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Campaigners lobby parliament over plight of Palestinians

 The record of the British government over Palestinian rights was challenged yesterday by over 300 people crowding the corridors of the House of Commons to lobby their MPs. Representatives from church and human rights groups from across the UK took part in the lobby. The main issue raised were the withholding of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority; the export of arms to Israel and the imprisonment of elected Palestinian MPs. The lobby, called for by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Council for Arab-British Understanding was supported by the largest number of organisation yet including: Amos Trust, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, Arab Media Watch, British Muslim Initiative, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, CWU, Friends of Al Aqsa, Friends of Lebanon, ICAHD UK, Jewish Socialist Group, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Midland Palestinian Community Association, PCS, Pax Christi, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Palestine Return Centre, RMT, Stop the War Coalition, UNISON and War on Want. The lobby was followed by a public meeting organised by the PSC in parliament. Over 200 stayed to hear Tony Benn, Prof Manuel Hassassian the Palestinian general delegate to the UK, Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Barry Camfield from the Transport and General Workers Union, Mohammed Abdul Bari from the Muslim Council of Britain and Dan Judelson from Jews for Justice for Palestinians.