MSP Scott: Stop arms trade with Israel
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has prompted Shetland MSP Tavish Scott to call for an end to UK arms exports to Israel.
Referring to figures that show £42 million of arms have been exported to Israel since 2010 Mr Scott urged the Westminster government to take immediate action.
In the most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza an estimated 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians and including hundreds of children, have been killed. A 72-hour humnitarian truce started on Tuesday.
Mr Scott has signed cross-party Scottish Parliamentary motions calling for an end to the armed conflict between the Israeli government and Hamas in Gaza. Tomorrow he will join a lobby of the Scottish Parliament organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign which is expected to see MSPs standing behind a banner, which reads: “End the siege in Gaza”.
“I want to make clear my opposition to the actions of the Israeli government and end the massacre of people in Gaza,” said Mr Scott. “The UK government must immediately stop weapons being exported from Britain to Israel and I firmly support the actions of the UK Deputy Prime Minister [Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg] to achieve this.
“The resignation of a senior Conservative minister in the UK government [Baroness Sayeeda Warsi] shows too that politicians across the parties oppose the actions of the Israeli government.
“The UN, EU and individual national governments must move on from simply condemning the slaughter and calling for a ceasefire. We need concrete action and I ask the UK government to immediately bring arms exports to an end.
“The UN estimates that 485,000 people have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the month long war. Since the Israeli offensive began there have been 4,760 air strikes on Gaza. The UN estimates that at least 85 per cent of Palestinian deaths are civilians. We cannot stand by and let this continue any longer.”