The whole of Palestinian history is punctuated by Zionist mass killings. The current one will not be Israel’s last massacre, for Israel insists on the right to starve and attack the people of Gaza without retaliation. Israel carried out 160 airstrikes in Gaza overnight, killing dozens, causing huge damage.Yesterday, 9th July 2014, was the 10th anniversary of the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, that Israel’s Apartheid Wall is illegal.
Exactly a year later, after our governments rewarded Israel for its criminality, Palestinians issued their call for BDS – Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions
– to force Israel to comply with international law.
What can WE do to make sure that the victims do not die or suffer in vain?
1. Join one of the following protest rallyes on 12th July, 2014:
2. Come together on Monday, 14th July, 2014:
Join the mass welcome for Palestinian Archbishop Atallah Hanna (Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna of Sebastia)
when he flies in from Palestine to Scotland on Monday 14 July – Edinburgh Airport International Arrivals, 9pm.
Palestinians in Scotland will welcome Atallah Hanna with flowers; SPSC
members will carry this banner:
Bring flags, banners, …
Followed by a motorcade to escort Atallah Hanna to his lodgings in Marchmont, Edinburgh. (If you come by bus SPSC will try to find a spare seat in the cavalcade).
3. Come together on 16th, 19th, 20th July, 2014
Build support, come to the events (see list below) at which Atallah Hanna will explain why he told an audience in New York,
“The Palestinian people has not known one day of sectarianism. Before I came here I went on a visit to the village of Al Birweh. And I led prayers over the ruins of its church and mosque, and we raised the Palestinian flag and we announced that the people of Al Birweh and all the villages that were dispossessed of their people in 1948 must return, and we will not accept any peace without the return of all Palestinians to their homeland and homes.”
Campaign materials will be available at all these events – let’s take boycott to the next level.
PUBLIC MEETINGS involving Archbishop Atallah Hanna:
Wednesday 16th July, 7.30pm, Marryat Hall, City Square, DD1 3BB
Saturday 19th July, 5pm, Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, G2 4HZ
Sunday 20th July, 5pm, Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL
During his stay, Archbishop Atallah Hanna will also be meeting with
– Scottish Christian leaders hosted by Church of Scotland;
– Palestinians in Scotland, St John’s Church Hall, Princes Street/Lothian Rd, Edinburgh (in Arabic);
– Scottish Imams in Glasgow.
4. YOU can help:
– by attending the Edinburgh Airport welcome
– by spreading the word: send an e-mail to secretary @scottishpsc .org .uk asking for some tour leaflets; then deliver them to your local kirk, church, mosque, …;
– spread the word by posting this informaition on your own facebook page;
– collect signatures from friends, family, colleagues to the Open Letter*) to Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Minister of External Affairs. It condemns his whitewashing of Israeli apartheid, his opposition to solidarity with the State of Palestine in the form of BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – and aligning the Scottish government with Westminster policies on the Middle East.
*) OPEN LETTER TO:
Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development,
“We, the undersigned, many of us supporters of Scottish independence, are very concerned and disappointed by Scottish Minister of External Affairs, Humza Yousaf’s statement on May 13th, 2014, that the Scottish Government opposes the call from Palestine for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel to compel it to recognise Palestinian human rights under international law. We deplore the abandonment of the position stated by First Minister Alex Salmond (25.3.2010), ‘You can’t have normal relationships if you believe another country has been involved in what Israel has been involved in’.”Since then, Israel has accelerated its ethnic cleansing efforts from Jerusalem to the Negev. A ministerial statement that the Scottish Government’s ‘position on the Middle East doesn’t vary much from the UK government’ dangerously implicates all Scots and residents of Scotland in the UK Government’s serial aggressive wars and its military, political and economic alliance with the ethnic-cleansing regime in Tel Aviv.”The UK Government refuses to comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Israel’s illegal wall; sells drone parts to Israel to enforce its illegal occupation through targeted assassination; refused to support Palestine’s successful application to upgrade its diplomatic status at the UN or even to be admitted to UNESCO. The UK Government supports Tony Blair as ‘peace envoy’ to the Middle East. The invasion and devastation of Iraq make more dangerous the Scottish Government taking a ‘position on the Middle East [that] doesn’t vary much from the UK government’.
“The UK government’s policy in the Middle East continues to raise considerable concern about issues of fairness and justice. We feel that the Scottish Government needs to make it clear it stands with justice and human rights, reflecting the real feeling of the people of Scotland.
“Humanitarian aid can never compensate for complicity in, let alone silence in the face of atrocious crimes against a people being violently occupied and dispossessed. In fact, it can often be a cover for such complicity or silence.
“We call on the Scottish Government to make a clear and unambiguous statement condemning Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the people of Palestine, calling for the dismantling of the Apartheid Wall in line with the ICJ decision, and reaffirming FM Alex Salmond’s 2010 call for an end to business as usual with the State of Israel while it commits serious war crimes and, in the words of the UN Goldstone Commission, possible crimes against humanity.”