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Green councillors call for unity over Gaza conflict

A boy sitting on rubble in the Gaza strip.

Manchester Green Party councillors have called for unity over the conflict in Gaza from across all political parties in Manchester.

The city’s four Green councillors have issued a joint statement to acknowledge the impact the current war in Gaza is having on communities across Manchester.

The councillors issuing the statement are Cllrs Astrid Johnson, Ekua Bayunu, Rob Nunney and Anastasia Wiest.

The statement reads as follows:

“We support the statement issued by the Green Party of England and Wales calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the removal of the blockade of food, water and fuel, and the forced displacement of the civilian population.

“We urge our colleagues across the political spectrum in Manchester to join in this call and to acknowledge the impact these mass killings of Palestinian and Israeli civilians have on our communities across the city.

“We condemn anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Afriphobia and all forms of racism, and support our citizens who have joined in peaceful protest to demand the Tory government, the Labour Party in opposition and the international community put pressure on the Israeli government to act in accordance with international law.

“We condemn the actions of Hamas.

“We also fully support the solution offered by Carne Ross, Green Party spokesperson for Global Solidarity, in calling for ‘an urgent and vigorous international effort to bring about the creation of a Palestinian state, allowing Israel and Palestine to exist safely within their own borders’.”

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