Tomorrow we expect thousands of people to assemble in Edinburgh to march to the Scottish Parliament in support for Gaza. We will assemble and set off from Alex Salmond’s official residence in Charlotte Square after handing in the following letter:
Dear First Minister,
You represented the feelings of a majority of Scots when you supported the campaign to impeach Tony Blair some time ago, and again more recently when you argued that “you can’t have normal relationships if you believe another country has been involved in what Israel has been involved in…whatever measures you take, it cannot just be a diplomatic dance…”.
Many saw these words as a move away from support for Israel’s endless violations of international law and their crimes against humanity, Palestinian humanity. Our campaign has publicised your positions favourably over the years.
We were, therefore, disappointed to learn that during Israel’s ongoing siege and killings of Palestinians in Gaza, you felt able to have a meeting with the Israeli Ambassador in Bute House without publicly raising with him Israel’s human rights violations.
How modest were our hopes. John Swinney awarded a substantial slice of Scottish taxpayers’ money to the UK subsidiary of an Israeli settler company, Eden Springs, involved in human rights violations.
The stock of politicians has fallen to very low levels, and you have been seen by many as an exception – ready to take a stand against endless aggressive wars based on lies and to oppose Israel’s brutal crimes against the Palestinian people.
Successive London governments have maintained until today a policy of virtually unconditional support for Israel that is making the world a more dangerous place.
We ask you to stand by your words of not so long ago, and let Scots know that the Israeli Ambassador will not be welcomed officially in Scotland until Israel ends its brutal siege of Gaza, a cancer in the Middle East that will spread hatred against all who condone or turn a blind eye. We also ask that you cancel the meeting agreed between Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, Fergus Ewing and representatives of the Israeli Embassy while Israel denies basic Palestinian human rights.
We look forward to your reply.
Groups, organisations and individuals wishing to add their name to this letter please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook event for demonstration: https://www.facebook.com/events/125747630913030/?ref=ts&fref=ts