Scottish parliament arrests of Gaza protesters

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Scottish Greens leader, Patrick Harvie, has called for a show of
solidarity by the Scottish parliament for Palestinians

Scottish news: Scottish parliament arrests of Gaza protesters

Demonstrators at the Scottish parliament were arrested today (Thursday) after scaling the roof at Holyrood to protest against the Israeli military massacre of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Around fifteen members of the We Are All Hana Shalabi network staged the protest while First Minister’s Questions took place inside the parliament chamber.

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The activists were calling upon the Scottish government to do more to condemn Israel’s recent ceasefire breaches and slaughter of Palestinian civilians.

Beti Brown, 19, who was among the rooftop protesters 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.”

Responding to the arrests, Scottish Green MSPs have called on the Scottish government to join the global movement for boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel to help apply pressure and so protect Palestinians.

Earlier this week the Scottish Greens lodged a parliamentary motion on Gaza condemning intense Israeli missile attacks on the civilian population inside Gaza and calling for both sides to respect their obligations under international law.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: "There are many issues which are so powerful and urgent that non-violent direct action becomes a justified and even necessary part of the response. I believe that there are many people in Scotland who want our country to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and who feel particular revulsion at the number of Gazans killed in recent days”.

"I know there will be those in Parliament who feel that the demonstration was an inconvenience, but the real issue is the long history of brutal and illegal occupation carried out by the Israeli Government. The world must come together to end this injustice, and I call on the Scottish Government to join the global movement for boycotts, divestment and sanctions as called for by the Palestinians."

With the US supplying military aid and political support to Israel, the nuclear state is largely immune from diplomatic consequences despite countries such as Egypt and Russia condemning Israeli military action.

Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has described Israeli attacks as a type of “ethnic cleansing”, and committing war crimes against Palestinians saying: “Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this region and violating international law.

Although the ceasefire along the Gaza strip seems to be vicariously holding, this follows eight days of intense shelling that has left over 150 Palestinians dead.

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