Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacMillan has welcomed the award of a £10,000 donation by the council to the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee which is working to support communities affected by the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.

Councillors approved the donation at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council on Thursday 15th August 2014.

In addition, councillors backed a proposal that the Council Leader write to the Prime Minister urging greater diplomatic efforts to support a lasting peace deal between Israel and Palestine, and supporting the call for an arms embargo against Israel.

“I am delighted that the overwhelming majority of councillors supported the twin themes of our approach – supporting the immediate humanitarian priorities and also working to create the conditions for an enduring peace.

“It is vital that aid is made available to communities devastated by conflict. The UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee brings together leading charities and does outstanding work in very difficult conditions.

“We have all been moved by the terrible scenes from Gaza and I am proud that Renfrewshire is doing its part to show compassion and practical support to people enduring this ongoing tragedy.

“I will also be writing, with the council’s backing, to David Cameron urging the UK to step up diplomatic efforts which will lay the conditions for a lasting and just peace in the region.”