Around fifteen members of the We Are All Hana Shalabi network have occupied the roof of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Edinburgh, in protest at the recent massacre carried out by the Israeli Army in Gaza.
The activists are calling upon the Scottish Government to do more to condemn Israel’s recent crimes, and to acknowledge strong Scottish public demand for sanctions against Israel for its ongoing occupation, colonisation and massacring of Palestinian people.
A statement this week from Scottish Government Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf acknowledged the illegality of Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza, yet the Scottish Government has failed to take steps towards exerting international diplomatic pressure on Israel.
Last nights ceasefire agreement may have brought an end to most recent escalation of attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, however history demonstrates that Israel will continue to carry out acts of aggression on the people of Gaza, who remain under siege by a brutal occupation which restricts movement of people as well as essential materials such as food, medicine, building materials etc.
Israel has a history of violating ceasefire agreements, and the action at the Scottish Parliament today intends to pressure the Scottish Government to acknowledge this reality and take preventative action today.
One activist, who is on the roof of Parliament at this moment, said:
”The world has been shocked to watch Israel’s recent attacks on the civilian population of Gaza, and many people have felt helpless as to what we can do as members of the public to stop the violence. We are calling on our government to acknowledge Palestinian rights, which include the right to defend themselves against the illegal occupation it has suffered under for decades, and to support the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.”
3 banners are being displayed, reading “End Israeli War Crimes”.. “Stand With the Oppressed or You’re Standing With The Oppressor. The third is in Arabic and roughly translates to “Gaza, We Stand With You, Palestine Will Be Free”
The ceasefire might thankfully be in place but as long as Israel enjoys total impunity in the face of the UN or International Law, as long as even progressive government such as the current SNP Scottish government make weak statements even falling short of condemning Israel and last but not least..as long as Israel can expect the completely biased and disgusting coverage from the likes of the BBC then we can guarantee that there will be yet another Israeli massacre in Gaza.
Well that is completely unacceptable and the reason why that despite the bombs having stopped dropping for the moment planned international solidarity demonstrations for this weekend will be going ahead.
In Scotland people will be travelling to Glasgow and assembling at the Donald Dewar statue on the top of Buchanan Street at 1pm before marching to the BBC.
The action at Parliament today takes place during First Minster’s Questions.