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"New European Initiatives for Palestine" Dr Phyllis Starkey, former British MP ‑ in Boston

  • Community Church of Boston 565 Boylston St Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

In a program sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action
at Boston's Community Church

Dr. Phyllis Starkey was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2010, and ministerial aide in the British Foreign Office from 2001-2005. Throughout her parliamentary career, she kept a focus on Palestine and the Middle East, chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Palestine Group and visiting the region many times.  She is a trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and speaks frequently on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Earlier this month, Dr. Starkey spoke at Oxford University on "How European Governments subcontract policy on Israel/Palestine to parliamentarians, civil society, and businesses."

"Israel’s continued deepening of the occupation, failure to make any positive moves in political negotiations, and growing threats to formally annex Area C of the West Bank demonstrate that Europe must use its leverage as Israel’s biggest trading partner and take more robust action." 
 — May 2014
"Europe needs to use its economic levers to hold Israel to account. Firstly it must suspend all arms sales to Israel today – not when the next conflict begins. Secondly the EU should propose a strict timetable for easing the blockade (coupled with an offer to meet Israel’s genuine security concerns) and for wider negotiations to end the entire occupation."
  — September 2014