“Having lost the actual arguments, Israel's defenders have now declared war on argument itself".
The pro-Israel forces are campaigning to silence pro-Palestine voices; Ken Livingston is the most high-profile figure to date to be attacked as an ‘antisemite’. We are now in a place where democratic critiques of Israel as a racist project will be criminalised if the recommendations of the MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee are accepted by the Tory Government, (the SNP member, Stuart McDonald, lined up with the Tories and Labour). American-Palestinian Prof. Saree Makdisi observed, “Having lost the actual arguments, Israel's defenders have now declared war on argument itself".
The Israeli government campaign to silence pro-Palestinian voices has long targeted Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The Jewish Chronicle, a pro-Israel propaganda sheet, considers that “the situation there [Scotland] is more severe, with the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign described as ‘on a different level’ to activists in other places in the UK”. The latest endorsement of our work from the opposition, from those who justify every Israeli massacre of Palestinians (or Lebanese) and attempt to portray vigorous peaceful protest against mass murder as racist.
Five years ago an Israeli diplomat complained, “Every appearance by an official Israeli representative in Scotland is like a visit to enemy territory”. SPSC will work to keep it that way, despite recent sinister moves against free speech on Palestine. Edinburgh City Council, for example, said a talk on Palestine: the Search for a Just Peace by Richard Falk, the former UN Rapporteur for Human Rights in Palestine, was too ‘controversial’ and cancelled a hall booking. Two churches cancelled talks on Palestine. SPSC will not be silenced; we will continue to build the growing support for the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) in Scotland and internationally.
But SPSC needs your support to turn these attacks; we face yet another trial for 'racism' of SPSC members for denouncing the 2014 Israeli mass murder of 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 children.
In a time of war and massacre, when justice – a talk on The Search for a Just Peace in Palestine - is too 'controversial', we ask for your financial support. Zionist billionaire Sheldon Adelson organised an anti-BDS event in Las Vegas at US$1million for entry. We rely on you to help a campaign that has no paid workers. Any support, however modest, will help us to stand up for Palestinian rights, and to deserve an invitation to the celebrations of Palestinian freedom when Israeli apartheid is consigned to the dustbin of history.