Ask your MSP to support the UNHRC report and reaffirm the Scottish Government’s call for the arms embargo against the State of Israel

Israeli snipers have murdered over 260 civilians in cold blood and have maimed thousands throughout a year of protests at the fence that imprisons the Palestinians living in the Gaza strip. Since 2007, they have been subject to an inhumane collective punishment of military blockade as reprisal for their voting for Hamas. A UNHRC report has confirmed that Israeli troops "have intentionally shot children, they’ve intentionally shot people with disabilities, they’ve intentionally shot journalists, knowing them to be children, people with disabilities and journalists”. Ask your MSPs to endorse the report  and to support the Scottish Government's call for an arms embargo on Israel.

The following letter was handed in to the Scottish First Minister's residence, Bute House, on Saturday 30th March. Ask you MSPs to add their voice in support of these two urgent calls.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish Government
Bute House
6 Charlotte Square
Edinburgh EH2 4DR
30 March 2019

Dear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,

Investigators for the UN Human Rights Council recently concluded that Israeli snipers over the past year "have intentionally shot children, they’ve intentionally shot people with disabilities, they’ve intentionally shot journalists, knowing them to be children, people with disabilities and journalists”. Amnesty International welcomed the UN report and added, “Those responsible for these deplorable crimes must not go unpunished. The findings of this report must pave the way for justice for victims of war crimes.”

When the UNHRC adopted the report a week ago, the UK Government refused to vote in favour. Minister Alistair Burt condemned the Human Rights Council for a “lack of balance”. Almost 200 demonstrators have been shot dead by Israeli snipers in the past twelve months, including 35 children and tens of thousands injured, thousands maimed by live fire.

In 2014, the Scottish Government called for an arms embargo on the State of Israel and Minister Humza Yousaf condemned the “deep inhumanity” of the then-ongoing Israeli attack on Gaza.

The inhumanity has deepened since the mass killings of summer 2014; we ask you to:
1. reaffirm the Scottish Government’s call for the arms embargo against the State of Israel
2. welcome and promote the UNHRC Report and support its investigators' request that the information be forwarded to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Mick Napier
on behalf of Palestine Alliance
info@palestinealliance.org

Reports
• UNHRC report: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx
• Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-un/israel-should-face-justice-for-unlawful-gaza-protest-killings-un-idUSKCN1QH14J
• Israeli daily, Haaretz: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/un-council-israel-intentionally-shot-children-and-journalists-in-gaza-1.6979358


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