Emergency Appeal

Israel launched a devastating assault on the Gaza Strip between 10-21 May, killing 242 Palestinians, including 66 children and 38 women, four of whom were pregnant. Over 1,900 Palestinians (including 610 children) were injured during the assault.

The brutal siege on Gaza has meant families were not able to escape or seek safety from the relentless aerial bombardments. There are now 77,000 Palestinians displaced after their homes were destroyed or damaged; the vast majority have taken refuge in schools. The Israeli airstrikes damaged 53 of these schools, as well as 17 hospital and health clinics and the only COVID-19 testing laboratory in the Gaza Strip.

Outside of Gaza, hundreds of Palestinians have been attacked by Israeli forces and settlers during demonstrations against the forcible transfer of families in East Jerusalem. Worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque have been teargassed and attacked with rubber bullets and stun grenades.

Palestinians are in urgent need of your support and advocacy. Show your support today, call us now on 020 8961 9993.

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As a matter of urgency, I call on you to act now and take serious steps towards holding Israel to account for its indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip that has killed 242 Palestinians, including 66 children and 38 women. Over 1,900 Palestinians (including 610 children) were also injured during the assault. Israel’s escalation of violence is a deliberate effort to inflict harm on civilians and is a form collective punishment, illegal under international law.

Families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem are facing imminent eviction, and it is vital that the international community acts now to protect them from forcible transfer and call on Israel to cease all violent attacks on Palestinian demonstrators and worshippers in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel has forcibly displaced thousands of Palestinians using discriminatory policies, police brutality and military aggression. The forcible transfer of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories for settlement building is in grave breach of international law.

The Nakba is an ongoing catastrophe; it began with the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their land following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.  Since then, millions of Palestinians have faced forcible displacement, ethnic cleansing and discrimination.

I ask you to act now and take serious steps towards holding Israel to account for its grave contraventions of international law and discriminatory policies.

As a matter of urgency, the UK government must:

  • Hold the Israeli government for its widespread bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip and the escalation of violence against Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territories.
  • Call on the Israeli government to end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.
  • Call on the Israeli government to end its brutal 14 year siege on the Gaza Strip.
  • Call on the Israeli government to cease the forcible transfer of Palestinian families in occupied East Jerusalem, in breach of international law.
  • Work with the international community to improve and rebuild UNRWA services across its areas of operation.
  • Impose a ban on settlement goods in UK markets and economic sanctions until Israel complies with international law.

Urge the UK government to act now to protect the rights of Palestinians

The Nakba, or “The Catastrophe” is the name given to the events in 1948 which saw over 750,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes and thousands killed to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

The Nakba set the stage for millions to be born into poverty and instability. Those expelled during the Nakba and their descendants now number over 5.5 million.

The Nakba is experienced every day by those struggling to outrun the tragedies of the past and access their basic human rights.  Join us as we urgently call on the UK Foreign Office to do more to uphold and protect the rights of Palestinians. There must be an end to the catastrophes Palestinians face and Britain has a unique historical responsibility to protect their human rights.

To find out more about how you can support Palestinians, call us now on 020 891 9993.

The Nakba Continues

Major events of the ongoing Nakba

A Palestinian boy in Gaza

The blockade on Gaza

2007

Since 2007, Israel has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the Gaza Strip, severely controlling the import of basic necessities including food, fuel and medicines.

Israeli bomb explodes in Gaza, with smoke engulfing everything

Operation 'Cast Lead' in Gaza

2008-2009

In December 2008, Israel launched a three week bombardment of the Gaza Strip. People were unable to flee to safety, heavily populated areas were bombed mercilessly and white phosphorous was used on the civilian population. The attack left 1,400 Palestinians dead, and over 5,000 wounded.

Operation 'Pillar of Defence'

2012

Whilst still recovering from the 2008/2009 bombardment and the ongoing siege, Palestinians in Gaza were once more terrorised by a week-long bombardment in November 2012. Over 150 people were killed, 30 of them children.

A building in Gaza razed by an Israeli air attack

Operation 'Protective Edge' in Gaza

2014

On July 8th 2014, the Gaza Strip came under attack by Israeli forces. The aggression and violence continued for seven weeks. 2,100 Palestinians were killed and over 11,200 Palestinians were injured, including 3,000 children. At least 500,000 people were forced to flee their homes and live in emergency shelters or with host families.

Gazans seen during the Great March of Return at the Gaza-Israel border fence, under fire from tear gas

The Great March of Return

2019

At the time of writing, the “Great March of Return” protests in Gaza that began on 30 March 2018 have, according to the Palestine Centre for Human Rights, resulted in 214 Palestinian deaths and a further 14,251 Palestinians wounded. Since the protests began, the health sector in Gaza has been brought to the brink of collapse, with health facilities severely under-resourced and unable to cope with the massive influx of casualties.

Ongoing Settlement Building

2019

More than 620,000 Israeli citizens currently reside in settlements in the West Bank. Hundreds of thousands of square meters, including farmland and grazing areas, have been appropriated from Palestinians in order to build them (B’Tselem). There are now approximately 755,000 Palestinian refugees in the West Bank. From 2006 until 31 May 2019, Israel demolished at least 1,424 Palestinian residential units in the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem), causing 6,269 people – including at least 3,155 minors – to lose their homes (B’Tselem)

Interpal workers in Palestine during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic

2020

The Covid 19 Pandemic has ravaged the occupied territories and further impoverished Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. Tensions continue to rise in the occupied West Bank, with settler violence and restrictions on Palestinians increasing. The political will to support Palestinian liberation is dwindling with decision makers and Palestinians are struggling to make their voices heard.

Al Aqsa Mosque Compound - Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia

Violence in East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip

2021

Palestinians began protesting in Jerusalem after Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the removal of several families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah.  Israeli forces attacked hundreds of Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque with rubber bullets and stun grenades as evening prayers took place during the holy month of Ramadan.

As tensions continued to rise across East Jerusalem, the Israeli military once again conducted airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip killing 242 Palestinians, including 66 children and 38 women, four of whom were pregnant. Over 1,900 Palestinians (including 610 children) were injured during the assault.

Have questions about the Nakba?

What is the Nakba?

The Nakba, or “The Catastrophe” is the name given to the events in 1948 which saw over 750,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes and thousands killed to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

The Nakba set the stage for millions to be born into poverty and instability. Those expelled during the Nakba and their descendants now number over 5.5 million.

When was the Nakba?

The Nakba took place in 1948 – the initial set of events that drove almost a million Palestinians from their homes.

Since then, the Nakba is still experienced every day by those struggling to outrun the tragedies of the past and access their basic human rights.

The occupied West Bank is split into restricted ghettoes with checkpoints, arbitrary arrests and human rights violations a daily reality for most. The Gaza Strip is under a brutal siege leaving its 2 million population isolated and impoverished. Palestinian refugees live in squalid camps without access to basic necessities including food, water and healthcare. The right of return has been denied to Palestinians, leaving them in a form of limbo and insecurity.

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