Burnham-On-Sea’s MP Tessa Munt has explained this week why she has taken the decision to boycott Israeli goods and services in the wake of ongoing military action in the region.
She said that the majority of people she is meeting out and about in the area are “disturbed, upset and angry” about the action.
“It’s clear that Israel has crossed a line. It’s not OK to drop bombs on civilians and the sight of parents carrying the remains of their small children in plastic bags is sickening,” she told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week.
“Bombed hospitals and schools, an entire population stunned and damaged is criminal. It simply cannot be justified. When civilians are targeted, a crime is committed against us all.”
“By staying silent, governments allow these crimes to become the ‘norm’, thereby failing the public and future generations. We cannot allow the scenes we are witnessing to become the ‘norm’. They are not normal.”
She aded that there is something that can be done on an individual level to take a stand on the matter.
“I’m a huge believer in ‘people power’ and whereas modern history has repeatedly proven violence to be not only ugly but useless, non-violent actions can be hugely effective.”
“The use of a boycotts is one example of non-violent action and whilst a protest march is effective in raising awareness and publicity, a boycott hits states and organisations where it hurts most – the wallet. Israel exports all sorts all sorts of things from food to financial services into the UK and we all have a choice about how we spend our money.”