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Enfield North independent MP hopeful only candidate to bring up Gaza in hustings

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Independent MP candidate for Enfield North, Ertan Karpazli, was said he was 'disappointed' that there were no questions about Gaza in the hustings.

NEWS IN ENGLISH 03.07.2024, 01:30 03.07.2024, 01:33 Eddie Osman
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Enfield North independent MP hopeful only candidate to bring up Gaza in hustings
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Ertan Karpazli, an indepedent MP candidate for Enfield North, expressed his 'disappointment' over the fact that the 'genocide' taking place in Gaza was not brought up as a question at a local hustings on Monday, 1 July.

Speaking on a panel that included Labour Party candidate Feryal Clark, Conservative Party candidate Chris Dey, Liberal Democrat candidate Guy Russo, Reform candidate Stephen Bird, and Greens Party candidate Isobel Whittaker, independent hopeful Ertan Karpazli, who is of Turkish Cypriot origin, answered questions about the ongoing housing crisis, the cost of living crisis and environmental issues.

However, at the end of the two-hour long hustings, Karpazli stated: “The main reason why I’m running as an independent candidate is because I want to end UK complicity in genocide. I’m disappointed that there were no questions about that today, because it is something that affects all of us."

Wearing a traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarf, Karpazli added: "Currently, our tax money is being spent on killing innocent men, women, and children in Gaza. We need to call it what it is - it is a genocide.”

Karpazli further expressed his dismay that his Labour Party rival, Feryal Clark, who had been serving as MP of Enfield North before Parliament was dissolved ahead of the 4 July election, had abstained in a parliamentary vote on 15 November, 2023, when MPs were asked to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Almost 40,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Israel escalated its assault on the blockaded enclave on over 2 million people. Most of those killed were civilians.

The majority of Gaza's population is currently displaced within the enclave, with hardly any safe place for them to go to escape bombing, shelling and gunfire from Israeli forces.

Karpazli said: “Vote for me. A vote for me is a vote for humanity. We cannot allow genocide to become a normal thing in this world. We cannot belittle the international criminal courts of justice. What’s happening in Gaza can easily happen here tomorrow, so we need to stop this now.”

During the event, the independent candidate also made a significant protest. When Labour MP candidate Feryal Clark began explaining why she should be voted for, he held up a paper stating "FREE PALESTINE."

None of the other candidates said anything about the situation in Gaza.

Throughout the hustings, Karpazli also underlined his belief in a 'wealth tax' on the 'mega rich' to help fund public services, mentioning that a 5 percent wealth tax on the top 10 percent wealthiest people in the UK would generate approximately £325 billion for the economy.

He also called for more people-centred environmental projects and more vetting of local councils and private estate agents to deal with the housing crisis.

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