Motion ref. S5M-21739
72nd Anniversary of the Nakba
Submitted by: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Supported by: Claire Baker, Claudia Beamish, Sarah Boyack, Willie Coffey, James Dornan, John Finnie, Iain Gray, Ross Greer, Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone, Fulton MacGregor, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Alex Rowley, Anas Sarwar, Elaine Smith, David Torrance, Andy Wightman
That the Parliament acknowledges that 15 May 2020 is the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, known by Palestinian people as the "day of catastrophe", in which the state of Israel was formed after what it understands was the mass eviction of over 750,000 people from historic Palestine land, which included the destruction of over 500 towns and villages; believes that this led to generations of pain for the Palestinian people, who continue to live under a state of occupation; understands that it led to a major crisis in which over four million displaced people were registered by the UN as refugees and unable to return home; condemns what it sees as the deepening of the crisis in the form of illegal settlements, which are not recognised by the international community; understands that these continue to be built in the occupied territories at a rate of five times that prior to the implementation of the Oslo Accords; further understands that the Israeli government has declared its plan to annexe areas of territories it occupied in June 1967 as part of its agreed Israeli coalition platform from 1 July 2020; believes that, on 15 May 2020, millions of people across Palestine and around the world will mark the anniversary of the Nakba, albeit not as in previous years, which saw people attend marches, rallies and vigils, due to the outbreak of COVID-19; supports Palestinian people across the world, including those living in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, in the commemoration of the Nakba; notes the calls for a resolution to be sought to what it considers the Palestinian humanitarian crisis and occupation; condemns any action by the Israeli government to annexe areas of occupied Palestinian land, which it considers violates several UN Security Council Resolutions, including UNSCR 242 and 2334, and considers that the international community is duty bound to protect Palestinians under occupation.
Amendments that have not been voted on
Submitted by: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Jackson Carlaw, Adam Tomkins
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Monday, January 1, 0001