Minister urges the UK to introduce arms embargo to Israel


External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf urged the UK government to introduce an immediate arms embargo to Israel, on 5 August 2014.

Mrr Yousaf said an embargo should be put in place until it can be determined if weapons from the UK have been used in any atrocities which breach international law.

He told MSPs at Holyrood: "We cannot, should not and must not stand idly by while innocent civilians are being killed.

"I am today on behalf of the Scottish government calling for an immediate arms embargo to Israel.

"The UN has said that there is a strong possibility that international law has been violated.

"It is imperative we decipher whether or not UK arms have been used in any violation of international law and until that has been confirmed the UK must implement a complete arms embargo to Israel."

The minister was responding to a question from SNP MSP Sandra White.

Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor asked the minister if he agreed that "the reports from the UN itself about terrorists in Gaza using UN schools as hideouts and weapons stores are deeply concerning?".

Mr McGrigor expressed "deepest concern about Hamas's explicit explicit commitment to the destruction of Israel as stated in its founding charter".

He also asked if Mr Yousaf agreed it was essential to continue working towards the two-state solution.

The minister reaffirmed the Scottish government's commitment to the two-state solution but stressed "action towards that must be immediate".

Mr Yousaf also condemned Hamas's objectives.

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