The Scottish Socialist Party deplores the continued violence in the Middle East and the completely disproportionate violence from the Israel Defense Forces, which amount to collective punishment of the Palestinian people.
We condemn the State sanctioned and executed murders of civilians. The UN has stated that 70% of those who have been killed by drone attack, ground forces, fighter-planes or gun boat have been ordinary Palestinians who are in effect, imprisoned and ghettoized behind the Israeli built wall. Shockingly, disgustingly, sadly 30% of those killed have been children.
We call upon the Israeli government to rein in their Defense Forces and to remember that the inhabitants of the Gaza strip are human beings, entitled to be treated with dignity; and entitled to the protection of the Israeli Defense Forces for as long as Israel takes it upon itself to blockade Gaza.
We call upon both Israel and Hamas to cease fire immediately, and call on both sides to refrain from deliberately targeting civilians.
We further call on Israel to end its economic and physical blockade of Gaza, and to replace the essential infrastructure which has been destroyed by its actions - actions which were perpetrated by their Defense Forces with no heed given to their proportionality or legality.
The grievous loss of life of civilians in Gaza is a stain on the reputation not only of the Defense Forces, but on the whole State of Israel.
|Statement: Councillor Jim Bollan|
As long as the State of Israel behaves in this manner, the Scottish Socialist Party believes we have no option other than to call on our members and supporters, and indeed all Scots, to boycott all Israeli goods.
SSP West Dunbartonshire Councillor, Jim Bollan who in 2010 led his Council to boycott Israeli goods said,
"Zionist Israel must be forced to stop the Genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza. We need to build public pressure on all Governments to take action against the Israeli Government to force them to halt the slaughter of Palestinians Immediately. Israeli Apartheid is no different from that in South Africa. Solidarity and respect with the Palestinian People."
(Previous - Threats to SSP Councillor from Zionist website: HERE
Statement from Jim Bollan on the threats: HERE
SSP condemn the Israeli attacks on Peace Flotilla HERE )