"It is another matter altogether, a matter of very poor journalism, to ignore the views of the St Andrews police, the Hotel which cancelled the fundraiser, and the clear statement of denial you received from SPSC, all the while reporting the mendacious propaganda of the Zionist side of a conflict. Whatever happened to checking sources?


Jerusalem Post journalist on a story

The Jerusalem Post, a Zionist propaganda sheet, objected to this four-part correspondence being published:
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From: Jonny Paul
Sent: 29 April 2013 14:05
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Subject: Press enquiry

Dear Fiona, Sofiah, Mick,

... I’m the UK correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. Could I please get comment from you regarding the St Andrews’ Jewish Society charity ball. The SPSC stands accused of initiating a campaign of intimidation – aggressive phone calls and emails – in order to coerce the hotel to cancel the event. Can you please respond to this accusation. Should we not be promoting dialogue, debate, understanding and the sharing of ideas?

I understand also that the event went ahead, and raised more than originally expected. I am hearing also that a couple of individuals are campaigning to raise more money for the charities in question on the back of this incident. Can you comment on this also.

Many thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
Jonny Paul

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From: Mick Napier [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: 30 April 2013 11:12
To: 'Jonny Paul'
Subject: RE: Press enquiry

Dear Jonny

In the light of the letter from Eden Springs to the Scottish Government will the JP issue any kind of correction following its repeated accusations that SPSC lied concerning Eden Springs contracts being cancelled across Scotland? (Scottish pro-Palestinian group 'fabricates' story of Israeli boycott)
The Jerusalem Post repeated the untruth, as we now know it to be (http://goo.gl/rhALI), several times, for example here (http://goo.gl/YDMd7).

So what is the point, Jonny, in us pointing out that there is no truth whatsoever in the accusations? I note you use the passive voice “SPSC stands accused” to mask agency, i.e. politically committed Zionist groups who smear all public protests against the racist JNF and the Israeli Army as “intimidation”, “threats” etc. For the avoidance of all doubt, there is no evidence that anyone associated with any of the groups campaigning against the raising of funds for the JNF and friends of the Israeli Army used threats or intimidation. Naming and shaming is quite another matter.

There are no surprises here; the attribution to us of “a campaign of intimidation” is what we have come to expect from people who wish to change the focus of attention from the Israeli Army dropping white phosphorous on crowded areas or the JNF’s open discrimination against non-Jewish citizens of Israel.

Inspector Meek, of St Andrews Police, is reported saying that they had no serious concerns about policing the event. I suggest your fabricators be advised to report their claims of intimidation to St Andrews police and supply details.

We will continue to work for Palestinian freedom from illegal Israeli occupation. We are happy to dialogue with anyone as to how to achieve universal human rights but not whether Palestinians deserve them and not with those who have dispossessed Palestinians by colonization for decades and continue brazenly to do so.

Mick Napier
SPSC Committee


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From: Jonny Paul [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: 01 May 2013 08:43
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Subject: RE: Pr...ess enquiry

Dear Mick,

Thanks for your email. As am sure you can appreciate, I disagree with everything you say. I emailed you in good faith to give you the right of reply and respond in any way you wished. Instead you found it fit to post our correspondence on Facebook. This speaks volumes about your campaign.

Can I also ask you kindly to print a correction on the SPSC website in light of the attached statement I received at the time from West Lothian Council. Please can you confirm that this will be done.

Many thanks.

Kind regards,

Jonny


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From: Mick Napier [mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: 01 May 2013 10:14
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Subject: RE: Press enquiry

Dear Jonny

Thanks for your email and attachment.

It is your prerogative to disagree with “everything” we say; presumably this includes the opinion attributed to Inspector Meek, and our commitment “to work for Palestinian freedom from illegal Israeli occupation”.

It is another matter altogether, a matter of very poor journalism, to ignore the views of the St Andrews police, the Hotel which cancelled the fundraiser, and the clear statement of denial you received from SPSC, all the while reporting the mendacious propaganda of the Zionist side of a conflict. Whatever happened to checking sources?

The Jerusalem Post repeatedly claimed that Eden Springs was unconcerned about boycott and SPSC were inventing a successful boycott campaign against Eden Springs which we now know from Eden Springs own correspondence was very real indeed. An honest paper would be interested in the truth and admit its error.

You now request that WE print a correction. This is chutzpah! Please let us know, however, which words written by SPSC or any member of SPSC that you ask us to retract and we will view your request sympathetically and sincerely.

Will the Jerusalem Post even allow mention of Eden Springs’ 16 July 2009 letter to the Scottish Government concerning “a wave of recent protests…which is threatening the future of Eden Springs UK…being targeted by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign”

We live the life of the open book and conceal nothing from supporters. We reserve the right to share any correspondence.

We “hate the sin but not the sinner”.

Best

Mick Napier

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