shirheverEmbargo: Tuesday 22nd Feb 2011

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Media Release


An Israeli economist and author who argues for boycott and sanctions against his own country is set to speak in Edinburgh on Thursday.

Shir Hever, author of 'The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation', is speaking on a 15-day UK tour organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC).

Hever, who works for the joint Palestinian/Israeli human rights organisation, The Alternative Information Centre, said, "External pressure, by using political and economic tools such as sanctions and boycott, returns the issues of civil rights and democracy to the fore, and deprives Israel of the option to use its military might to make the problem go away."

Hever may have influenced Edinburgh Council's recent decision not to award public service contracts to Veolia, after it emerged that the French multinational also provided similar services to Israel's illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine. He told council leaders that because of its "illegal activities in occupied East Jerusalem", contracting the French multinational "would run against the ethical values of the city of Edinburgh".

Thursday's meeting takes place at the Augustine Church on George IV Bridge, and starts at 7:30pm. The event is open to the public and entry is free.

Full tour details can be found on the SPSC website:




Notes for editors:


1. The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign started in autumn 2000 in response to the Palestinian second uprising against Israeli occupation (Intifada). The SPSC has branches and groups of supporters in several Scottish cities and universities, as well as individual members across Scotland and elsewhere.

For further information, contact:
SPSC Chair, Mick Napier: 0131 620 0052; 07958002591
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2. Shir Hever is an economic researcher with The Alternative Information Center (AIC). The AIC was established in 1984 by Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists as a binational organisation to promote the human and national rights of the Palestinian people and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis based on progressive principles and respect for international law.

The AIC's English language website can be found here:

Shir Hever's latest book, The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation, is published by Pluto Press (Aug 2010); details here:

Photos (free to use) on website version:

Interviews can be arranged on request.


3. The UK speaking tour, organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, runs between:
Thu 17 Feb – Thu 3 Mar 2011.

The tour is supported by various organisations, including Palestine Solidarity Campaign, PSC branches, Friends of Palestine branches, BRICUP, ICAHD UK, and Pluto Press.

This Thursday's Edinburgh meeting is supported by:
Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP):

Tour schedule:

- London: 17 Feb
6.30pm, Kings College London, Strand Campus, Room K4U.12.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Kings College Action Palestine and BRICUP

- New Lanark: 18-20 Feb
SPSC Residential Weekend - register here

- St Andrews: 21 Feb
5pm, St Andrews University, Parliament Hall, South Street.
SPSC St Andrews branch and Palestine Solidarity Student Society

- Dundee: 21 Feb
7.30pm, Dundee University, Dalhousie Building.
SPSC Dundee branch with Action Palestine and others

- Aberdeen: 22 Feb
12 noon, University Of Aberdeen, Meston Building, Room MT2(62).
SPSC Aberdeen branch

- Glasgow: 23 Feb
5pm, Caledonian University, George Moore Building.
SPSC Glasgow branch and Glasgow Caledonian University Dept of Economic Studies.

- Edinburgh: 24 Feb
7.30pm, Augustine Church Centre, George 1V Bridge.
SPSC Edinburgh branch, and Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine.

- York: 25 Feb
7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York.
PSC York branch

- Leeds: 26 Feb
1pm, Civic Hall, Calverley St.
PSC Leeds branch

- Sheffield: 27 Feb
2pm, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield.
PSC Sheffield branch

- Manchester: 28 Feb
7pm, Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Central Manchester.
PSC Manchester

- Liverpool: 1 Mar
7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool.
Liverpool Friends of Palestine

- Birmingham: 2 Mar
6pm, University of Birmingham, Arts Lecture Theatre LR7.
U of B Friends of Palestine Society

- Brighton: 3 Mar
7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton.
PSC Brighton branch


4. For information on Edinburgh Council's rejection of Veolia, see:

SPSC media release, 2010 Dec 13:

Edinburgh Evening News, 15 December 2010;
Palestinian groups hail Veolia veto:

Edinburgh Evening News, 10 December 2010;
Council's £3m step to private services:

Shir Hever's involvement:
SPSC media release, 2010 Sep 14:

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