Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign

 

Welcome to the Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign Website.

What is Lobbying?
"To try and persuade or influence politicians and governments." 

This can be either direct or through those who already have some leverage like the media and indeed the general public.  It can include demonstrations and even civil disobedience as forms of indirect lobbying.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying 

Why Lobby
Although lobbying may not be the quickest way of getting politicians to take the type of action you want, it is the accepted method in a democracy.  Since we do not advocate violence to coerce governments, lobbying in its broadest sense is the most effective action we can take.

Some may argue that lobbying changes nothing and in fact the situation for the Palestinians has only gotten worse over the past 60 years.  The evidence that lobbying does work is clear from the massive shift in politicians and media statements compared to any time in the past.  This is very evident to those who have followed, for a longer period, the Israeli conflict in the Middle-East.

See also an example correspondence trail with Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw.  If youd like to find out more, please look at the other links under this CAMPAIGN or contact postmaster@exeterpsc.org.uk .

How to Lobby
Unless you have other routes to government ministers or those who influence/advise them, your MP is your first and best port of call.  Since the EU is a significant player in this conflict, your MEPs are also a key contact.

There are of course many different ways you can approach your MP/MEP.  This very much depends on what it is you want to say and what you feel most comfortable with.

If you want to take action and start lobbying or you already lobby, but feel it is not as effective as youd want then talk to someone at the Exeter-PSCs lobbying sub-group.

See also the following comprehensive guide on lobbying
http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/campaign/resource/mphints/mphints.pdf