Scottish Friends of Palestine condemns the recent action of the Israeli government in authorising the raid on Al-Quds Educational TV in al-Bireh and the theft of their transmitter. This facility is part of the Institute of Modern Media of Al Quds University. Many of its programmes, such as Sesame Street, are directed at children, it broadcasts lectures and produces public awareness films. Now in its 15th year, it receives funding from a variety of sources including US Government funding.
Scottish Friends of Palestine also expresses grave concern at the inaction and totally mute response from Israeli academic institutions to this attack on Palestinian academic freedom, frreedom of expression, freedom to the right of education. This is happening on their doorstep yet the same institutions and academics who proclaim the greatness of the state, the wisdom of its institutions all remain silent. And this silence speaks volumes with regard to the hypocrisy of the same individuals and institutions who cry foul when the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign dare suggest that Israeli academia is a legitimate target.
Or could it be that Sesame Street, its wider agenda of educating Palestinian children, is now regarded as a threat to the security of the state of Israel?
Hugh Humphries, Sec
(0141 637 8046) – 7March2012
Scottish Friends of Palestine was formed in 1982 in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the subsequent attacks on the Palestinian refugee communities. SFoP campaigns for immediate and unconditional Israeli withdrawal from all territories illegally occupied, including East Jerusalem. We work for educational, social and cultural links between the Scottish and Palestinian peoples. We argue for the right of the return, the right to restitution and compensation for the Palestinian people.
Scottish Friends of Palestine is a firm advocate of the total boycott of all Israeli institutions, academic and cultural bodies and Israeli products – until as such times that the Israeli state ceases to boycott the rights of the Palestinian people, and international law as it applies to the Palestinian people. Visit www.easi–piesi.org to find out what you can do.