Please write to your Member of Parliament to urge them to sign the following EDM in relation to the recent attack by Israel on the Free Gaza Flotilla, tabled by Richard Burden MP. There were 172 signatories as at 2 August 2010.
That this House is appalled by the loss of life associated with Israel’s attack on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza; notes that UK and other nationals have been held by Israel despite the attack having taken place in international waters; endorses the call of the United Nations Secretary General for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards; recognises that Israel’s blockade which has destroyed the economy of Gaza and deepened poverty still inflicts widespread suffering and, by imposing collective punishment on the people of Gaza, is itself contrary to international law; and calls on the international community to require Israel to end its blockade and to redouble international efforts to secure a lasting settlement with a secure and independent state of Palestine alongside a secure and independent Israel.
What is an EDM?
Early Day Motion (EDM) is a colloquial term for a notice of motion given by a Member of Parliament for which no date has been fixed for debate. EDMs exist to allow MPs to put on record their opinion on a subject and canvass support for it from fellow Members. In effect, the primary function of an EDM is to form a kind of petition that MPs can sign. It can act as a useful lobbying tool if the EDM gains a large number of signatures.