The ZCC urges its supporters to stand up for the Kedem shop located at 6 King Street, Manchester M2 6AQ.
Over the past several weeks pro-Hamas supporters have been picketing the shop purely because it sells Israeli products.
The ZCC would like its supporters to take Israeli flags, banners, placards etc. (creating your own if necessary using www.standwithus.com then click "resources" at the top of the page, then click "signs") and stand outside the Kedem shop, at your own convenience to show solidarity with Israel.
The Zionist Central Council is also asking its supporters to participate in the Zionist Federation's urgent appeal to send care packages to Israeli soldiers. For further information go to Zionist.org.uk
Please also write to your MP and tell them to support Israel in the face of terrorism. We know that anti-Israel activists in the UK have launched a letter-writing campaign to MPs attempting to blame Israel for violence that has been initiated and escalated by Hamas, who have rebuffed Israel’s efforts to call a ceasefire, and to accuse Israel of “collective punishment” of Palestinians.
We are therefore asking you to email your own MP and, preferably using your own words, make the following points:
“Dear [insert name of MP],
I am writing as one of your constituents to express my support for Israel’s right to take military action to defend its civilians from Hamas terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza.
Israel is engaged in a rightful act of self-defence. It is a taking every step possible to minimise civilian casualties. The goals are limited and defensive: to safeguard the civilians of Israel from rocket fire by crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and to restore Israel’s deterrent against future attacks.
No state can accept a situation in which its civilians are threatened by rockets fired indiscriminately against civilian areas. With normal life for Israeli civilians deteriorating rapidly, Israel has been forced to act.
It is clear that Hamas should not have been allowed to join the Palestinian Authority’s “Unity Government” as they continue to pursue terrorism rather than peace. The UK and EU were misguided in welcoming the formation of this government and should now call for Hamas to be removed from it.
I hope you will use your voice as my MP to show appropriate support for Israel in the face of terrorism. Please let me know if you agree with my stance on this issue. I would also ask you to let Foreign Office Ministers know my views.