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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00034

Israel’s Right of Self-defence and a Call for De-escalation in Current Hostilities

Submitted by: Jackson Carlaw, Eastwood, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Stephen Kerr, Edward Mountain, Alexander Stewart, Annie Wells

That the Parliament expresses its profound concern at the continuing violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories; agrees that the events of recent days must be brought to a swift end, with a full focus on preventing further loss of life; unequivocally condemns the reported actions of Hamas, and what it sees as other terrorist organisations, for the launching and targeting of missiles at Israel; believes that the firing of rockets towards Israel must permanently cease; understands that Israel is currently experiencing large-scale attacks aimed entirely at civilian population centres across the country; acknowledges reports that the Israel Defense Forces are seeking to neutralise what it considers terrorist targets in Gaza directly linked to the rocket fire on Israel’s cities and citizens, and understands that this response is, so far as is possible in such a situation, being carried out in a measured manner and underpinned by unequivocal intelligence information; considers that Israel has a right of self-defence and to protect the country and its people from attack; acknowledges that, as part of the nation’s self-defence, it is imperative for Israel’s actions to be proportionate, in conjunction with international humanitarian law and with all steps taken to prevent civilian casualties; believes that the existing situation demonstrates that urgent action needs to be taken in order to bring about an immediate ceasefire, a sustainable peace and a two-state solution, which it considers remains the best way forward to secure these goals and achieve wider stability in the Middle East; calls on all sides in the conflict to exercise the highest possible levels of restraint and avoid taking further actions that put civilians at risk and which also exacerbate the difficulties involved with securing a lasting peace settlement in the region; considers that events taking place in either Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories must not be used as a justification for verbal or physical attacks and intimidation against Jewish people living in Scotland, and unreservedly condemns any such incidents.