Boycott israHell!

Boycott israHell!
Бойкот на израел и печелещите от окупацията! Boycott israHell and those who profit from occupation!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Scottish Committee for Solidarity with the Arab Revolutions

Last week, representatives of Scotland’s Arab Communities called a demonstration in support of the ongoing revolution in the Arab world. The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC), and Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition agreed to support the demo.

The demonstration assembles at The Mound in Edinburgh, at 1:30pm on Sat 5th March. (Mound Precinct: map here).

On Monday 28th Feb, at an SPSC public meeting on the Arab revolutions, with speakers from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Palestine, it was agreed that representatives of Scotland’s Arab Communities, along with solidarity groups, set up the Scottish Committee for Solidarity with the Arab Revolutions (SCSAR).

SCSAR had its first meeting on Wed 2nd March 2011, and will meet again on Thursday 10th March. SCSAR seeks further affiliations from the Arab Communities and solidarity groups. Please send your queries to (the SCSAR website and email account will be available soon).
It was understood that a co-ordinated campaign of solidarity was required if the Arab revolutions were not to be stifled by the West; the fact that David Cameron felt able to tour the Middle East with an entourage of arms traders demonstrates that there is currently not enough pressure on him to act ethically.

SCSAR has five main demands:
1. Support for all the Arab revolutions against dictatorship
2. No foreign intervention
3. No arms sales to dictatorships
4. Return the looted billions
5. Freedom for Palestine

Its first act is to organise the 5th March demonstration.
Please download the posters/ flyers, and distribute widely.

Posters and flyers are being hosted on the SPSC website; SCSAR website ( and email account is being set up, and should be ready by Saturday:
5 Mar demo FLYER side1
5 Mar demo FLYER side2
5 Mar demo POSTER
Download from here:

Stalls to publicise Saturday’s demo.Thursday and Friday: 5pm to 6.30pm at the Mound: Please come along to help out.
On Saturday, please arrive at 1pm to help set up.

Israeli Apartheid WeekThe following events are part of Israeli Apartheid Week
International Women's Day 8 March in Edinburgh, @ 7pmEdinburgh University, Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3
Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine & Scottish PSC Edinburgh
9 March in Glasgow, @ 7.30pm
STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG
Scottish PSC Glasgow

Rafeef Ziadah, Palestinian refugee, spoken word artist and activist.
Rafeef is on the international coordinating committee of Israeli Apartheid Week and has spoken at international conferences on behalf of the Palestinian civil society National Committee for the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel.

Stop the Wall grassroots activist from Palestine by telephone conference.

Terry McLaughlin a Palestine Solidarity Activist speaking about the "Resisting War Crimes is Not a Crime" action by Derry women which resulted in the closure of the Derry headquarters of US missile manufacturer Raytheon.

The meetings will be chaired by Vanesa Fuertes, one of the "SPSC 5" who saw off absurd charges of racially-aggravated behaviour following their disruption of a performance by Israeli state-sponsored musicians, The Jerusalem Quartet.

Full details here:

Tayside for Justice in Palestine – DAY-SCHOOL: 'UNDERSTANDING PALESTINE'13 March
in association with Action Palestine and Scottish PSC Dundee
11.00am – 5.00pm, Baxter Suite, Room 1.36, University Tower Building, Dundee

A chance to learn about the background to the current situation with:
Gilbert Achcar Professor at SOAS in London and author, most recently, of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives - on the geopolitical background
Roland Rance from Jews Against Zionism - on the history and development of Zionism
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad editor of the webzine PULSE - on the role of propaganda

Tickets £8 or £5 (student or unwaged) on the door, £6 or £4 if pay in advance (price includes lunch)
To book a place please buy tickets from Dundee Student Union Reception or send a cheque made out to
Dundee Coalition for Justice not War, to Sarah Glynn, 5B Castle Terrace, Broughty Ferry, DD5 2EG
all welcome – no prior knowledge required

My Father was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold StoryTalk and book launch with Ramzy Baroud 21 March 7.30pm Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill
Scottish PSC Dundee

"This Book is both a loving tribute to the authors father and the struggle and pain of Palestine seen through the witness and insights of two generations.Together they beckon freedom."-John Pilger.

Event is free and all welcome.

Dumfries Palestine Film FestivalScottish PSC SW Scotland Branch has organised a programme of Palestinian films to be shown in the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in March 2011.

Friday, 15th March, 7.30pm "Salt of the Sea"
Saturday, 19th March, 11am "Occupation 101", followed by Middle Eastern lunch and discussion.
Saturday, 19th March, 7.30pm "Pomegranates and Myrrh"
Sunday, 20th March, 6pm "The Time That Remains"
Tickets are available at the Burns Centre website or on 01387 264 808.
Contact SPSC Southwest Scotland branch:

'Boycott Israel Conference: Will Scotland Lead The Way?' 19 March, 10am-5pm
Renfield St Stephen's Church Centre, Bath Street Glasgow
Organised by Scottish Friends of Palestine
2011 is the year of election to the Scottish Parliament.
Can those parties vying to form the next Scottish government be persuaded of the case for action against the state of Israel?  Will Scotland be the first country to announce a boycott of Israel?  In this election year, we must make it known, loud and clear, all of us who support the rights of the Palestinian people, that we are not prepared to see our taxes spent supporting trade with Israel.
Israel's commercial, academic, sporting and cultural relations with other nations provide the state with a veneer of respectability, while it boycotts the rights and the livelihoods of the Palestinian people. The state of Israel must be boycotted.
The speakers at our conference will present the arguments for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions. Please show your support by participating, joining the debate, and spreading the word.
Book now Entry is by donation (£10 recommended for the waged)
By Cheque please contact for details

· Ali Abunimah Palestinian journalist, author (latest book: One country: a bold proposal to end the Israeli-Palestinian impasse ) co-founder and executive director of Electronic Intifada
· Ramzy Baroud Palestinian journalist, author (latest book: My father was a Freedom Fighter)and former Al Jazeera producer
· David Cronin journalist, author (latest book Europe's Alliance with Israel: aiding the occupation) and Brussels correspondent of Inter Press Service news agency
· Mary Senior officer for UCU Scotland (formerly Asst Gen Sec STUC)
· Barrie Levine Scottish Jews for a Just Peace
· Pauline McNeill MSP· Hugh O'Donnell MSP· Sandra White MSP

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