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A cross-party statement of solidarity

Sheffield Town Hall

Like many people across Sheffield, we have all been deeply troubled by what is happening in Gaza and our hearts are breaking for the people who are unable to flee to safety, say goodbye to their loved ones and face a future that they could never have imagined.


We condemn the tragic loss of innocent civilian life over the last five months in Gaza and on 7th October in Israel. The ongoing bombardment and blockade of Gaza is devastating and heartbreaking to watch. Over 30,000 people have been killed and there is the prospect of widespread starvation. We express our solidarity and deep sympathy with all the victims, their families, the tens of thousands of injured people and everyone who has been displaced.


We repeat our call for an immediate ceasefire. The killing must stop, hostages must be released and aid must be allowed to flow into Gaza. Israel must comply with the orders in the International Court of Justice’s interim ruling in full.


We call on the UK government and the whole international community to do all they can to bring about an end to the violence and to restart the peace process.


We are proud that Sheffield is a City of Sanctuary and that our city is home to many diverse communities and faiths. Our diversity is our strength. As political leaders, we commit to do all we can to bring our city together and we stand against all forms of hate, violence and racism, including Islamophobia and antisemitism.  


Cllr Tom Hunt, Leader of the Council and Leader of the Labour Group

Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group

Cllr Douglas Johnson, Leader of the Green Group

Cllr Dianne Hurst, Leader of the Sheffield Community Councillors Group