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Peace campaigners write to Obama


6:47am 24th May 2011

A group of campaigners from York & Harrogate will visit the RAF base at Menwith Hill on Tuesday 24th May at 11 am to deliver a letter to President Obama in response to his recent State Department speech on the Middle East and North Africa.
Timed to coincide with President Obama's visit to the UK the letter will address the President's remarks regarding a just and peaceful settlement for the people of Palestine and Israel.
The peace campaigners have a wide range of experience of the Middle East. One of them is Heather Stroud who took a leading role in delivering an ambulance and relief supplies from York to Gaza following the Israeli attack there in 2009 which killed 1,400 people and left many more with serious injuries.
Heather says:

"While the President's belief that the borders of Israel and Palestine need to be based on 1967 lines, and provide the Palestinian people with a sovereign and contiguous state, other remarks in his speech seriously undermine the Palestinian people's move towards a unified government which includes Fatha and Hamas. A Unity Government is vital to ensure a voice for those living in the occupied West Bank of the Jordan and in Gaza and for the thousands of Palestinian refugees who were force to leave their homes when the state of Israel was created.

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