Edinburgh SPSC Branch Newsletter : March 2014

Scarlett Johanssen has recently given an inadvertent boost to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. 

Her decision to choose profit over principle and dump Oxfam for Israeli settler company Soda Stream changed her overnight from an ambassador for a humanitarian charity to become the Hollywood face of Apartheid.

The controversy reached the mainstream media and raised the profile of the worldwide BDS campaign in the eyes of the public in the UK. Articles appeared in newspapers such as the Financial Times and questions were asked on Channel 4 news.

You can join the BDS movement, join us here at the Edinburgh branch of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

We begin in March with our campaigning at Sainsburys.

And this month we have a special 3 for 1 deal!


Saturday 1st March - 1.00pm : Sainsbury’s Rose Street - Open Shuhada Street    

The beginning of March marks the mid-point of the national 'Fair Trade Fortnight' and as a one-off event we will have a big presence outside of the Sainsburys store on East Rose St, next to St Andrews Square. Meet with us there this Saturday 1st March at 1pm.

Also there will be the San Ghanny group who are publicising the 'Open Shuhadah Street' action in support of the Palestinians in Hebron. There will be music and verse and a few other interesting activities going on.

Join us for this fantastic event. 1pm-3pm

Thursday 6th March - 7.30pm: Branch monthly meeting.

Come to our regular branch meeting this month. Meet with the members and help us plan for upcoming events and campaigns or come along just to take part in discussions about Palestine. 

All are welcome. 

It's at the usual time of 7.30pm on Thursday 6th March at the St John’s Church on the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street (enter by Princes St door).

Saturday 8th March : Sainsburys STOP! Campaign

We will back at Sainsburys for our normal monthly visits on Saturday 8th March outside their stores all around the city. This marks the end of Fair Trade Fortnight.

But our fight will continue to persuade Sainsburys to end trading with companies complicit in the occupation of Palestinian land.

We will be collecting signatures from customers and public at these locations. Join with us. Contact us now!

Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
33-39 South Clerk Street, Newington.
Contact: Douglas 07724 875 829

Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Dundee Street, Fountainbridge.
Contact: Janet 07562 799 926

Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Bruntsfield Place, Bruntsfield.
Contact: Tom 07804 889 449

Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Bernard Street, Leith
Contact: Torcuil 07809 297 599

West Port
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
West Port, Grassmarket
Contact: Frank 07849 440 692

Saturday 15th March : Sainsbury’s - Opening of new store in Marchmont.

We will be having yet another presence outside Sainsburys this month. But this time to make a protest when they open their new store in Marchmont.

We want to publicise the BDS movement and make the public aware of the STOP! campaign. 

The time is still to be confirmed but it will be on Saturday 15th March at the new Sainsbury’s in Marchmont Road just south of the Meadows.
More details to follow.

Thursday 20th March - 7.30pm: Monthly Divestment Meeting

Our monthly meetings on promoting divestment from Israel continue. The next is on Thursday 20th February at 7:30pm. 

We will discuss how we can persuade organisations like Lothian Pension Fund to end any investment in complicit companies. According to 'Corporate Watch'  this fund may have over £300 million invested in companies linked with the occupation

We meet as normal in St John's Church on the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street (enter by Princes St door).

Tuesday 1st April - 7.30pm : Israeli Ethnic Cleansing: A case study

A presentation by Ron Taylor on Israeli ethnic cleansing followed by a discussion. This event is open to all and takes place on Tuesday 1st April at 7.30pm.

The venue is  at St John’s Church  on the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street (enter by main church door).


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else is going on in Edinburgh.

And keep yourself updated with the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign website for more news and articles about the Palestinian cause.
You can also become a member by joining online at our website.

Best wishes 

Edinburgh SPSC 

“Oxfam believes that businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support.” (Oxfam statemen

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