Press release: Hezbollah leader to speak in London

IUPFP-Britain will be launched in the British Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 31st March

London, March 29, 2009


Amidst growing speculation that Britain has taken steps to initiate dialogue with Lebanese Hezbollah, one of Hezbollah’s most prominent leaders, MP Hussein Al Hajj Hassan, is due to speak at a meeting in the Houses of Parliament in London this Tuesday 31st March.

Relations between the British government and the Lebanese party and resistance movement deteriorated after Britain added the military wing of the party to the list of terrorist organisations in July of last year. Therefore this meeting may come as a surprise for some.

This meeting is the launch of the British branch of the International Union of Parliamentarians for Palestine (IUPFP). The IUPFP is an international organisation with a membership of some 300 MP’s worldwide. The IUPFP works to focus the world’s parliamentary community to the justice of the Palestinian cause and the cruelty of the “Israeli” occupation. This is especially necessary after the latest onslaught against Gaza and the war crimes that were committed there by “Israel”.

The meeting will be hosted by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, and is also supported by Respect MP George Galloway. The deputy speaker of the Palestinian Parliament MP Hassan Khreishe was also due to attend the meeting but has been prevented from leaving the West Bank by the “Israeli” occupation authorities.

Next to Hajj Hassan and Corbyn, the International Director of the IUPFP, Dyab Abou Jahjah, will be outlining the policy of the organization. The meeting will be chaired by Sukant Chandan, Britain’s IUPFP Branch chairperson.

The speakers have a speaking engagement this Monday at a rally of the Stop the War Coalition in central London before speaking in Parliament on Tuesday.

For more information please consult the following details below:

Dyab Abou Jahjah, International Director, IUPFP

Sukant Chandan, Chair, IUPFP - Britain

Meetings Details

1. Stop the War rally

Central London: Public meeting - international speakers: 30 March

Solidarity with the struggle for Peace and Justice in the Middle East

Organised by the Stop the War Coalition

Come and hear elected representatives from the resistance





Stop the War Coalition


Vice President (Europe) Cairo Conference


International Director of the International Union of Parliamentarians For Palestine


English Chair of IUPFP

Time: 7pm

Date: Monday 30th March

Place: Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London (nearest tube, Euston or Euston Square)

Entrance £2

2. Meeting in Parliament with Mr Hussein el-Hajj Hassan & Mr Hasan Khreishi

Dear Friend,

As the Chairperson of the English branch of the International Union of Parliamentarians for Palestine (IUPFP), I am pleased to invite you to our launch meeting in Parliament on 630pm Tuesday 31st March under the title 'Solidarity with Palestine after the Gaza onslaught'.

We are honoured to have speaking at this meeting guests who are leading elected representatives of the Palestinian and Lebanese people in the persons of Mr Hussein el-Hajj Hassan MP from the Loyalty to the Resistance Parliamentary Bloc in Lebanon, and also Mr Hasan Khreishi the Vice President of the Palestinian Parliament.

We also have esteemed guest speakers Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP and Mr Dyab Abou Jahjah the International Director of the IUPFP.

To confirm your attendance please RSVP to me via replying to this email and you will receive a confirmation of your attendance. Please also let me know if you are bringing any other person(s) with you.

Yours sincerely,

Sukant Chandan

Chair, UK Branch of the IUPFP


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