Scottish Friends of Palestine condemn Israel authorised raid on Al-Quds Educational TV

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.easipiesi.org to find out what you can do.
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About Oban Concern for Palestine

. . . supporting people in Palestine and Israel who oppose the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Oban Concern for Palestine are a group of Argyll residents who share an interest in Palestine, a friendship with its people and a deep concern for their welfare. And, for the sake of Israel, we want to encourage the government of Israel to comply with international law. Oban Concern for Palestine believe that the oppression of the Palestinian people is a grave wrong, that the government of Israel is in violation of international law, and that we have a duty to speak up and do what we can to bring it to an end. We welcome new members and supporters. For more information, please contact obanconcern4palestine AT gmail DOT com • +44 7747 300 062 • Oban Concern for Palestine, c/o Stronchriach, Rowan Road, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5TY, UK
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