Sadly, Israel is not a ‘normal’ state – Scottish government should cease interactions

Scottish Friends of Palestine write that the following has been sent to all MSPs: 

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It is now one month since Scottish Friends of Palestine, in collaboration with the EIS, held its Seminar on the treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli justice system. 

Scottish Friends of Palestine regard the treatment of Palestinian children, whether in the Gaza Strip (where children are killed with impunity by Israel) or the West Bank, as a barometer with regard to the civilised nature, or otherwise, of the Israeli state. In this context it is worth noting the comment of Mark Regev, spokesman for the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu:
The test of a democracy is how you treat people incarcerated,
people in jail, and especially so with minors

(The Guardian 22/01/12)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We are conscious that with international affairs/relations yet to be devolved there is a limit on Scotland’s interaction with other world states. However, there is interaction including, unfortunately, with the state of Israel. To date there are indications that the current Scottish Government, in common with its predecessors, regards Israel as a normal state, a normal democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

We draw your attention to the following information from Gerard Horton of Defence for Children International. Gerard spoke at our recent Seminar. In future we will use his updates to assist your assessment of Israel’s barometer. Should you be unfortunate in coming across an Israeli diplomat we would urge you to use this information to question the nature and direction of the Israeli state. 

Hugh Humphries
Secretary, Scottish Friends of Palestine
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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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2 Responses to Sadly, Israel is not a ‘normal’ state – Scottish government should cease interactions

  1. Dear Hugh, I am grateful for this. It seems to me a helpful approach. I could add some personal notes from listening to stories in Silwan, Jerusalem and amongst some of the Bedouin east of the city while I was based in Jerusalem with EAPPI this summer. I’m in North East England, so your particular thrust is a bit distant (though I have close family and friendship links across the border).

    I would like to see the “following information”, which I couldn’t find. Have I lost a link or something?

    Jonathan Adams

    • Hi Jonathan
      Sorry, your message ended up in the wrong place. Kindly e-mail Hugh directly: Info AT scottish-friends-of-palestine.org – please hand copy/paste the address, replacing AT by @.
      Apologies for late response.
      MPJ at Oban Concern for Palestine.

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