Listed below are some of the events and activities that took place in Scotland during 2012, some involving Scotish PSC branches and members.

January

  • SPSC Glasgow branch coordinated with Dublin PSC  to jointly leaflet audiences of Portuguese fado singer Anna Moura.  Her Celtic Connections concert fans largely supported us urging her not to perform in Tel Aviv the following week.
  • Stop the JNF/Plant-a-Tree delegation.

February

  • Scottish students participate in the most successful Israeli Apartheid Week yet.
  • SPSC branches host Jordan Valley Solidarity speaker and activist from the Bedouin community of Al Auja.

March

  • Stand-up comedians Ivor Dembina & Bill Dewar and ceilidh band Carry on Dancing support Welcome to Palestine 2012 fundraisers.
  • Under the banner 'We Are All Hana Shalabi', Scottish students mobilise in support of Palestinian hunger strikers and rally at BBC offices on Land Day.

April

  • Living Under the Gun: A night of Poetry and Music for Palestine, Scottish musicians and poets organise fundraiser to fund their trip to the Occupied West Bank.
  • We Are All Hana Shalabi protests continue with support from SPSC and other solidarity organisations.
  • SPSC participants among 1,300 people on Welcome to Palestine initiative to expose Israel's strategy to isolate Palestinians from international solidarity.
  • Palestine solidarity activists protest at Manchester airport after Jet2 complies with Israeli immigration authorities order not to allow boarding to “pro-Palestinian radicals”. Participants who landed in Tel Aviv were arrested and detained by Israeli authorities after declaring their destination was Bethlehem in Palestine.
  • On Palestinian Prisoners Day five British women imprisoned by the Israeli government for their part in Welcome to Palestine refuse food in support of the demands of Palestinian political prisoners.
  • Documents obtained by the SPSC show how Eden Springs turned successfully for help from the Scottish Government to deal with what the Israeli company called “a wave of protests...that is threatening the future of Eden Springs UK”.
  • Delegates the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) annual conference voted unanimously and repeatedly against Israeli apartheid.
  • Palestinian human rights campaigners welcome news that the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, The Co-operative Group, will “no longer engage with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements”. The decision came after Co-op members submit motion on the issue to Regional AGMs.

May

  • Stop the JNF campaign organise all day protest at JNF Scotland fundraiser event at Cowan's Law. Rafeef Ziadah and Phil Monsour join Plant a Tree in Palestine fundraiser event. Stop the JNF organise worshop in Edinburgh.
  • SPSC participates in BDS Europe network meeting.
  • Early Day Motion 1677 highlighting 'just cause to consider revocation of the JNF's charitable status in the UK' closes with 68 MP signatories plus 2 MPs who signed parallel statements. Not a single MP withdrew their signature despite JNF UK's appeal for meeting.
  • SPSC branches host a meeting on "Occupation and Water Rights in Palestine" with Zayneb Al-Shalalfeh from LifeSource (Palestinian water rights NGO) as part of her UK tour.

June

  • SPSC, We Are All Hana Shalabi and other Scottish organisations host Lajee Arts Center as part of their UK tour.
  • SPSC, Friends of Al Aqsa protest at Scotland v Israel UEFA U21 Womens game match.
  • SPSC Summer 2012 residential weekend discuss 'Fundamental Issues in Effective Palestine Solidarity'.

July

  • SPSC join Unite Against Fascism protests against the BNP and the Scottish Defence League.
  • Don't Dance With Israeli Apartheid, a coalition of Palestine solidarity organisations, groups and individuals, is formed to organise protests in Edinburgh and across the UK against 'Brand Israel' asset Batshea Dance Company.

August

  • 40 Ministers of Culture from around the world come to Edinburgh to attend the 'World Culture Summit' at the Scottish Parliament. The event is co-hosted by Edinburgh International Festival who are also hosting Israel state-sponsored Batsheva Dance Company. SPSC holds a two day protest outside the parliament highlighting Israel's culture of apartheid, colonisation and occupation and their whitewashing project 'Brand Israel'.
  • Organising for the Batsheva protests continue, including a meeting in Glasgow with visiting Palestinian and & ex-political prisoner from Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine (original village near Jerusalem ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948) and Student Palestine activist from the 'We Are All Hana Shalabi' network, recently returned from Palestine.
  • SPSC Aberdeen organise 'Aberdeen Against Apartheid: From Johannesburg to Jerusalem' as part of Aberdeen Against Austerity's Summer Lecture Series, featuring talks and discussions on the parallels between the struggle for justice in South Africa and Palestine. Speakers include activists involved in the struggle against South African apartheid in Aberdeen, Tommy Campbell and Harry Bygate.
  • Scottish artists sign letter in support of call to disinvite Batsheva to the EIF.
  • For three nights, SPSC and Don't Dance with Israeli Apartheid partners, join hundreds to protest Batsheva performances at the Playhoue Theatre in Edinburgh. Those who protest inside the theatre in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom were ejected by security and police. There are no arrests.
  • Israel's Ambassador, Culture Minister and the Zionist Federation attend first night of Batsheva performance.
  • Press coverage highlight 'Brand Israel' and debate cultural boycott against Israel and state-sponsored institutions.

September

  • SPSC Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow organise Sabra & Shatilla 30th anniversary commemoration events with eye-witness account of the Sabra and Shatilla massacres from Dr Ben Alofs.
  • Don't Dance with Israeli Apartheid organising continues for protests against 'Brand Israel' asset Batsheva upcoming UK tour.
  • SPSC Aberdeen organise a solidarity delegation to Palestine.

October

  • SPSC and We Are All Hana Shalabi hold joint meeting as part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, 'The politics of international aid in Israel/Palestine, what it means for solidarity'.
  • Brighton venue cancel one night of Batsheva performance in anticipation of protests. Don't Dance with Israel Apartheid partners across the UK continue to mobilise for Batsheva tour protests.
  • SPSC join Edinburgh University Students for Justice for Palestine to protest Israeli Ambassador visit on campus. His meeting is postponed and he is chased off campus by students.
  • SPSC supports and participates in the 16th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair. This year events include Sarah Irving with Leila Khaled by video link.
  • SPSC and We Are All Hana Shalabi, Don't Dance with Israeli Apartheid partners, hold two nights of protest outside, and inside, Batsheva performances at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.

November

  • Fundraiser for Scottish delegation to the World Social Forum - Free Palestine.
  • We Are All Hana Shalabi and SPSC call widely supported demonstration and march to the Scottish Parliament in solidarity with Palestinians and against Israel's latest military attack on Gaza.
  • SPSC supports demonstration in London against Israel's attack on Gaza.
  • The student members of We Are All Hana Shalabi scale the roof of the parliament building to draw attention to the situation in Gaza and calls on the Scottish government to take action.
  • The Scottish Green Party publish a statement in support of the direct action at the Scottish Parliament and call on the Scottish Government to support the Palestinian call for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Alison Johnstone of the Scottish Green Party lodge motion S4M-04871 on Gaza calling on an end to arms sales to Israel.
  • Israeli diplomat admits that "Every appearance by an official Israeli representative in Scotland is like a visit to enemy territory".
  • SPSC send seven delegates to Porto Allegre in Brazil to participate in the World Social Forum (WSF): Free Palestine to share SPSC, DDwIA, Stop the JNF and Boycott Israel Network (BIN) organising and to network for more effective international solidarity with Palestinians.

December

  • SPSC Glasgow and partners and Edinburgh students host meetings with popular resistance organiser, Mousa Abu Maria who is a farmer from the town of Beit Ommar, Occupied West Bank.
  • SPSC Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee support and jointly helps to organise an exhibition of photographs taken by Palestinian children in the West Bank called We Teach Life Sir which also takes place in the Scottish Parliament. The events include Skype link with Palestine partners in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Lessons of Dispossession; Acts of Resistance.

From January 5th – January 14th 2013, the Stop the JNF Campaign is running a 10-day visit to Palestine, providing the opportunity to:

 

  • Gain an overview of the issues affecting Palestinian land rights (and the role in illegal appropriation of Palestinian land by para-statal organisations);
  • Visit destroyed Palestinian villages to find out more about the role of the JNF in land dispossession;
  • Take part in tree-planting actions alongside Palestinian communities to reclaim stolen or threatened land in the Jordan Valley, Susiya and Wadi Qana.

Participants will learn about the dispossession and destruction that Israeli forces and settlers have imposed on Palestinian communities. Importantly there will also be a chance to work and stay with communities in these areas gaining an insight into day-to-day to life.

We will visit to depopulated and destroyed Palestinian villages (e.g. from 1948 and 1967) to see first-hand the ways that the JNF appropriates Palestinian land, both historically and today. We will travel to the Naqab (Negev) area where thousands of indigenous Bedouins are resisting the Israeli government’s attempts at ethnic cleansing and planting JNF forests over their land and homes. We will also receive briefings from academics, legal experts and inspiring community organisations that are working to end the ongoing dispossession of Palestinians.

Plant-a-Tree in Palestine is a new project established in 2011 with the aim of raising awareness of the tree planting and other activities of the Jewish National Fund, and providing an effective means of solidarity with Palestinians resisting the demolition of their homes and theft of their land. It is a joint project of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall), the Palestinian Farmers Union, and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

We invite participation from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including activists, representatives of civil society, environmental, and anti-racist organisations, trade unions and others. An important element of the visit will be discussions between the Stop the JNF Campaign and participants on how we can develop solidarity work in our localities to challenge Israel’s ongoing dispossession of the Palestinians.

If you have any queries about the visit or would like to register your interest please email delegation@stopthejnf.org. Please wait for confirmation before booking your flights.

 

lajee dancers16 Palestinian refugees from Lajee Center in Aida Camp will be touring the UK for 17 days in June on the 3rd UK Arts And Cultural Tour. The tour will include events from Aberdeen in the north of scotland all the way south to London. events will include Dabka shows, photography exhibitions, film screenings, and range of public presentations, about refugee rights and political prisoners.

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SCOTLAND dates:

Saturday 9th June (DUNDEE)
Justice for Palestine Festival
12-4pm,Dundee City Square

5.30pm
Public meeting: Palestinian political prisoners
Dundee University Students Union, Meeting Room 2

Tayside for Justice
Dundee University Action Palestine
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Monday 11th June (ABERDEEN)
Lajee Centre: From Aida Refugee Camp to Aberdeen
7pm, Upper Hall, Queens Cross Church, Aberdeen

Two members from the Centre will speak about their experiences as refugees and there will be discussion of the cause of political prisoners in Israeli jails and the incredible recent show of resistance which saw 2000 Palestinian prisoners embarking on hunger strikes.

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Tuesday 12th June (GLASGOW)
Lajee Tour from Palestine to Scotland: Aida Refugee Camp a Culture of Resistance

Join us at the Scottish Youth Theatre as Glasgow hosts the Lajee Centre tour who will bring 12 Palestinian youth from Aida Refugee camp to Scotland and the rest of the UK.  The event in Glasgow will showcase a photography exhibition throughout the day displaying work created by the young artists from the Lajee Centre in Bethlehem.

In the evening the Theatre Studio doors will open at 7pm for people to be seated at 7:30pm for the main event to start.

Our Palestinian friends will provide a presentation along with discussion about Aida camp, the refugee question resisting occupation and the role of international solidarity.  The 12 youth will then give a performance of Dabka, traditional Palestinian Dance for the days finale.

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Thursday 14th June (EDINBURGH)
Lajee Tour from Palestine to Scotland: Aida Refugee Camp a Culture of Resistance

10am-1pm
Dance workshops with Lajee Center youth activists.
Dancebase, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

11am-2pm
Experiences of life under occupation followed by discusssion.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

7.30pm
Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Presentation followed by discussion about Aida camp, the refugee question, political prisoners, resisting occupation and the role of international solidarity.  The 12 youth will then give a performance of Dabka, traditional Palestinian Dance.

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    • Monday, 11 June 2012
    • 19:00
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    Upper Hall, Queens Cross Church, Aberdeen
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    SPSC are delighted to welcome four Palestinians from the Lajee Centre, Aida Refugee Camp, to Aberdeen.

    3 young people from the Centre will speak about their experiences as refugees and there will be discussion of the cause of political prisoners in Israeli jails and the incredible recent show of resistance which saw 2000 Palestinian prisoners embarking on hunger strikes. There will also be an exhibition displaying the photography of the young people of the Lajee Centre.

    Lajee Center ('lajee' means 'refugee' in Arabic), was established in Aida Refugee Camp in April 2000 by a group of 11 young people from the Camp who wanted to serve the community. Lajee is a community-based grassroots creative cultural centre that works with new generations of Palestinians as they continue their ongoing struggle for justice and rights for Palestine and all Palestinians. Read more about the Lajee Centre at www.lajee.org/


    Please join us for what will be a special evening of discussion and culture.

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION:

Glasgow - Sunday 25th November 1pm
March for Gaza - End the Massacre! End the Siege!

Assemble Donald Dewar Statue at the top of Buchanan Street next to the Royal Concert Hall Glasgow to march to the BBC.

Transport from Edinburgh: Buses leaving from Bristo Square/ George Square at 11am –

Phone 07725558116 or 07713246599 to book a place,

BACKGROUND
The protest against the JNF on Friday is one of a series of vigorous protests against this racist organisation. The JNF's glitzy Hilton fundraisers in Glasgow have been stopped by grass roots protests since 2001 and mounting pressure on politicians organised by the Stop the JNF Campaign, now backed by the STUC, Green Party and scores of MPs.  Determined protests by SPSC since 2005 at Bonnyton Golf course finally forced the cancellation of this year's pro-am fundraiser.

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Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against detention without trial are on the edge of death; they are interned for resisting the ethnic cleansing the JNF 'charity shoot' is financing.  The JNF needs real killers to shoot unarmed protestors in Palestine who resist dispossession by the JNF.  Israeli FM Lieberman, who called for the killing of Palestinian prisoners,  is guest speaker at a JNF event in London later this month.

AIMS
The aim of Friday's protest is to build on these past successes by ensuring that the racist JNF cannot organise a public event anywhere in the UK, however remote the location, without a large and vigorous protest against their racist programme in Israel/Palestine, where they work in concert with the murderous settlers and occupation forces for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

Many who previously took part in the 'charity' events were unaware of the true nature of the JNF's aims, brutal history and current activities.  Protests led to declining numbers year on year at Bonnyton and their retreat to Cowan's Law is a sign of this.  From 8am at Cowan's Law on Friday, all participants in the shoot will be left in no doubt as to the crimes they are helping to finance.

Everyone who attends on Friday will be helping to hasten the end of a Fund that once had Prime Ministers and every major party leader protecting them.

METHODS
Stop the JNF invites everyone to join in the protest activities at Cowan's Law for the whole day – "8 till late" – or as much as they are able to.  We will be asserting our rights to access Forestry Commission land adjacent to where the JNF's activities are planned and to freedom of assembly and peaceful protest.  Bring banners, loudhailers, flags, cameras, your voices, your anger and your energy.

As at previous protests against the JNF at Bonnyton Golf Course, it may be necessary (for those protestors who are willing) to challenge any police encroachment on rights of assembly by being arrested so as to be able to raise the issues of free speech in a court trial.  The legal process will enable us to highlight the criminal nature of the JNF's activities in Israel/Palestine in the court room, which the JNF fears greatly on its past record.

GROWTH
The size of the protests grows as the JNF's nature becomes more widely known and fresh waves of protestors join the struggle against Israeli apartheid.  The newest participant is as important as the longest-serving and their voice as important.  Our challenge is to coordinate to the maximum all concerned and, although that can never be perfect, we ask everyone to sign up to the aims and methods of the Stop the JNF Campaign.  Organisation is the key to defeating the JNF and contributing to the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

ARRANGEMENTS AT COWAN'S LAW

The images are highly misleading since the forestry area has been totally clean cut – no trees there, only rough terrain with knee-high saplings.  Cowan's Law is a rectangle with a triangle stuck on top.  Stop the JNF intends to access both long sides of the rectangle on Forestry Commission land as of right and erect a barbecue, set up a few portable chairs and table for dispensing food, tea, coffee, juice and water.

Follow the signs from the hamlet of Moscow (pronounced M'SKOW to rhyme with 'how') to the initial assembly point at Cowan's Law.

Food and drinks
There will be basic food available for all tastes throughout the day, including a barbecue and hot drinks. Alcohol is banned.

Weather
The weather forecast:
Cold with blustery showers and strong northwest winds. Winds ease and drier and sunny later.
Dress accordingly - plenty of layers, waterproofs and sunspecs.  Updates here

Cover
We will erect a large covered area.

 
TRANSPORT
To travel together from
Glasgow – call Terri 07702 / Jimmy 07749 139 597 /John 0784 555 0816
Edinburgh – call  Angus  07702 40 88 15
Ayshire - call Jim  07971 985 113

Trains run to Kilmarnock Railway Station from where cars will take people to Cowan's Law if you arrange in advance to Jimmy 07749 139 597
Full details here
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Buses
From Glasgow via Fenwick to Moscow from where cars will take people to Cowan's Law on request by text or call to
Stagecoach x77 Glasgow to Fenwick:    £4.60 single, £8.30 return
Bus - X77 - Glasgow - Ayr
    Service run by Stagecoach West Scotland
    7:35am     Depart Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station, Stance 4
    8:06am     Arrive Fenwick, Before Stewarton Road on M77 Slip Road

Liddell Coaches No. 345 Fenwick to Moscow - £1.60 single (no return fare)
Bus - 345 - Galston circular - Auchinleck
    Service run by Liddell Coaches
    8:16am     Depart Fenwick, opp Glebe Terrace on Main Road
    8:30am     Arrive Moscow, after Hemphill on A719

Car
Call the relevant number above to offer or ask for a seat in a car passing through your area to the JNF protest (share petrol costs)

For further information call Mick on 0795 800 2591 or any of the numbers given above.

If you want to join and make a contribution to the Stop the JNF Campaign - UK, the opportunity comes on Saturday in Edinburgh
Saturday 12 May

Stop the JNF Conference: No British funds for apartheid, colonisation and ethnic cleansing

Venue: Augustine United Church Centre, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh - £10 / £5
Register at the door, by Paypal, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9.30am - doors open & registration
10.00am Introduction & overview of the dayAugustine United Church

10.30am  Session 1
Dick Pitt: The JNF: a century of colonisation and apartheid
- Historical overview
- Role of the JNF
- Why campaign against the JNF

12noon    Lunch

12.45pm  Session 2
Eurig Scandrett & Zayneb Al-Shalalfeh: 'Greenwash' of the JNF's ethnic cleansing
Eurig is a member of Scottish Green Party & Friends of the Earth Scotland)
Zayneb Al-Shalalfeh speaks for Lifesource, a Palestinian water rights NGO

2.15pm     Break

2.35pm    Session 3
Building the campaign; building on success
Terry Gallogly / Mick Napier / Rab Paterson (Midlothian TUC) / Dave Black
- Trade unions
- Political parties
- Palestine solidarity groups
- Lobbying
- Plant a Tree in Palestine
- Delegations
- Membership

4.05-4.25pm      Break

4.25-5pm   Short session 4
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