Cowan's Law. nr. Moscow, AyshireThe Jewish National Fund, experts in racist land administration, have long faced the opposition of Palestine solidarity campaigners in Scotland. The JNF is responsible for dispossessing tens of thousands of Palestinians of their lands, for example building the 'British Park' over the ruins of ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages. At its 2013 Congress, the Scottish TUC reinforced its commitment to opposing the activities of the JNF in enforcing an apartheid system in Israel and Palestine.

The JNF fundraiser at Cowan's Law on Tuesday 4th June (yesterday) was a washout.
5 June 2013

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The JNF is a key pillar of Israel's apartheid land system; Jewish-only colonies on ethnically cleansed Palestinian land.  Their decision to have a fund-raising 'charity shoot' is pretty sickening given their working relationship with trigger-happy Israeli soldiers and settlers responsible for thousands of killings of Palestinian civilians.

Their retreat into remote Cowan's Law, however, is also a sign of weakness after they were denied the use of Bonnyton Golf Club last year as a direct result of rising protests against their fundraisers there. They had already terminated their annual bash at Glasgow Hilton after the massacres in Gaza in 2008.

SPSC is a member of Stop the JNF UK whose campaigning led to 68 MPs signing a motion calling for the JNF's charity status to be rescinded. David Cameron has since resigned as an Honorary Patron of the JNF UK, the first time in over 100 years the sitting Prime Minister has not been a JNF Patron. Miliband and Clegg have both declined invitations to become JNF Patrons.

The Jewish National Fund, experts in racist land administration, have long faced the opposition of Palestine solidarity campaigners in Scotland. The JNF is responsible for dispossessing tens of thousands of Palestinians of their lands, for example building the 'British Park' over the ruins of ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages. At its 2013 Congress, the Scottish TUC reinforced its commitment to opposing the activities of the JNF in enforcing an apartheid system in Israel and Palestine.

On 15 May, the Charity Commission confirmed they are to investigate whether JNF racial discrimination is lawful: http://www.stopthejnf.org/charity-commission-to-investigate-whether-jnf-racial-discrimination-is-lawful/

A statement on the St Andrews planned protests from Scottish Jews for a Just Peace noted that the "JNF takes over Palestinian land – including homes of Palestinian refugees and land in the occupied territories – and will not lease or sell land to non-Jews".

Dr Hajo G Meyer, a staunch friend of Scottish PSC, who spent ten months in Auschwitz as a Jew and member of the Dutch Resistance, sent a message of support to the protest saying, " If I could, I would be with you to join your protest in support of universal values of freedom and justice and freedom from racist occupation".

If an increasingly frail 88 year-old veteran of the Dutch Resistance and Auschwitz would like to be there to fight for Palestinian rights, maybe you should as well?

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Hajo MeyerThe names Jewish National Fund and Israeli Defence Force are both deceitful. The former is a so called "private" organisation which however had the exclusive right to acquire private land which was abandoned by its owners who fled from the atrocities by the IDF in 1948. Another aspect of this exclusive right of a private organisation is that government activities are camouflaged as activity of a private organisation. Via the collection of money in JEWISH FAMILIES over the world, under the pretence that the JNF is a peaceful private organisation the Zionists try to implicate all Jews, wherever they live, in Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people performed by the JNF, the settlers or the government.

Furthermore, the very name "Israeli Defence Force" tries to conceal the Israeli Army's involvement in human rights violations, including crimes against humanity. Characteristic example of the violations of human rights by the "IDF" is the time and again occurring fact, that if settlers attack with rifles peaceful Palestinians who are at work in their fields, the IDF will NOT protect the Palestinians but the aggressive settlers!

As a young man in Nazi-occupied Europe I witnessed the efforts of that inhuman regime to progressively dehumanise Jews in the eyes of the public. As a very liberal Jew, I was raised to value the equality of human beings and I identify with Palestinians struggling to assert their humanity and gain their freedom against the efforts of the recipients of funds if this event on Friday goes on.

From my personal experience I see many similarities between the treatment I was subjected to as a Jewish youth under Nazi regime in Germany and under occupation in the Netherlands and the experience of Palestinian youths today. An important example being that also I had no easy access to education, in fact I was expelled from it, until I found tricks to circumvent it. I also could not travel freely.

I strongly urge the Golf Hotel to cancel this atrocious event on Friday since it is a provocation to all who support human rights. If I could, I would be with you to join your protest in support of universal values of freedom and justice and freedom from racist occupation but I am afraid, I am a bit too old, 88 years. With my best wishes for success with your beautiful activities,

Yours truly, Dr Hajo G. Meyer
25 April 2013

  • Saturday 23 February 2013
  • Dundee, registration at 10am
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Scottish PSC members are invited to the Scottish PSC AGM in Dundee on 23 February.

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On Friday April 26th, 2013 the St Andrews University Jewish Society and the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity of the university will be hosting a Matzah Ball, fundraising for amongst others the Friends of the IDF and The JNF.

The IDF, the official name of the Israeli army, is the policing and military body that is instrumental to the ongoing occupation of the West Bank. This occupation, which began in 1967, is illegal under international law and is condemned by governments worldwide, including the UK. Among the numerous horrific effects of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank are the denial of the freedom of movement (through the separation wall and checkpoints) restricting access of Palestinians to healthcare, education and use of natural resources, and devastating consequences on the local economy with high unemployment and little or no access to international trade. Palestinians are attacked or shot for protesting against these grave injustices on a daily basis. The IDF plays a key role in perpetrating these injustices. One key example is the way in which the IDF supports the existence and furthers construction of Israeli settlements (illegal under international law and criticised by politicians of all the main parties in the UK) and settlers at the expense of the Palestine population in the West Bank.

The IDF is also responsible for the killing many thousands of Palestinian civilians, for example frequent attacks on what has been called the largest open air prison in the world – Gaza. During Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9 Israeli Defense Forces killed 1400 Palestinians in Gaza, including around 350 children, and there is much evidence that the IDF used white phosphorus on civilian populations in the attacks, again illegal under international law. These crimes have been once again perpetrated with impunity during last year's attacks on Gaza. Last week the IDF again showed its true character when, as reported by human rights agencies in the area, soldiers used a 17-year old Palestinian boy as a human shield while firing shots at Palestinian protestors in Abu Dis in the West Bank.

The Jewish National Fund has been one of the principal bodies responsible for dispossessing Palestinians from their lands, and preventing them from returning (e.g. by planting forests and building parks over the ruins of Palestinian villages). JNF land (currently 13% of Israel's land) can only be used by Jewish people, discriminating against all others who may want to live or work on the land. Such discriminatory land distribution policies based on "race" and ethnicity are illegal under international law. The JNF continues to play a key role in displacing Palestinians today, for example in its key role in the village of Al-Araqib, in the Negev, which has been destroyed over 40 times since 2010.

The JNF's charitable status as an environmental charity is a cruel facade and has been dismissed as 'greenwashing' of it's illegal and immoral activities by the Scottish Green Party, the Green Party (England and Wales) and Friends of the Earth who've all backed the campaign to have the JNF's charitable status revoked. Last year 68 Members of Parliament signed the Early Day Motion 1677 calling for their charitable status to be revoked. The Scottish Trade Union Congress annual conferences in 2012 and 2013 unanimously backed these calls. In March this year on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination an application was presented to the Charity Commission for England and Wales challenging the very legality of the JNF's charitable status.

We, the undersigned, oppose the charitable status of such institutions and will protest fundraising for such organisations wherever it occurs. Institutions that kill innocent civilians and are inherently discriminatory should be opposed; charity is inappropriate.

We call on the Jewish Society of St Andrews University and the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity to end their support for Friends of the IDF and the JNF. We call on St Andrews Golf Hotel to retract its support for these fundraising activities unless these two "charities" are not renounced by the organisers.

We further call on people of conscience and supporters of human rights to sign this statement, send a letter of protest to the St Andrews Golf Hotel, and join us at 7pm on Friday April 26th outside St Andrews Golf Hotel to protest fundraising for apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your organisation to the list of signatories.

Signed:

Conference of Socialist Economists
Dundee University Action Palestine
Edinburgh Students for Justice in Palestine
Glasgow University Palestine Society
Justice for Palestine Aberdeen University
Robert Gordon University People & Planet Society
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Stop the JNF UK
Students for Palestinian Rights (Caledonian University)
Tayside Justice in Palestine
We are all Hana Shalabi Network

Members and Volunteers of the Lajee Centre, Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem
Boycott from Within

Blane Abercrombie - President-Elect, Students' Association of the University of the West of Scotland
James Ferns - Vice-President-Elect (Education), University of Strathclyde Students' Association
Dominique Üçbaş - Vice-President (Diversity & Advocacy), University of Strathclyde Students' Association
Carla Fyfe - President, Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association
James McAsh- President, Edinburgh University Students' association
Sinead Wylie - Vice President (Wellbeing), Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association
Nick Lowden - Vice President (Activities), Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association 
Neill Clark - Vice-President-Elect (Education), Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association 
Kirsty Haigh - Vice-President-Elect (Services), Edinburgh University Students' Association
Sarah Moffat - Women’s Liberation Convener, Edinburgh University Students’ Association; NUS Scotland Women’s Committee 13/14
Lucy Jane Drummond - Women's Officer, University of Stirling Students' Union; NUS National and Scotland Women's Committees 13/14
Paul Greene - President-Elect (Communications & Democracy), Robert Gordon University Students' Union
Iain MacKinnon - President-Elect, Dundee University Students' Association
Lani Baird - President, Aberdeen College Students' Association, NUS Scotland & UK LGBT Committee (FE Rep 2011-13), NUS UK Womens Committee (FE Rep - Elect 2013-14), NUS Scotland LGBT Officer - Elect (2013-14)
Gary Paterson - MSYP-Elect for Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish Youth Parliament; Scottish Executive Committee-Elect (Communities Campaign Convener), NUS Scotland
Aurora Adams - International Students Officer, NUS Scotland

Ronnie Barkan - Israeli Boycott from Within activist.
Leehee Rothschild - Tel Aviv University student, activist, and conscientious objector.
Dr Kobi Snitz - Weisman Institute (Israel)
Noa Shaindlinger - Israeli activist.
Ofer Neiman - Israeli activist/journalist.
Gregory Molev - Israeli activist.
Shir Hever - Israeli authour and Phd Candidate at Freie Univiversiteat, Berlin.

 

 


 

Statement from Scottish Jews for a Just Peace:

We are deeply saddened and concerned that St Andrews Jewish society has been persuaded to use its charity ball to raise money for the Jewish National Fund and Friends of the Israel Defence Forces. The JNF takes over Palestinian land – including homes of Palestinian refugees and land in the occupied territories – and will not lease or sell land to non-Jews. And FIDF gives solidarity to an army whose attacks on Palestinian civilians have become increasingly persistent, violent and brazen. We urge everyone of conscience, Jew and non-Jew, not to go to this event. St Andrews Jewish Society claims to be friendly, welcoming and non-political. We ask it to live up to that description.

'That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary' Rabbi Hillel (1st Century BCE)

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Farming Injustice: End all Trade with Israeli Agricultural Companies

4 January 2013, bdsmovement.net

Palestinian agricultural organisations and the Palestinian BDS National Committee call for the launching of worldwide campaigns on February 9 against Israeli agricultural export corporations in light of their deep complicity in Israel’s ongoing violations of international law and Palestinian human rights. Following the successful campaign against Israel’s former leading agricultural export corporation Agrexco, and in light of the growing international consensus on the duty to enforce an effective ban on trade with the illegal Israeli settlements, we invite social movements, nongovernmental organisations, trade unions and human rights campaigners to take creative and effective action on February 9th in support of Palestinian farmers defending their land and natural resources.

The sale and purchase of goods from Israeli agricultural companies, such as Mehadrin and Hadiklaim, finance and reward the on-going illegal Israeli exploitation and colonisation of Palestinian land and further undermine the chances for a just peace based on international law and respect for universal human rights. As was demonstrated in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and the wide international solidarity movement with it, citizens can make a difference by refraining from buying products of complicit companies and by working to convince their supermarkets to stop trading with them.

Agriculture is a vital part of the Palestinian economy and national heritage, yet Palestinian farmers are being displaced from their lands and prevented from accessing it. Israel systematically exploits Palestinian natural resources in violation of international law and implements a range of restrictions on Palestinian agriculture in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, while allowing Israeli agricultural corporations to profit from Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.

As Palestinian agricultural organisations have noted, Israeli agricultural export companies are at the heart of Israel’s system of domination over the Palestinian people. They are an integral component of the on-going process of colonisation and environmental destruction of Palestinian land, the destruction of Palestinian agriculture, the theft of water, and the abuse of Palestinian workers’ rights, including child labourers.

Supermarkets should follow the lead of the Co-Operative Group in the UK, which has pledged to end trade with any company exporting goods from illegal Israeli settlements. Governments must meet their legal and moral obligation to take action in support of Palestinian self-determination and ban all forms of trade and cooperation with Israeli agricultural export companies complicit in the illegal settlement enterprise. People of conscience around the world can make sure such measures are taken. We count on your support to end business as usual with Israel’s agricultural companies as a contribution to our struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

Endorsed by:

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee

General Union of Palestinian Peasants and Cooperatives

Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees

Palestinian Farmers Union

Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Stop the Wall

Union of Agricultural Work Committees

Union of Palestinian Agriculture Engineers

 

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