From 1 March 2018: interactive video talks with Winners of 2017 Palestine Book Awards

Expand your knowledge on Palestine-Israel issues for effective solidarity with the Palestinian people

Starting on 1/3/2018, then throughout 2018,
every first Thursday of the month, 7pm:

Winners of the 2017 Palestine Book Awards
interactive video link
followed by Q&A

Themes:
Palestine-Israel, continuing zionist occupation & dispossession, peaceful, non-violent long-term solutions, …

Two requirements:-
– private or public meeting place with good internet access
– commitment to Palestinian Freedom and Human Rights for All

The Programme:
http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/occupied-west-bank/join-the-programme-of-palestine-talks-during-2018

Join NOW!
Send an e-mail to: mick[@]scottishpsc[.]org.uk

http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk

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Essay by Neve Gordon, “The ‘New Anti-Semitism'” (January 2018)

Dear All

“The ‘New Anti-Semitism'” by Neve Gordon, published on page 18 of LRB – The London Review of Books, discusses the worrying conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. What is even more worrying is that the UK government has adopted this position.

As a small group of people in and near Oban, we of Oban Concern for Palestine advocate HUMAN RIGHTS, and a fair and just peace, FOR ALL.

We reject any form of hatred-mongering and violence against any ethnic group, whoever they may be.

Until the Israeli government fully complies with international treaties and laws, we will continue to argue for, and support, the BDS  movement that calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

Read Neve Gordon’s essay here: 
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n01/neve-gordon/the-new-anti-semitism.

 

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Join PSC at UK Parliament Lobby Day, Wed 22 Nov 2017

Dear All

This is a message of thanks from PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign – and a request to join in the

Lobby Day at Westminster 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 12-6pm.

If you can’t be in London on the day, ask your MP to support the Lobby Day.

See below for more details.

PSC March to Parliament on the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 2 November 2017

 

PSC message, 10/11/2017, 16:15:

Thank you!

Last weekend fifteen thousand of you joined us in marching to Parliament. Now we need your help to take our message into Parliament itself.

On Wednesday 22nd November we will have a national lobby of Parliament to tell our MPs to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements and abuse of Palestinian children.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! You can get involved in a number of ways to make this lobby day a success:

1) JOIN THE LOBBY DAY: ask for a meeting with your MP here.
2) ASK YOUR MP TO SUPPORT THE LOBBY here.

Come to London on Wednesday 22nd and meet with your MP to give a message of solidarity with Palestine. If you can’t come to London, you can still help by asking your MP to support the lobby!

All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. You will also be invited to join the PSC evening event in Parliament (from 18.00 -20.00) where you can hear from experts and politicians about what they are doing for Palestine. Information on the lobby day can be found here.

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Oban’s Apology to the Palestinian people for 100 years of Balfour

OC4P – Oban Concern for Palestine – make a stand of apology to Palestine for 100 years of Balfour-inspired injustice and genocidal human-rights violations:
Oban councillors present and past … and friends travelling through …
… locals …
… older and younger …
… then there was a faint rainbow on the water – let’s take this as a good omen…Read more about the Balfour Declaration here

 

OC4P are grateful to San Ghanny choir, Edinburgh, for inspiring this peaceful vigil, and for posting our Oban photos on

THE BALFOUR APOLOGY WEBSITE

The Balfour Apology website was set up by San Ghanny choir in Edinburgh upon return from their trip to Palestine in April 2017.

It is a direct response to many conversations with Palestinians about the importance of Balfour and the complicity of our nation.

If you’re based in the UK, please join the online Balfour Apology. If our government won’t apologise, then at least we can.

It’s easy to show solidarity with Palestinians:
• Take a photo of yourself with your apology
• Send the photo to sanghanny@gmail.com.

It matters. It really does matter.
It is a small thing we can do.

Other apologies and more information:
https://balfourapology.wordpress.com/

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Oban, Sat 4 Nov 2017: VIGIL OF APOLOGY TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

Dear All

Thursday 2nd November 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
On that day, a fateful declaration was signed by then British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James (later Lord) Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour.

In the name of Justice and Peace
join our VIGIL
 to
Apologise to the
Palestinian People for the Balfour Declaration

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10am-4pm
Station Square, ObanPlease come and join us for an hour or longer
to apologise to Palestine for 100 years of abuse.

Bring a candle in a jar, wear a keffiah, or
drape the Palestinian flag over your shoulders.
If  you can, create a poster like the one above. 

WHY?

On 2nd November, 1917, Arthur Balfour put his signature to a letter addressed to Lord Walter Rothschild. Rothschild was a leader of the British Jewish community. The letter was intended for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The Foreign Minister affirmed the British government’s support for the establishment of a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine at a time when Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. 

Back then, the policy was understandable. This may explain why ‘Prime Minister Theresa May wants British people to feel “pride” in the Balfour Declaration’ (The Independent, 2 March 2017).

However, facts on the ground had been suppressed and Britain’s policy strengthened Zionism. To this day, Britain continues to provide support to the state of Israel and its inhuman, illegal policies which have brought unspeakable misery to Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza.

As a consequence of the Balfour Declaration, Palestinians were robbed of their ancestral land. Tens of thousands perished in the desert. Tens of thousands more were forced into exile.

Most of the around five million Palestinian refugees live in abject conditions in so-called refugee camps around the Middle East, including Gaza. For sixty years and longer, the state of Israel has been depriving Palestinians of their dignity.

In fact, Israel must now be considered an Apartheid state in which Palestinian Israelis – children, women, men – are systematically treated far worse than its Jewish population. The Zionist project is harming everyone involved – yet it continues to enjoy the support of the British government (and others).

For an animated introduction to the above, see Israeli Palestinian conflict explained: an animated introduction (published in Nov.2012) Produced by JVP – Jewish Voice for Peace in the U.S.
Let no-one say we did not know!

In the name of Justice and Peace
join our VIGIL
 Station Square, Oban
Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10am-4pm
to

Apologise to the
Palestinian People
and to let them know that thousands of people in the British Isles
and elsewhere are standing with them.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please get in touch for any further information you may require:

ObanConcern4Palestine[@]gmail.com • 07747 300 062

Please note that by taking part in the vigil, you will be
giving your implicit permission to being photographed
and to your image being disseminated on our
social networking pages (wordpress blog, facebook).

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Ayman Jarjour in Edinburgh, 29 Sep 2017: Classical Guitar and Choral Music fundraiser

Dear All

Friday, 29 September 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
join in an
Evening of Classical Guitar & Choral Music
with
Ayman Jarjour
and
The Choir of St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West
in aid of Palcrafts, a registered Scottish charity,
and its trading arm, Hadeel.

Friday, 29 September 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
St. Andrew’s & St. George-s West Church
13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Tickets: £20, £15 (over 60s/disabled), £10 (under 16s);
Admission includes a light buffet, wine and soft drinks.

Book here or get your tickets at Hadeel, 123 George St., EH2 4JN (Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm); from the Undercroft Café, St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West, EH2 2PA; or at the door.

Classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour hails from Syria. He now lives in Scotland and often gives charity concerts.

The primary aim of Scottish Charity no SC033983 Palcrafts is to reduce poverty ‘by providing a sustainable source of income for artisans and farmers and is mainly done through the trading arm Hadeel. Secondly it aims to raise awareness in the UK of Palestinian issues. Thirdly it gives grants to producer groups. This has included recent grants to update computer equipment and machinery to improve productivity and improve Health & Safety. It also gives advice and assistance on further product development.’

With thanks to Scottish Friends of Palestine for forwarding the information to Oban Concern for Palestine.

 

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Miko Peled in Glasgow, 27 Sept 2017

Dear All

The Scottish Palestinian Forum invites you to a
seminar with MIKO PELED

The renowned Israel-born Peace activist and author will be speaking in Glasgow, at 7:30 pm on Wed. 27 September 2017
Venue:

Blythswood Hall,
Renfield St.Stephen’s Centre,
260 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 4JP

(We understand that a similar event will also be held in Edinburgh on Thursday, 28 September 2017)

The son of a decorated Israeli army general, and himself a one-time proud ISAF member, Miko Peled will share his account of growing up in the heart of Zionist Israel’s military elite.

This thought-provoking seminar will take participants on a journey of tumultuous events that sparked Miko Peled’s transformation into an advocate for Peace and Equal Rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.

Miko Peled’s book, The General’s Son, will be on sale.

 

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