Solidarity with Palestine
by Doug – speech given at Gaza solidarity rally, 2 August 2014
What is happening in Gaza today is state sponsored terrorism. Over 1400 deaths and over 6000 injured. 120,000 forced from their homes. One child killed every hour since this current round of slaughter began. What the Israeli military are doing, with impunity and backed by the British and American governments, is a crime against humanity.
This latest brutal and bloody onslaught against the people of Gaza, is but one of countless horrific attacks in a brutal and relentless occupation, which has lasted over 65 years. Over 65 years of killing, imprisonment and denial of the most basic human rights, all with the aim of defeating the Palestinian people and driving them from their land.
We must stand with the people of Palestine.
As Nelson Mandela famously said, “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
The world needs to stand on the side of freedom, with the people of Palestine, against the Israeli occupation.
While this massacre is unfolding we are being lied to by the media. They peddle the lie that what is happening in Palestine is a somehow a war between equal combatants. It is not. It is murder carried out by the largest military machine in the region against a virtually defenceless, occupied population. Gaza is in effect the world’s largest open air prison camp.
We need to support the call made by Palestinians for Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions and we call upon Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish and the UK Government to back this Boycott. And we call on the Scottish Parliament to back Jean Urquhart’s motion on Gaza under attack.
We must acknowledge apartheid exists. We must acknowledge that this is the same apartheid that existed in South Africa. It was eventually defeated through international solidarity and so too will Israeli apartheid be defeated!