Published Friday, 21 May 2021
Statement from Coventry City Council, Deputy Leader, Cllr Abdul Salam
“The terrible events in the Israel/Palestine region will have left many in our city feeling distressed.
“I know as a father, and as a councillor representing one of the most richly diverse wards in our beautiful multicultural city, that I have found the news reports and images deeply upsetting.
“It is terrible in today’s world to see such tragic loss of life, including many women and children – innocent lives taken by conflict in both Israel and Palestine.
“I have also been saddened by the protests we have seen that have led to hate language and acts that have scared and distressed people in our city and others around the world.
“On behalf of my fellow councillors, community leaders and the many organisations and individuals in our city who work for peace - and our residents who support that work so well – I welcome the current ceasefire announced today (21 May) and call on both sides to ensure there is no return to violence.
“As a city of peace and reconciliation and the current UK City of Culture, Coventry works around the globe to bring people together in friendship and understanding, and we urge leaders in the region to find a lasting solution that brings an end to the terror and loss of life suffered by their people.
“Coventry will always work for peace and we will use our story and our year as City of Culture to inspire others to follow our example and see what is possible when we drive out hatred and embrace friendship.
“We invite others to join us in that work and ensure the terrible sights of recent days are never repeated.”