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Statement by the Mayor of Cambridge at Full Council, 29 February 2024

29 February 2024

The situation in Gaza is deteriorating day by day. The death and destruction taking place is having a devastating impact on innocent civilians, particularly women and children. A ground offensive in Rafah, southern Gaza, will only lead to further unnecessary loss of life.

I know many in Cambridge have been deeply and personally affected. The events since October have been truly awful and I extend my sympathies to all those who have been directly and indirectly affected and their families.

We can help people in Gaza by donating to one of the following organisations that provide medical aid and humanitarian relief:

As Mayor and on behalf of the city, I have made two statements about the situation in Gaza (17 October 2023 and 21 February 2024), and continue our calls for an immediate ceasefire, the return of hostages, unfettered access for humanitarian aid, peace in the Middle East, international support for a two-State solution and the upholding of international law.

Cambridge is proud to be a City of Sanctuary that upholds and respects the human rights and dignity of all peoples. The council seeks to promote civility between all members of our city community, including those who feel an association with parties to conflict elsewhere in the world. 

There is no place for hate in Cambridge. If you are aware of hate crimes, you can report them to the police on 999 or 101, to Stop Hate UK or to the City Council’s Racial Harassment Service on 01223 457967.  

Endorsed by:

Cllr Mike Davey, Leader of Cambridge City Council and Leader of the Labour Group

Cllr Tim Bick, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group

Cllr Naomi Bennett, Leader of the Green Party Group