“Many killings of Palestinian children by Israeli armed forces have been unlawful…and meet the definition of crimes against humanity under international Law” (Amnesty Report, 20 November 2004)
Israeli “crimes against humanity” have long been public, while British Government support for Israel continues despite a popular opinion that is hostile to the Apartheid State and its “crimes against humanity”.
29 December 2015
The challenge is huge; Scottish and UK weapons continue to flow to the Israeli military. As with any other settler-colonial project, extreme violence and a tendency to genocide is built-in to Zionism. The Egyptian dictatorship matches its Israeli ally in brutality, preventing Palestinians from escaping the Gaza concentration zone. Only a united and determined campaign linking and organising across Scotland, the UK and internationally can hope to defeat Israel's genocidal plans. SPSC aims to play its part in building it. Join us in that endeavour.
A recent report in the Herald, On the frontline with the Palestinian Red Crescent, describes Israeli soldiers shooting unarmed demonstrators in Gaza who posed no threat to them. It adds to the public record of calculated Israeli murder of Palestinian children and adults. Cameron and successive UK governments know what they’re doing in supporting Israel; they will continue to do so until they are forced to change by an enraged public opinion that they fear. Real change has always been forced from reluctant rulers - the savage public schoolboys currently running Britain are no exception.
SPSC has been effective at what we do, mainly by focussing our very modest forces on specific targets, e.g. against the Israeli State’s Brand Israel deployment of cultural troupes to whitewash the crimes of its uniformed troops, consistent protests against the racist JNF (Jewish National Fund) in Scotland, or the close-run fight against Israeli settler company Eden Springs that led them to successfully appeal to the Scottish Government for aid to fight off the boycott campaign.
The truth, however, is that we are not strong enough to force an end to Scotland’s and the UK’s supply of the means of murder to the apartheid state. The merchants of death and their bankers are not yet afraid of the public and that needs to change before they will forego the profits they make from the UK-Israel arms trade and the broken Palestinian bodies by the thousand that result.
SPSC faces attacks because we are a significant threat, as our enemies acknowledge. David Cameron threatened BDS campaigners in a speech to a pro-Israel business group in London in October 2012: “We know what you are doing - trying to delegitimise the State of Israel - and we will not have it.” The Tory government now threatens to criminalise local councils that support call for BDS, with some councils in retreat south of the border. Join us to organise voters and council tax payers in a united campaign to support those four Scottish councils still committed to BDS and to win other Councils to support the Palestinian call for BDS, divesting their huge pension funds from companies that help sustain Israel’s occupation. (“Israel is fortunate that the minister now responsible for pensions is Baroness Ros Altmann,” part of whose family lives in Israel.)
SPSC members again face a series of trials in the New Year for peaceful BDS activities.
You can make a difference - join SPSC today in driving the change we need. Our means are exclusively peaceful but whether peaceful or violent a struggle must be a struggle. Join us - here - to deliver solidarity to the Palestinian people.
Founding member of SPSC in 2000
29 December 2015