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Gaza solidarity steals the show at Scottish Baftas

CALLS for Palestinian solidarity stole the show at last weekend’s Scottish Baftas ceremony.

Campaigners from Art Workers for Palestine Scotland gathered outside the awards event at a hotel in Glasgow’s Cambridge Street, draping the Palestinian flag on the buildings opposite, as they sought to increase awareness of humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Gaza Strip.

Attendees, who included Scottish stars of stage and screen along with politicians such First Minister Humza Yousaf and his wife Nadia El-Nakla — whose family were trapped in Gaza for weeks after the latest Israeli military operation began — were handed letters from the group asking for their support.

Drawing attention to journalists and media workers who had been killed since the conflict began, the letter read: “We are begging and imploring you to break the silence, to use your platform; to raise your voice. Silence is not a neutral position.”

It appears the letter, which also doubled as a poster proclaiming: “I refuse to be silent — ceasefire now,” was clearly heeded by the winners of the short film and animation award, Ellie Munro and Finlay Pretsell.

The pair were part of the team honoured for their Highland-based observational documentary A Long Winter.

As they took to the stage, producer Mr Pretsell held up the poster while director Ms Munro told the audience: “As film-makers and artists and everyone in this room, you know we’ve got a responsibility to elevate the world’s most important stories and we want to take this opportunity tonight to say that we stand in solidarity with everyone in Palestine.

“So put pressure on institutions and our government and let’s ask for a ceasefire, and everyone use your voice as film-makers and artists.”

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