A political space for debate and discussion in the Southern Highland village of Comrie
(22-24 June 2012) Organised by Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign 

Workshops on:

  • International law, human rights and the Palestinian freedom struggle
  • What is the Palestinian Authority for?
  • Israel and Palestine after a year of Arab Revolutions
  • Israel, the US and the EU
  • Zionism, Israel and the drive to war in the Middle East
  • Public opinion & the three-party UK consensus on Israel/Palestine?Comrie, Perthshire



Political discussion makes us stronger, better able to deal with issues inevitably thrown up in any dynamic campaign.  At these residential weekend discussions we agree and disagree; we explore the degree of consensus we can reach, and take note of the differences of opinion in our ranks.

Register now £35 for two nights accommodation and all discussions: e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
(All meals provided for a donation)

5th Boycott Israel Network Workshop
14-16 October 2011
Coalbrookdale Youth Hostel,1 Paradise, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7NR.

Cost: (including meals and hostel accommodation) £35 - There is a special rate of £25 for a limited number of places for students on a first come first served basis.

The Boycott Israel Network (BIN) is a coalition of civil society organizations from the UK and mainland Europe, that are committed to campaign for a comprehensive boycott of all Israeli goods and institutions (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions-BDS) until Israel ends the occupation of all Palestinian territories and fully abides by International Law.

This is the 5th BIN residential workshop . These workshops provide an opportunity for activists to come together over a weekend to exchange ideas, discuss progress, develop new projects and share best practice. They are also an opportunity for those who want to find out more about the BDS campaign to meet those with experience in BDS campaigning.

We invite students, trade unionists, environmental justice activists – all Palestine solidarity, human rights activists to join us at Coalbrookdale to participate in a discussion of the politics and actions to take us closer towards justice and freedom for Palestinians.

HOW TO BOOK

Places are limited so please book now to ensure a place.

Cheques for £35 made out to the Northern Palestine Solidarity Network to be sent to c/o York PSC (BIN 5), PO Box 423, York YO24 4WP, enclosing full contact details. Please email Terry Gallogly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm that your booking and payment have been posted.

 

 

shirheverEmbargo: Tuesday 22nd Feb 2011

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Media Release

ISRAELI ECONOMIST ON UK SPEAKING TOUR PROMOTES ISRAEL BOYCOTT

An Israeli economist and author who argues for boycott and sanctions against his own country is set to speak in Edinburgh on Thursday.

Shir Hever, author of 'The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation', is speaking on a 15-day UK tour organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC).

Hever, who works for the joint Palestinian/Israeli human rights organisation, The Alternative Information Centre, said, "External pressure, by using political and economic tools such as sanctions and boycott, returns the issues of civil rights and democracy to the fore, and deprives Israel of the option to use its military might to make the problem go away."

Hever may have influenced Edinburgh Council's recent decision not to award public service contracts to Veolia, after it emerged that the French multinational also provided similar services to Israel's illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine. He told council leaders that because of its "illegal activities in occupied East Jerusalem", contracting the French multinational "would run against the ethical values of the city of Edinburgh".

Thursday's meeting takes place at the Augustine Church on George IV Bridge, and starts at 7:30pm. The event is open to the public and entry is free.

Full tour details can be found on the SPSC website: www.scottishpsc.org.uk

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

1. The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign started in autumn 2000 in response to the Palestinian second uprising against Israeli occupation (Intifada). The SPSC has branches and groups of supporters in several Scottish cities and universities, as well as individual members across Scotland and elsewhere.

For further information, contact:
SPSC Chair, Mick Napier: 0131 620 0052; 07958002591
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.scottishpsc.org.uk

 

2. Shir Hever is an economic researcher with The Alternative Information Center (AIC). The AIC was established in 1984 by Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists as a binational organisation to promote the human and national rights of the Palestinian people and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis based on progressive principles and respect for international law.

The AIC's English language website can be found here: http://www.alternativenews.org/english/

Shir Hever's latest book, The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation, is published by Pluto Press (Aug 2010); details here: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745327945

Photos (free to use) on website version: http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=255&Itemid=100345

Interviews can be arranged on request.

 

3. The UK speaking tour, organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, runs between:
Thu 17 Feb – Thu 3 Mar 2011.

The tour is supported by various organisations, including Palestine Solidarity Campaign, PSC branches, Friends of Palestine branches, BRICUP, ICAHD UK, and Pluto Press.

This Thursday's Edinburgh meeting is supported by:
Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP):
http://sjp.eusa.ed.ac.uk/

Tour schedule:

- London: 17 Feb
6.30pm, Kings College London, Strand Campus, Room K4U.12.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Kings College Action Palestine and BRICUP

- New Lanark: 18-20 Feb
SPSC Residential Weekend - register here

- St Andrews: 21 Feb
5pm, St Andrews University, Parliament Hall, South Street.
SPSC St Andrews branch and Palestine Solidarity Student Society

- Dundee: 21 Feb
7.30pm, Dundee University, Dalhousie Building.
SPSC Dundee branch with Action Palestine and others

- Aberdeen: 22 Feb
12 noon, University Of Aberdeen, Meston Building, Room MT2(62).
SPSC Aberdeen branch

- Glasgow: 23 Feb
5pm, Caledonian University, George Moore Building.
SPSC Glasgow branch and Glasgow Caledonian University Dept of Economic Studies.

- Edinburgh: 24 Feb
7.30pm, Augustine Church Centre, George 1V Bridge.
SPSC Edinburgh branch, and Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine.

- York: 25 Feb
7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York.
PSC York branch

- Leeds: 26 Feb
1pm, Civic Hall, Calverley St.
PSC Leeds branch

- Sheffield: 27 Feb
2pm, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield.
PSC Sheffield branch

- Manchester: 28 Feb
7pm, Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Central Manchester.
PSC Manchester

- Liverpool: 1 Mar
7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool.
Liverpool Friends of Palestine

- Birmingham: 2 Mar
6pm, University of Birmingham, Arts Lecture Theatre LR7.
U of B Friends of Palestine Society

- Brighton: 3 Mar
7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton.
PSC Brighton branch

 

4. For information on Edinburgh Council's rejection of Veolia, see:

SPSC media release, 2010 Dec 13:
PALESTINE CAMPAIGNERS CLAIM BOYCOTT SUCCESS AS COUNCIL REJECTS CONTROVERSIAL BIDDER: http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3558:palestine-campaigners-claim-boycott-success-as-council-rejects-controversial-bidder&catid=255&Itemid=100345

Edinburgh Evening News, 15 December 2010;
Palestinian groups hail Veolia veto:
http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/edinburgh/Palestinian-groups-hail-Veolia-veto.6661340.jp

Edinburgh Evening News, 10 December 2010;
Council's £3m step to private services:
http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/Council39s-3m-step-to-private.6656546.jp

Shir Hever's involvement:
SPSC media release, 2010 Sep 14:
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP URGES LOCAL AUTHORITY TO BOYCOTT PALESTINE OCCUPATION FIRM:
http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3525:2010-sep-14-human-rights-group-urges-local-authority-to-boycott-palestine-occupation-firm&catid=255&Itemid=100345

Tuesday 6th September 2011

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Media Release

NOTICE OF SPSC PUBLIC MEETING IN EDINBURGH

Professor Haider Eid of al-Aqsa University in Gaza  The Edinburgh branch of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) are hosting a public meeting on Thursday with speakers from Gaza and Scotland.

Professor Haider Eid of al-Aqsa University in Gaza will discuss via video-link issues relating to the upcoming UN vote on Palestinian statehood, and the revelations earlier this year of the “Palestine Papers”.

Mick Napier. arrested at Ben Gurion Airport.

The meeting will be chaired by SPSC chair, Mick Napier. The Evening News revealed in July that the 64 year-old Edinburgh lecturer was jailed in Israel and deported back to Scotland after he told Tel-Aviv airport staff that he had been invited by Palestinian families to take part in a week of cultural activities and tree-planting in Bethlehem. 

Also speaking will be retired Scottish Government statistician, Frank Thomas, also deported alongside Napier, and Fiona Law, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement recently returned from the West Bank.

Frank Thomas, Secretary of SPSC Edinburgh

Thursday’s meeting begins at 7:30pm at Augustine Church in George IV Bridge, and is free to enter. More details are available on the SPSC website: www.scottishpsc.org.uk

 

ENDS

Notes for editors:

Above photos are free to use:

1. The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign started in autumn 2000 in response to the Palestinian second uprising against Israeli occupation (Intifada).
The SPSC has branches throughout Scotland, and members and supporters from Scotland and elsewhere.

For further information, contact:
SPSC Chair, Mick Napier: 0131 620 0052; 07958002591
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (default reply to this email)
Website: www.scottishpsc.org.uk


2. The meeting takes place on Thursday 8th September 2011 at 7:30pm at the Augustine Church on George IV Bridge.
Map: http://www.bing.com/maps/?where1=EH1%201EL,GB&lvl=15&FORM=MMREDIR


3. More details of the meeting on the SPSC website:
http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3681:edinburgh-public-meeting-israeli-apartheid-and-how-to-defeat-it&catid=247:notices-of-coming-events&Itemid=200705


4. Mick Napier and Frank Thomas were arrested, jailed, and deported back to Scotland in July this year. 13 Britons were amongst 700 mainly Europeans who were prevented from traveling to the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Edinburgh Evening News report:
Lecturer tells how group was imprisoned on Israel visit, 13 July 2011:
http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/Lecturer-tells-how-group-was.6800627.jp

SPSC report: http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3653:welcome-to-palestine-israel-arrests-jails-and-expels-internationals-en-route-to-bethlehem&catid=500:news&Itemid=200433

Thursday 20th January 2011

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Media Release

SCOTS PALESTINE GROUP TO HOST ANTI-WAR CONFERENCE

A campaign group is set to bring a range of international speakers to the Scottish capital next weekend to discuss "Palestine in the Context of the Drive to Permanent War".

As well as Gazan Professor Haidar Eid, the conference will hear from Iraqi author, Haifa Zangana, Glasgow-based Mohammed Asif of the Scottish Afghan Society, and US Iraq war veteran, Mike Prysner.

Iraq war veteran, Mike Prysner, being arrested for protesting the war
Prysner gained prominence when he wrote to film Director Michael Moore expressing his doubts about the war while still based in Iraq, describing President Bush as a "smirking commander-in-chief, thinking he was fooling a nation?" He later told of how he "threw families onto the street in Iraq, only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country [USA] in this tragic, tragic, unnecessary foreclosure crisis."

Conference organiser Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign said that the conference will locate Israel as "a key US asset in the drive to dominate the resources of the Middle East and beyond.

"While the devastation of Iraq by foreign armies continues, while the Afghan adventure produces a rising death toll and intensified resistance from Afghans, Israel openly threatens yet another invasion of neighbouring Lebanon, and has already begun covert attacks with the US on Iran to maintain its regional monopoly of nuclear WMDs."

The conference takes place on 29th and 30th January at St George's West Church, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh. Registration details are available at www.scottishpsc.org.uk

ENDS

Notes for editors:

1. The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign started in autumn 2000 in response to the Palestinian second uprising against Israeli occupation (Intifada). The SPSC has branches and groups of supporters in several Scottish towns, cities, and universities, as well as individual members across Scotland and elsewhere.

For further information, contact:
SPSC Chair, Mick Napier: 0131 620 0052; 07958002591

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (default reply to this email)
Website: www.scottishpsc.org.uk  

 

2. INTERVIEWS WITH SPEAKERS CAN BE ARRANGED ON REQUEST.

 

3. The Conference takes place on Sat/Sun 29th/30th Jan 2011 at:

St George's West Church,
58 Shandwick Place
Edinburgh
EH2 4RT

 

4. Full programme, including information on speakers, here:

http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3541:register-now-for-spsc-conferencepalestine-in-the-context-of-the-drive-to-permanent-war&catid=247:notices-of-coming-events&Itemid=200705 

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Saturday 29 Jan

9.15-10.00am
Registration

10.00am
Welcome

10-15-11.45am
Haidar Eid: Palestine in the context of the drive to war

12.00-1.30pm
Haifa Zangana: Imperial strategy in Iraq

2.30-4.00pm
Mohammed Asif: Invasion, occupation & resistance in Afghanistan

4.15pm
Plenary: Mohammed Asif, Haidar Eid, Mike Prysner, Haifa Zangana

 

Sunday 30 Jan

10.30- 11.00am
Coffee

11.00am-12.30pm
Speaker t.b.c Lebanon: Israeli war crimes and Lebanese resistance

12.45-2.15pm
Mike Prysner: Racism, imperialism, & permanent war

3.00-4.30pm
Plenary: Mohamed Asif, Haidar Eid, Mike Prysner, Haifa Zangana

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