83 people registered over the weekend of October 19th and 20th in Edinburgh for the Divest from Israeli Apartheid conference. Photos and full report to follow. Scottish Friends of Israel ("your local supporters of illegal occupation, colonialism and apartheid") had lobbied the venue to have the event cancelled but, as usual, they were rebuffed. Speakers from the US, Canada and Norway shared their experiences of a variety of divestment campaigns that have been successful; Scots and other conference particpants discussed how the lessons of these campaigns could be bets applied in their own countries. Scottish participants agreed on an interim coordination structure to share the information that will be necessary to initiate and sustain a dynamic campaign in Scotland to get institutions here to divest from Israeli apartheid.

Panel for final session



From left, Peter MacDonald of Iona Community, Scotland; Anna Baltzer of US Campaign to End the Occupation; Ingvild Skogvold of Norwegian People's Aid; Yaffa Jarrar of Students against Israeli Apartheid at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada; Rab Paterson (Chair) of Midlothian Trades Council.




Divest from Israeli Apartheid

Some of the participants at the end of the final session on Sunday.



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Israel and Settler Society by Lorenzo Veracini

The struggle between Israel and the Palestinians is not unique -- whatever the news media may suggest. Lorenzo Veracini argues that the conflict is best understood in terms of colonialism. Like many other societies, Israel is a settler society. Looking in detail at the evolution of other colonial regimes -- apartheid South Africa, French Algeria and Australia -- Veracini presents a thoughtful interpretation of the dynamics of colonialism, offering a clear framework within which to understand the middle east crisis.