reply and establish a relationship with your MP
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE if you are not sure what to write. Feel free to copy and paste or use as a template, the most important part is that you send something!
2.SIGN THE PETITION
Sign this petition for UK Government to formally recognise the State of Palestine
Share the petition with your network and encourage friends to sign
When a petition reaches more than 100.000 signatures, the issue HAS to be discussed in parliament. The more signatures, the stronger the message!
Arguably the most vital help is financial support. Rain Crew suggest donating to The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp. They are a cultural resistance organisation, using theatre and the arts to resist the Israeli occupation and help the Palestinian people to tell their stories.
Donate to The Freedom Theatre here
Alternatively, donate to a charity of your choice. Other suggestions include Al Mustafa Welfare Trust Amos Trust Association of the Palestinian Community in the UK (APC) Friends of al Aqsa Hoping Foundation Human Appeal International Solidarity Movement – London Oxfam Unicef
If you have no money, FUNDRAISE
Follow AmnestyUK to find out how to stay safe during protests
Protest are a great way to show your support, get motivated to do more and energise those that fight for Palestine every day.
5.EXCHANGE, LEARN & CONNECT
With so many different media outlets it can be hard to understand the situation in Palestine. We therefor encourage everyone to share information from reliable sources, discuss Palestine in your circle and educate yourself and others. Below you can find a list of books, videos and documentaries we recommend.
On Palestine by Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappe The Hundred Years War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe Gaza in Crisis by Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappe
Of course the most important part is to take action. So donate, write to your MP, sign the petition for Palestine to be officially recognised as a state, protest