Human rights campaigners are planning protests at Israel’s participation in the FIL Rathbones Women’s 2015 U19 Lacrosse World Championship that starts tomorrow in Edinburgh at the Peffermill sports centre.
Campaigners are responding to the Palestinian call for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in support of Palestinian rights. Israel has continued to violate international law, while enforcing the siege of the Gaza strip, in July 2014 the Israeli armed forces launched 'Operation Protective Edge' against the people of Gaza. During seven weeks of sustained onslaught, over 2,200 Gazans were killed. Israeli forces targeted every level of Gazan infrastructure destroying hospitals, schools, utility sources and many homes.
Only a year later, protestors argue that it should not be business as usual and called for Israel’s Lacrosse team to be excluded from the Championships taking place in Scotland.
Since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel’s colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies. All forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine.
On 16 July 2014 four young Palestinian boys were killed as they played football on the beach in Gaza. Despite eye witness accounts of international journalists the investigation into the murder of these children at play has been closed with no further action to be taken.
Palestinian civil society calls for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights. The aim of the campaign is to isolate and exclude Israel, with no 'business as usual' or sporting and cultural exchanges until it brings an end to its apartheid regime.
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called for demonstrations at each of the matches involving Israel - Thursday 23rd JULY Israel vs Korea, Friday 24th JULY Israel vs Nz, Saturday 25th JULY Israel v Finland and Sunday 26th JULY Israel v USA.
Angus Maclean, of Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, explained the reasons behind the demonstrations. “For 67 years Israel has defied international law and Palestinians are calling on civil society and grassroots organisations to take a stand against ethnic cleansing and genocide. We will be present at each of the matches to protest and send a clear message that Israel’s involvement in this, and any, international sporting event is unacceptable."