Tuesday 6th September 2011

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Media Release


Professor Haider Eid of al-Aqsa University in Gaza  The Edinburgh branch of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) are hosting a public meeting on Thursday with speakers from Gaza and Scotland.

Professor Haider Eid of al-Aqsa University in Gaza will discuss via video-link issues relating to the upcoming UN vote on Palestinian statehood, and the revelations earlier this year of the “Palestine Papers”.

Mick Napier. arrested at Ben Gurion Airport.

The meeting will be chaired by SPSC chair, Mick Napier. The Evening News revealed in July that the 64 year-old Edinburgh lecturer was jailed in Israel and deported back to Scotland after he told Tel-Aviv airport staff that he had been invited by Palestinian families to take part in a week of cultural activities and tree-planting in Bethlehem. 

Also speaking will be retired Scottish Government statistician, Frank Thomas, also deported alongside Napier, and Fiona Law, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement recently returned from the West Bank.

Frank Thomas, Secretary of SPSC Edinburgh

Thursday’s meeting begins at 7:30pm at Augustine Church in George IV Bridge, and is free to enter. More details are available on the SPSC website: www.scottishpsc.org.uk



Notes for editors:

Above photos are free to use:

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 throughout Scotland, and members and supporters from Scotland and elsewhere.

For further information, contact:
SPSC Chair, Mick Napier: 0131 620 0052; 07958002591
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (default reply to this email)
Website: www.scottishpsc.org.uk

2. The meeting takes place on Thursday 8th September 2011 at 7:30pm at the Augustine Church on George IV Bridge.
Map: http://www.bing.com/maps/?where1=EH1%201EL,GB&lvl=15&FORM=MMREDIR

3. More details of the meeting on the SPSC website:

4. Mick Napier and Frank Thomas were arrested, jailed, and deported back to Scotland in July this year. 13 Britons were amongst 700 mainly Europeans who were prevented from traveling to the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Edinburgh Evening News report:
Lecturer tells how group was imprisoned on Israel visit, 13 July 2011:

SPSC report: http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3653:welcome-to-palestine-israel-arrests-jails-and-expels-internationals-en-route-to-bethlehem&catid=500:news&Itemid=200433

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