Oban Concern for Palestine: update re Boycott Motion to Argyll & Bute Council

Dear All

Screen Shot from Jon Pullman Children in Chains

Those of you who were able to attend the screening of Jon Pullman’s “Children in Chains” at Oban Phoenix community cinema on the evening of Thursday, 27 January 2014, will agree that it is very well conceived and most informative.

The event was greatly enhanced by the preceding conversation between director Jon Pullman and Oban Concern for Palestine member Jan S.P., who has spent extended periods of time in Palestine/Israel as an EAPPI Peace Accompanier on more than one occasion. The discussion after the screening was most enlightening as well. We are very grateful to Jon for making the journey, and to Oban Phoenix for going 50:50 on any proceeds. Our part will go to the Palestinian cause.

Watch this space for any actions Oban Concern for Palestine decide to take to (try and) improve the situation of Palestinian children in the Israeli prison system.
If you have an effective idea, please get in touch.

If you know of a group who would be interested in watching Jon Pullman’s documentary, please contact
Jon at jonpullman @yahoo .co .uk

At the January meeting of Oban Concern for Palestine, it was agreed that we should approach any councillors who might attend the screening, asking them whether they would be willing to propose a motion oppposing apartheid in Palestine and calling for Argyll & Bute Council to boycott any goods produced in occupied Palestinian lands. The wording is similar to motions already passed by Clackmannanshire, West Dunbartonshire and Striling councils.

As no councillors were able to attend the screening, Oban Concern for Palestine member Jim S. arranged a meeting yesterday Friday afternoon with Councillor Roddy McCuish, who had indicated that he was in favour of the wording of the motion and has offered to discuss the proposed motion with councillors he thinks might be favourable. The point of this is to get the motion forwarded in the near future.

Cllr McCuish and Jim S. agreed to discuss any progress in two weeks’ time.
Watch this space for updates.

Please consult the wording of passed motions by clicking here.

We have a right to global peace, and the journey there will only be achieved by supporting human rights and the rule of law. If we continue to profit from those who perpetually flaunt these, then the future for all of us, and our children, is grim indeed.
(Gus Robbie, occupational health practitioner and member of Forth Valley Branch of SPSC)

With kind regards on behalf of Jim S. and
Oban Concern for Palestine


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 Oban Concern for Palestine: update re Boycott Motion to Argyll & Bute Council

  1. Liam Griffin says:

    for the record, Councillor Louise Glen Lee arrived some ten minutes after the film started, stayed about ten minutes and then left. She was seated directly in front of me. Liam Griffin

    • Thank you, Liam, for setting the record straight on Cllr Louise Glen-Lee’s presence at the event. It is much appreciated and we’re hoping she will second Cllr McCuish’s taking our petition into Argyll & Bute Council.

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