The protection and safety of civilians, and above all children, in conflict zones is a matter which the SNP takes very seriously. During this Parliament, we have consistently pressed the UK Government and others to meet their legal obligations under International Humanitarian Law and indeed their moral obligations in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and indeed Israel and Palestine.
We are proud to represent so many people in Scotland who care deeply about the peoples of the Middle East and the injustices and hardships they face every day, and the actions of Celtic fans were a hugely positive example of that.
We condemn absolutely any form of attack on civilians and the SNP have repeatedly called on the UK Government to use its influence to help to revitalise the peace process, break through the political deadlock and bring an end to the conflict. Furthermore, the SNP have engaged directly with the Israeli and indeed the Palestinian authorities, most notably through a number of visits made by SNP MPs to Israel and Palestine. Most recently, SNP Depute Leader Angus Robertson MP led an SNP delegation there in early November and held a series of meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, with international peacekeepers and with local civil society.
The SNP and the Scottish Government have consistently condemned obstacles to progress in the peace process, such as the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel or the continued expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied territories. This position was firmly and clearly reiterated during the meetings held by Angus Robertson and his delegation. As Angus Robertson outlined in The Herald on 3 November, one of the main objectives of the visit was to explore how Scotland can offer help and assistance with the peace process – and indeed related economic and social challenges – and the delegation learned much to support that objective going forward.
We support the European Union position of a two-state solution. We firmly encourage Israel and Palestine to reach a sustainable, negotiated settlement under international law, based on mutual recognition and the determination to coexist peacefully.