Join us this Saturday on the May Day March and Rally, plus take part in the Sainsburys campaign. Come to our branch meeting this Thursday to find out more.

Edinburgh SPSC Branch Newsletter : May 2014

Welcome to this late-spring newsletter from the Edinburgh branch of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

We have a very busy start to the month upcoming with important events both new and ongoing in our campaigns to support the rights and freedom of the people of Palestine.

Here are more details and links below for your information on how you can help and how you can get involved. Join us in our work on the streets of Edinburgh, come to our meetings, join our discussions. 

Even if it's only for an occasional hour or so, everybody can help.


Thursday 1st May at 7.30pm : Edinburgh Branch Meeting

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

The agenda includes planning for the visit to Scotland in July of Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sebastia and a member of the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Palestine (see video)

We are also planning trips to protest at the AGMs of both G4S and the Wood Group as well as planning the local events listed below.
All welcome. 

It's at the usual time of 7.30pm on Thursday 1st May at the St John’s Church Centre in Princes St.

Saturday 3rd May : Edinburgh and Lothians May Day March and Rally

The annual Edinburgh and Lothians May Day March and Rally takes place this Saturday 3rd May.

Help out with the Scottish PSC stall at this major event to speak with the public and to give out leaflets. We will be taking part in the parade which assembles at 11.30am in Johnston Terrace under the castle.

But we need volunteers for our stall which will be at the rally where marchers will later gather. This will be at 12.30pm in the Pleasance
Theatre courtyard. If you are coming, it is important that you let Angus know (07702 408 815) so that he can plan how best to organise the team.
This is a great opportunity to connect with the public at a major event and to promote the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Saturday 3rd May : Sainburys STOP! Campaign

We will be holding more stalls this month outside Sainsbury's stores to collect 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.
We want Sainburys to stop trading with companies involved in Israel's settlements on stolen Palestinian land. Meet with us in this important BDS action which is part of the national Sainburys Campaign which takes place all over the UK this Saturday 3rd May.

****Details below are correct at time of going to press, but please check with the contact for any stall you wish to join to confirm it is taking place *****

Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
33-39 South Clerk Street, Newington.
Contact: Kat 07756 285 988

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

Middle Meadow Walk
Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Middle Meadow Walk
Contact: Ian 07935 224 394

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
WestPort, Grassmarket
Contact: Frank 07849 440 692

Thursday 22nd May - 7.30pm: Divestment Meeting

Our monthly meetings on promoting divestment from Israel continue. The next is on Thursday 22nd May at 7:30pm. 
We will discuss how we can persuade organisations to end any investment in complicit companies. 
We meet as normal in St John's Church on the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street (enter by Princes St door).

Thursday 15th May : Nakba Day 2014

The name 'Nakba' means "Day of the Catastrophe" and is observed on 15th May every year. For Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of their displacement from their homes and land, a violent process carried out by Zionist institutions and militias to prepare for the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. 

An estimated 700,000 - 900,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled during a terror campaign by Zionist forces. Hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and destroyed. Many innocent men, women and children were massacred in places such as Deir Yassin.

Today the refugees of the Nakba still demand their legal 'Right of Return' as stipulated in UN Resolution 194. Read a detailed account on the SPSC website here: The expulsion of the Palestinians re-examined
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd June : 
SPSC residential weekend: Politics of effective solidarity

Scottish PSC are holding their annual residential weekend event from 5pm on Friday 20th June until 1pm on Sunday 22nd June in
Glenshee. Book now for a place.

Take time to discuss and debate important issues that inform the nature of our solidarity with Palestinians. Registration is only £40 (or £30 for unwaged) and the fee includes accommodation & meals for the whole weekend.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register a place

send a cheque, payable to: 'Scottish PSC'
and send to:

Scottish PSC
c/o Peace & Justice Centre
Princes Street

We are also organising a group activity on Friday 20th June during the day - if you are interested in joining us email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (There will be an extra charge for this depending on the activity).


Make sure you read regular updates from the local branch here in Edinburgh. Join our Facebook page. Edinburgh SPSC

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.

Best wishes

Edinburgh SPSC 

“For the Palestinian refugees created by Israel's expulsions in 1948, the sheer brutality of the Nakba has never stopped." 
(Nadia Hijab, Palestinian writer)



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