Edinburgh SPSC Branch Newsletter : July 2014
Here are more details and links below for your information on how you can help and how you can get involved locally with the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Join us in our work on the streets of Edinburgh, come to our meetings, join our discussions.
Here's what you can do ......
Last month we had a surprise event with a 'flash-mob' style demo inside the Craigleith store of Sainsburys
Watch the video on Facebook
This month it's back to normal and we will be holding our regular stalls outside several Sainsbury's stores this Saturday
5th July. We're collecting more signatures for letters to their management asking them not to trade with companies that are involved in Israel's illegal occupation and violations of international law and human rights.
Information below is correct at time of going to press but please phone the contact for the stall you are thinking of joining to confirm the times of the stall.
Portobello : 12pm to 2pm
228 High Street
Contact: Margaret 07733 336 476
Newington : 12pm to 2pm
33-39 South Clerk Street, Newington.
Contact: Douglas 07724 875 829
Fountainbridge: 12pm to 2pm
Dundee Street, Fountainbridge.
Contact: Janet 07562 799 926
Bruntsfield: 12pm to 2pm
Leith: 12pm to 2pm
Contact: Angus 07702 408 815
Meadows : 12pm to 2pm
Middle Meadow Walk
Contact: Ian 07935 224 394
Contact: Frank 07847 440 692
Wednesday 9th July : Stop the Wall 2014
On July 9th it will be a decade since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion entitled 'Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory'
This declared the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank illegal under international law. The Court was clear: it demanded the Wall to be torn down, sanctioned Palestinian rights and called upon the international community to enforce Israeli compliance.
Read more here Stop the Wall
Monday 14th July : Visit of Archbishop Atallah Hanna to Scotland
Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, will be touring Scotland from 14th to 20th July. He is a passionate champion of Palestinian rights (see him speak, for example, on the Palestinian Right of Return
Events in Edinburgh include his arrival at Edinburgh Airport at 2135 on Monday 14th July and we will be organizing a reception party to welcome him. He will also be giving a sermon (at a location to be determined) on Sunday 20th July.
During his tour he will also be visiting Stirling, Dundee and Glasgow; meeting representatives of the Scottish Government, local authorities that have adopted BDS(boycott, divestment and sanctions), leaders of Christian churches and other faiths, Palestinian groups; and addressing public meetings.
More information here: Archbishop Hanna's visit to Scotland
Thursday 24th July - 7.30pm: Divestment Meeting
Our monthly meetings on promoting divestment from Israel continue. The next is on Thursday 24th July at 7:30pm.
We will have chosen to open discussions with the Lothian Pension Fund which provides pensions for retired members of staff of local authorities in East Scotland and other public bodies.
They have investments in the likes of Veolia, G4S, Hewlett Packard and other companies complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory including companies that provide cement for the Apartheid Wall.
We meet as normal in St John's Church on the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street (enter by Princes St door).
Open Letter to Humza Yousaf - Please give your endorsement
In conjunction with 'Friends of Al-Aqsa' and 'Palestinians in Scotland' we have written an open letter to Humza Yousaf, the Minister for External Affairs.
We call on the Scottish Government to make a clear and unambiguous statement condemning Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the people of Palestine.
We are also 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.
Add your name to the letter here. Open Letter to Humzah Yousaf
Make sure you read regular updates from the local branch here in Edinburgh. Join our Facebook page.
And bookmark the SPSC website. There will be more detailed information published regularly on our calendar of events plus new articles about Palestine and Israel. www.scottishpsc.org.uk
“you can’t have normal relationships if you believe another country has been involved in what Israel has been involved in”