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Dear Julian Brazier

I used to write to my MP regularly (not to you - I was in a different constituency). I no longer do so. I know that I shall receive a template letter outlining the position of the Government. I am already fully aware of that position and I find it odious.

But I cannot not write about Gaza - and indeed about your general policy towards Israel. I know how you will reply and that my letter will make not the slightest bit of difference. Regard it as the 'vote' of one in your constituency who is effectively disenfranchised. There are many of us.

5 families erased

On 21 July ... an Israeli airstrike hit a residential tower in southern Gaza city, killing ten members of
the Al Qassas family, all civilians, including six children: Saman, 3 years old, Arwa and Mohamad, 4 years old, Isra’ and Nesma, 7 years old, and Layma, 13 years old. On the same day at around 20:00 pm, another Israeli air strike
hit a house in central Gaza city, which killed another ten, including three children: Yasser, 7 years old, Yaseen, 9
years old and Sawsan, 11 years old.

UNOCHA

gaza: the damage

The cumulative fatality toll among Palestinians, as of this afternoon, stands at 599... this includes at least 443 civilians (74 per cent)

- a third of the civilian fatalities (147) are children, including 36 children under five.

- one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days.

- over 117,000 IDPs are now seeking shelter in UNRWA schools and additional thousands in Ministry of Education-run schools.

UNOCHA

planting a foreign body

There are people (the Arabs, Editor’s Note) who control spacious territories teeming with manifest and hidden resources. They dominate the intersections of world routes. Their lands were the cradles of human civilizations and religions. These people have one faith, one language, one history and the same aspirations. No natural barriers can isolate these people from one another … if, per chance, this nation were to be unified into one state, it would then take the fate of the world into its hands and would separate Europe from the rest of the world.

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