THE Palestinian ambassador to the UK has praised Scotland’s support for Palestine in a speech to trade unionists in Dundee.

Speaking to delegates at the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) annual congress, Palestinian ambassador Husam Zomlot spoke of the need for continued solidarity with Palestine in an emergency session on the crisis in Gaza.

It comes as the latest death toll in the region has reached more than 33,800 people, with half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people being pushed to the brink of starvation.

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“I fully feel among friends,” Zomlot (above) said as he appeared via video link in Caird Hall.

Zomlot discussed the longstanding relationship between Scotland and Palestine, with the first British city to be twinned with a Palestinian city being Dundee – where the STUC annual congress is being held – with Nablus.

He also praised the Scottish people and the trade union movement for their continued support for the Palestinian cause, such as through demonstrations and fundraising.

“You give us hope. This is now a global movement for Palestine which has united the masses to speak with one voice, to become an unstoppable force.

“Trade unions in Scotland, in the UK and around the world are at the forefront of this movement.

“You represent the voice of conscience and humanity for Palestinian liberation and return – even in these darkest moments in Palestine’s history, there is hope that reason will overcome irrational bias.”

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Zomlot condemned the lack of action from the UK government to criticise Israel’s actions in Gaza.

“Despite the mountain of evidence of Israeli war crimes, the UK continues to resist calls to take stronger actions against what it says is a lie,” he said.

“This raises so many questions that are simply not being asked of the British Government.

“What kind of ally makes you complicit in the worst of international crimes? What kind of ally drags you into wider regional confrontation? What kind of ally is continuing to consolidate an illegal 57-year-old occupation contradicting even the UK’s own policies and laws?

“How did the British political establishment, across the political spectrum, become so engulfed with Israel that it cannot see Israel for what it is?”

We are watching genocide unfolding before our very eyes

The emergency session was led by STUC general secretary Roz Foyer (below), who spoke about the need for the trade union movement in Scotland to demonstrate their support for Palestine.

The National: Roz Foyer, general secretary of the STUC, pictured at the STUC's new offices in Bridgeton, Glasgow...Photograph by Colin Mearns.22 Jan 2022.For Herald on Sunday.

Speaking to the National before the session, Foyer said the STUC make “absolutely no apologies” for allocating part of their agenda to reiterating the STUC’s “longstanding support” for the people of Palestine.

“I don’t think there is any time more important than right now,” she said.

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“You can see the human tragedy unfolding, we’re facing a complete humanitarian disaster in Palestine.

“Right now, every day is vital. Women, children, journalists, aid workers – innocent people are dying, and that is completely unacceptable.

“Given that we are watching genocide unfolding before our very eyes, this has to stop. It’s incumbent on every single person right across the world who has a shred of humanity in them to do anything they can to help the people of Palestine.”

As part of the emergency session, the STUC also voted to call for an immediate halt of UK arms sales to Israel, a sentiment echoed by both First Minister Humza Yousaf and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar during speeches given to delegates.