SNP Friends of Palestine slams Trump’s reckless decision…

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SNP Friends of Palestine slams President Trump’s reckless Embassy relocation plans

Trump tramples on delicate peace process with move of US Embassy to Jerusalem

 

US President Donald Trump has told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a plan met with condemnation across the Middle East and elsewhere.

Jerusalem’s status is an extremely sensitive aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A US move to relocate the embassy would prejudge one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict – the status of Jerusalem – and undermine Washington’s status as an honest mediator.

No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, and the international community, including the US, does not recognise Israel’s jurisdiction over and ownership of the city.

Commenting on the planned relocation, Nadia El-Nakla, Convenor of SNP Friends of Palestine, stated “This a provocative and dangerous act from the US president which is designed to fan the flame of division rather than create peace”.

“If President Trump proceeds with moving the embassy, he will further destabilise the region causing insecurity in both Palestine and Israel, in turn removing Americas role in any future peace talks.”

“World leaders must act quickly by condemning this reckless relocation, and view this move by President Trump as a timely reminder of the huge importance of renewing efforts towards a sustainable long term solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

“We call on the Scottish and UK Governments to exert whatever pressure and influence they have on the US to reconsider this dangerous move.”

Ivan McKee, SNP MSP for Glasgow said:

“This ill-advised decision runs the risk of destabilising an already fragile peace process. I’d like to add my voice to the many who  are calling on President Trump to reconsider”.

 

This act is in blatant contradiction to the UN’s position that the City is a “corpus separatum” or an international city under UN management with the intention for the city to be shared between Israel and Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders. Israel military occupation of the Palestinian East Jerusalem since 1967 has been a constant issue for the peace process and Palestinians there suffer daily as a result of Israel’s annexation.

 

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Awards for SNP MPs seized by Israeli Authorities.

18th October 2016

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Awards for SNP MPs seized by Israeli Authorities

 

A delegation of Palestinian students due to visit the Houses of Parliament for an event with SNP Friends of Palestine were prevented from leaving Palestine by Israeli authorities and awards for SNP MPs were seized. The delegation who were carrying documentation clearly identifying the nature of their visit to the UK, were reportedly given no reason for their departure being blocked. In addition, small hand carved shields which were to be presented as tokens of appreciation to individual SNP MPs were seized by Israeli authorities at the border.

 

Tommy Sheppard, SNP MP for Edinburgh East and Dr Philippa Whitford, SNP MP for Central Ayrshire, are today (Tuesday) hosting an event in the Houses of Parliament for SNP Friends of Palestine. The event was to enable the General Union of Palestinian Students to present an award to SNP MPs in recognition of their support for “continuous efforts to champion Palestinian statehood and human rights”.

 

Tommy Sheppard MP, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Palestine commented “This is yet another example of the Israeli Authorities preventing Palestinian citizens going about their ordinary lives. The students wanted to meet with SNP MPs to thank them for their support for the Palestinian cause and share their experiences. I would urge the Israeli authorities to understand that actions such as these are unhelpful in gaining understanding for their perspective from the international community”

 

Andy Murray, convener of SNP Friends of Palestine said, ‘This reception, which will see recognition by the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK of the SNP Parliamentarians support for “continuous efforts to champion Palestinian statehood and human rights”, will go ahead today in spite of this effort to derail it.’

 

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