I joined around four hundred protesters to condemn the recent spiral of violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank, which is continuing to bring untold suffering to innocent people. This spiral of violence that reinforces the insecurity of the Israelis and the humiliation of Palestinians has only lead to further suffering.
The scale of the suffering in Gaza today must be fully and frankly acknowledged. Because the life of a Palestinian child is worth no less than the life of an Israeli child.
The international community must offer immediate support to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza today. But we know that a humanitarian response, while necessary, is not itself sufficient. Ultimately the underlying cause of this latest crisis is the failure over decades to achieve a two state solution for two peoples. So although the urgent priority must be securing a ceasefire, the ultimate goal must be not just an end to the war, but a strategy for building the peace.
That is why I am calling for an end to the terror, the occupation and the seven year blockade.
You can read more information about the protest at http://aberdeentuc.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/fourth-week-of-aberdeen-protest-to-end.html