Saturday 18th November 2023. Liverpool City Centre.
“Thank you Jeremy, Kenaan and Liverpool Friends of Palestine.
Hello, marhaba, salam alaikum, shalom.
My name is Jo Bird. I’m honoured to be the Green candidate for Birkenhead MP.
In my former workplace, the Labour Party, Jewish members like me were 40 times more likely than other members to be targeted for disciplinary action. I’m one of many Jewish people expelled retrospectively by Starmer’s Labour Party.
I joined the Green Party. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
The Green Party was the only national party that called for ceasefire, six long weeks ago. Before 13,000 innocent men, women and children were killed.
Hamas is wrong to kill civilians like Omer Simon Tov, 4 years old. Hamas should free their hostages. And Israel is also wrong to kill civilians, like Sham Abusalama, 5 years old. Israel should end the siege of Gaza.
Only the Green Party has consistently supported ceasefire now, peace and justice.
Green councillors have worked with trade unions across Merseyside to end our complicity with Israel’s war machine through our Merseyside Pension Fund.
There are 15 MPs on Merseyside, elected by we the people. Only 6 of our MPs voted FOR ceasefire.
We the people, we need to elect better politicians. MPs that will vote FOR ceasefire. Councillors that will seek justice for everyone.
We all know, if there is no justice there is no peace.
No justice, no peace.
No ceasefire, no vote.
No ceasefire, no vote.”