The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

With re­gard to Glas­gow City Coun­cil de­cid­ing to fly the flag of Pales­tine from City Cham­bers as a ges­ture of sol­i­dar­ity to­wards the Gazan peo­ple, I should like to point out that as a Glaswe­gian, this does not re­flect my view of neu­tral­ity on the cur­rent con­flict, nor re­flect my broader view that Is­rael has the right to ex­ist and the right to self-de­fence, like any other na­tion state.

While Provost Sadie Docherty may claim rais­ing the flag is “a ges­ture of sol­i­dar­ity”, I sug­gest it is ac­tu­ally a po­lit­i­cal state­ment.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil did not raise any flag in sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple of Syria, where thou­sands of civil­ians have been killed in atroc­i­ties there, nor with the peo­ple of the Philip­pines fol­low­ing the ma­jor ty­phoon which struck in late 2013.

I state that Mrs Docherty does not speak for me — in fact, ac­cord­ing to a YouGov poll car­ried out on July 31 and Au­gust 1, she speaks for only 36 per cent of Scots, which is the pro­por­tion who stated that their sym­pa­thies lie more with the Pales­tini­ans in that par­tic­u­lar poll.

What about the rest of us and our views?

Our pub­lic build­ings should not be used to pro­mote points of view ex­cept for those which are uni­ver­sally held i.e. fly­ing the Saltire is ac­cept­able, be­cause it is uni­ver­sally ac­cepted Glas­gow is part of Scot­land.

But nowhere in Glas­gow is it uni­ver­sally ac­cepted that the city should “en­dorse” the Gazan peo­ple, nor the govern­ment they elect to rep­re­sent them.

The very or­gan­i­sa­tion which has just ran a very suc­cess­ful, uni­fy­ing, Com­mon­wealth Games, has no busi­ness tak­ing stances in the Pales­tinian con­flict, which could fur­ther in­flame divi­sion in my city and could lead to an­tisemitic hate crimes as it has done else­where, in­clud­ing on the Con­ti­nent. An­drew Mor­ri­son Stan­more Road Glas­gow G42

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