Clive intervened in Parliament today to call for a debate on the floor of the House of Commons on the BBC’s decision to refuse to show the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal for aid to address the humanitarian crisis left in the wake of the Israeli invasion of Gaza.
MPs met this week with Mark Thompson Director General of the BBC to express their anger of the decision. He failed to convince many MPs from all parties that he had made the right decision.
Today Clive called for time to be made available on the floor of the House of Commons for MPs to debate the issue. Clive says, “I am extremely angry at the BBC’s decision and think it should be discussed on the floor of the House.”
The leader of the House promised to look into the possibility of granting a topical debate on the subject.
The Disasters Emergency Committee was formed in 1963 and is an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid agencies, including including the Red Cross, Help the Aged, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Save the Children.
Over 1,300 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, and many thousands have been injured, overwhelming local hospitals. The destruction has left people without homes and many children without schooling; power, food and water supplies are insufficient to cover the population’s needs.
The DEC appeal aims to help relieve short-term needs. Agencies are already providing food, drugs and blankets as well as delivering clean water. But these orgnaisations will soon reach the limit of what we can do without more money. For Gazans struggling to survive, receiving urgent humanitarian aid will help them take the first step to recovery.
The DEC aid agencies are non-political. They work on the basis of humanitarian need and there is an urgent need in Gaza today. We cannot allow innocent people to continue to suffer in this way. If you want to read more about the appeal, or if you would like to make a donation, then please click here.