Listed below are some of the events and activities that took place in Scotland during 2012, some involving Scotish PSC branches and members.
SPSC Aberdeen organise a solidarity delegation to Palestine.
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:
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.
16 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.
Saturday 9th June (DUNDEE)
Tayside for Justice
Monday 11th June (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.
Scottish PSC Aberdeen
Tuesday 12th June (GLASGOW)
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.
Glasgow Caledonian University Students for Palestinian Rights
Glasgow University Palestine Society
Strathclyde University Students for Justice in Palestine
General Union of Palestinian Students
Scottish Friends of Palestine
Unison Glasgow City Trade Union Branch
We Are All Hana Shalabi network
Thursday 14th June (EDINBURGH)
Scottish PSC Edinburgh
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We will erect a large covered area.
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
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
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
9.30am - doors open & registration
10.00am Introduction & overview of the day
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
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
2.35pm 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
- Plant a Tree in Palestine
4.25-5pm Short session 4
Next steps & closing
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.