As well as tackling the medical needs of Palestinian communities, MAP is committed to addressing the root causes of these needs.
2016 saw significant challenges to Palestinians’ rights, with the acceleration of the demolition of Palestinian homes and livelihoods in the West Bank, tightening restrictions on movement for those living in Gaza, and no end in sight for Syria’s devastating civil war.
This year we have expanded our partnerships with organisations in the UK, Palestine and Israel and across Europe working to highlight these issues and drive political and diplomatic action to address them.
As Palestinians mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Palestinian territory and the 10th anniversary of the blockade and closure of Gaza in 2017, MAP will continue to campaign in the UK and internationally for the removal of the political and social impediments to Palestinian health and dignity.
“Is now not the time, more than ever, for the United Kingdom Government to be entirely consistent and to remind the world, without any qualification, that settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal?”
William Wragg MP (Con), who visited the West Bank with MAP and Caabu in April 2016, speaking in a debate on Israeli Settlements in February 2017.
Cycle Palestine 2016
Last September, a group of 24 intrepid cyclists braved the heat and hills of the West Bank for the Cycle Palestine 2016 (pictured). The trip covered 230 km from the northern most point of the West Bank, Jenin, to the lowest point on dry land, The Dead Sea, and raised over £116,000.
“So pleased to have had the privilege of cycling with you and sharing unforgettable experiences. Appreciating all our freedoms and hoping that our friends in Palestine will one day be free from occupation.”
Celia Richardson, Cycle Palestine 2016 participant
Parliament work and delegation
In 2016 MAP continued to work together with the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) to support two cross-party delegations of UK Parliamentarians to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. On return, these MPs have been actively promoting an informed political debate on issues affecting Palestinians, tabling parliamentary questions and speaking out in support of Palestinian rights, including the right to health, during debates.
In October, MAP marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the launch of a campaign to expose the damaging impact of the occupation on access to breast cancer treatment. In partnership with Physicians for Human Rights – Israel we published a fact sheet and infographic highlighting these issues. This was launched by MP and breast cancer surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, recently returned from a visit to the West Bank and Gaza with MAP, at a side event at the Sottish National Party (SNP) annual conference.