The U.K. government is actively complicit in genocide in Gaza. Indeed, with its supply of weapons to Israel, provision of communications intelligence and aerial surveillance and participation of U.K. special services, I would argue it is more than complicit.
The U.K. government is a part of committing genocide in Gaza. This is vile to many people in the U.K., but it is especially anathema to a large majority of people in Scotland.
A Nov. 2 YouGov survey shows that a strong Scottish majority say that their sympathies lie on the Palestinian side, whereas both in England and in Wales majority support is on the Israeli side by a small margin.
Furthermore, this survey attempts to measure strength of feeling, and Scottish support for Palestine is the most strongly held opinion in any constituent part of the U.K. on any side of the question, by a wide margin, with 43 percent of Palestinian-sympathising Scots holding that view “a great deal.”
An earlier YouGov survey on Oct. 24 gave the same result, with Scotland being the only U.K. nation with majority Palestinian support.
Across the U.K. as whole, there is a massive difference in age group, with support for Palestine very high among young people, who sympathise with Palestine by 46 percent to just 9 percent for Israel. Support for Israel is highest amongst over 65s, by 30 percent to 10 percent. I suspect it is related both to closeness of birth to World War II, and to propensity to use mainstream media for news.
I would stress that none of this is new: polls have always shown much higher support for Palestine in Scotland than in England. The same is also true of Ireland, and I have no doubt that in both Scotland and Ireland this instinctive support for the Palestinians is in part related to folk memory of dispossession from the land and colonial occupation.
It is important to remember that the extraordinary rise of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and support for Scottish independence in the first decades of this century was, in part, fuelled by revulsion at the heavy U.K. involvement in the attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Those imperialist wars resulted in millions of dead and maimed and tens of millions of displaced, and the complete destruction of infrastructure in those countries.
The urge to be free from a state that continually engaged in aggressive war motivated a great many Scots to support independence. It can do so again now over U.K. support for genocide in Gaza. Tony Blair’s rampant neo-imperialism also did much to break Scotland’s support for the Labour Party. We might now realistically hope for a similar reaction to Keir Starmer’s Zionism.
That revulsion is now felt again. Every citizen of the U.K. is tainted by the support of the British state for genocide.
We all bear a drop of responsibility for each drop of child’s blood spilt in Gaza.
Because like it or not, the U.K. government represents us. The military support it gives to Israel is paid for with our taxes. None of us did enough to prevent being ruled by callous enablers of murder. There are degrees of complicity, but everybody is tainted.