Swastikas are being daubed on walls all over Scotland. All over social media we are reading words of hatred; words like “Nazis” and “Brown Shirts,” evoking the disgusting memory of the European Fascism of the 1930s and 40s. Once again the symbols of fear and intolerance are being used in Scotland to intimidate Scottish people in the days before an election. These are not the symbols of the Scottish Independence Movement. No, they are being painted on the walls and cast out over social media by the very people who raised the “Red Hand of Ulster” salute in Freedom Square last September, by those who see immigration as a reason to exit the European Union, and by those who take pride in the fact that there ain’t no black in the Union Jack.
Scotsman (@TheScotsman) April 30, 2015
Without irony these people are working to create an association between these horrid symbols and the desire of the Scottish people for better representation at Westminster and an eventual separation from a union that has so impoverished us. It was Westminster – led by the Labour Party – that fabricated reasons to take our young people into an illegal invasion of Iraq where now, as a result, more than one million innocent people have died.
Scott (@SDF1872) April 28, 2015
Yet it is the Independence Movement, the same movement that has consistently advocated the rights of all Scottish people regardless of race or creed, that has stocked up Foodbanks to feed the thousands of hungry families that Labour and Tory governments have impoverished, and decried the ceaseless warmongering of Westminster and the presence of its nuclear weapons in Scotland, that is called “Nazi.” Union flag waving thugs assault young women in Glasgow for the crime of defending our saltire, and the victims are the fascists? An elderly man in Edinburgh is punched by men chanting the “Better Together” mantra for saying Yes to being Scottish, and he is the Nazi?
Labour and Conservative governments at Westminster have lent unconditional support to the State of Israel, even when that support led to the wholesale slaughter of Palestinian children in Gaza. With our tax money Westminster has fuelled the ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people in the cause of Israeli Nationalism – and they call us the Nazis! When we bring this inconvenient truth up we are told that Palestine has nothing to do with Scotland; it’s not what we’re about. If this were true we could all say that Westminster’s Islamophobic paranoia, the super-max security in our ports and airports, and the London bombings have nothing to do with Britain’s unconditional support of the violence against the Palestinian Nation.
Jim Murphy has been a career Friend of Israel – supporting the brutal violence of a racist Apartheid state towards a powerless nation – while remaining an ideological opponent of his own nation’s desire for self-rule. His political support of Israel’s nationalism has cost lives. He has blood on his hands, and there is the difference – we don’t. Nationalism in Scotland is not about the displacement and victimisation of people from their homeland. It is about Scots having control over their own lives and destinies in their own land. Murphy’s British Nationalism, on the other hand, has spent centuries controlling the lives and destinies of people in other lands, and it is this that Scottish nationalism rejects.
Jason Michael, Ayrshire