STUC statement on recent violence in Palestine.

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July 2nd 2014

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

"There can be no justification for the kidnap and murder of the three Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel including the fact that the killings took place in the illegally occupied West Bank, STUC has today conveyed our sympathy to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) which is holding a memorial service this evening.

“Equally there can be no justification for the apparent revenge kidnap and killing of teenager Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir yesterday, or for the countless other kidnaps and killings which have taken place in the region and are rarely reported in the mainstream media.

"The STUC is deeply concerned at the call for revenge from elements within the Israeli Government and of the policy of collective punishment, illegal in international law, which can only serve to deepen injustice and exacerbate an already horrific situation.

"The STUC calls on all those in Scotland who have influence in Israel/Palestine to exert pressure against any further escalation of atrocities and pledges to continue to campaign for a just peace based on 1967 borders and compliance with international and humanitarian law."

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