SSP Marches for a Free Gaza

Photo by Eddie Truman

SSP members from across Scotland joined 5,000 others in Edinburgh today to march along Princes Street against the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the brutal enforcement that was brought to the world’s attention last Monday when 57 peace activists were shot,  9 of whom lost their lives (5 were shot in the back or the back of the head).  The march made stops at the American consulate, Alex Salmond’s residence, and Marks and Spencers (a key target of the boycott campaign), in order to put pressure on the international community to finally take action.

The blockade of Gaza, illegal under international law, has cut the amount of humanitarian aid getting into the area by 75% and destroyed the local economy — especially farming.  This in turn has left most Gazans dependent on international aid and nine out of ten living below the poverty line of $1 a day.  The UN has called the blockade ‘medieval’, and found that only a third of the aid necessary to feed the population is allowed in.

Among the ‘dangerous’ products banned from entering Gaza are fabric, dried fruit, and any construction materials, meaning that the homes, hospitals and schools destroyed by Israeli bombing cannot be rebuilt.

You can see SSP National Co-Spokesperson Colin Fox’s statement by clicking here.