palestinefreedomFrom 6pm, Fri 18th – 12noon, Sun 20th February 2011;
New Lanark Youth Hostel
 

Re-thinking Palestine Solidarity - Moving forward during the Arab Revolutions

The revolutions in the Arab world are transforming the political landscape across the entire region.  For five years SPSC had to fight to win the argument for the centrality of BDS as the key form of solidarity.  Now we need to link BDS and our wider activity to an Arab democratic revolution that will spread from the Atlantic to the Euphrates and includes Palestinians.

The Arab revolution for democracy already confronts the US, the EU and Britain as defenders of restructured dictatorship.  Palestinians inside Israel, Gaza and the West Bank are already demonstrating for democracy, in solidarity with Egypt and Tunis, are growing in confidence by the day, and confronting Zionist racism as well as repression from both the PA and Hamas.

revolutioninegyptWe have no ready-made manual to steer us through the exhilarating rapids of this revolution.  The weekend in New Lanark will be your opportunity to join in a discussion and shape the consensus that will enable us to continue to provide effective solidarity to the Palestinian people.

Friday: from 6pm
Welcome
Short films & discussion
Basic housekeeping

Saturday: sessions 1½ hour each

9.30-11am
Palestine solidarity in a time of revolutions

11-11.30am
Break

11.30am-1pm
Economics of BDS (Shir Hever)

1-2pm
Lunch

2-3.30pm
Learning the lessons of activity - A BDS case study: the SPSC Veolia campaign in Edinburgh

3.30-4pm
Break

4-5.30pm
Local groups & fresh ideas for future campaigning - break out sessions where people could join in small groups to discuss, then come back for chat.

With half hour to hour to sum up day.

6/6.30pm Finish

7.30pm
Dinner

Sunday

8.30-10am
Campaigning & our rights

10-10.30am
Break

10.30-11.30am
Working with the media

11.30am-12pm
Results 2010 & Prospects 2011

Donation towards food: min £5

£20 registration fee for event (includes Frid & Sat accommodation; SPSC have exclusive hire of the hostel)

 

REGISTER FOR THE WEEKEND

Use the link below to pay online. Alternatively send a cheque enclosed with your details to:

Scottish PSC
c/o Peace & Justice Centre
Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4BJ

Cheques should be made payable to 'Scottish PSC'. Please mark the envelope 'Scottish PSC Residential Weekend'.

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Friday 13th August 2010; NO EMBARGO

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Media Release
 
PALESTINE GROUP HOSTS OUTSPOKEN ISRAELI JOURNALIST
 
An outspoken Israeli journalist will speak in Edinburgh on Wednesday as part of a Scottish speaking tour organised by a pro-Palestine group.
 
Gideon Levy will discuss his latest book, The Punishment of Gaza, at St Georges West church in Shandwich Place (7.30pm), and will be joined on stage by Palestinian Scot, Khaled Al Awasi, from Hebron in the West Bank.
 
The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) have also organised an exhibition of Gazan children’s art, put together by acclaimed artist, Rod Cox. The “Loss of Innocence” exhibition can be viewed in Edinburgh on Wednesday between 12noon and 7pm at the Coates Crescent venue, with a guided tour by the artist at 5.30pm.
 
Both events are open to the public and entry is free.
Details of other Scottish dates can be found at 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. The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has organised a three-city speaking tour with Gideon Levy:
Dundee: Monday 16 August, 7.30pm, Tower Building, University of Dundee
Glasgow, Tuesday 17 August, 7.30pm, Renfield St Stephens, 260 Bath St, G2 4JP
Edinburgh, Wednesday 18 August, 7.30pm, St Georges West, Shandwick Pl
 
 
3. Gideon Levy is a journalist with the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.
His latest book is entitled The Punishment of Gaza, and is published by Verso.
 
From the publishers:
From 2005—the year of Gaza’s “liberation” —through to 2009, he tracks Israel’s abandonment of the pretense of diplomacy in favor of a policy of provocation and raw military power, with the ultimate aim of denying Palestinians any chance of forming their own independent state. Punished by Israel and the Quartet of international powers for the democratic election of Hamas, Gaza has been transformed into the world’s largest open-air prison. From Gazan families struggling to cope with the random violence of Israel’s blockade and its “targeted” assassinations, to the machinations of legal experts and the continued connivance of the international community, every aspect of this ongoing tragedy is eloquently recorded and forensically analyzed.
 
 
 
4. Khaled Al Awasi is a Palestinian Scot whose brother, Ali, was part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla attacked by Israeli troops on May 31st 2010. Nine Turkish human rights activists were killed.
 
 
5. The exhibition of Gazan children’s art is entitled: Loss of Innocence, and is compiled by acclaimed artist, Rod Cox, and sponsored by UNESCO.
 
Background by Rod Cox:
The Exhibition comprises about 50 pictures, drawn, painted or crayoned by children in Gaza, some immediately after, or even during the Assault by Israel on Gaza over the New Year 2008/9, and some drawn a little later. The later pictures were either drawn as part of a programme of Psycho-Social Help for the Traumatised Children, or by children who were specifically asked by me to set out their feelings for the benefit of Westerners understanding.
 
 
6. Loss of Innocence Exhibition Venues:
Dumfries: Sunday 15th Aug, 10am to 7pm, Coach & Horses Coffee Shop, White Sands. 
Exhibition tour by Rod Cox 7-8pm.
 
Dundee:  Monday 16 August, 12 noon to 7pm, Tower Building, University of Dundee
Exhibition tour by Rod Cox: 5.30pm

Glasgow, Tuesday 17 August, 12 noon to 7pm, Renfield St Stephens, 260 Bath St, G2 4JP
Exhibition tour by Rod Cox: 5.30pm

Edinburgh, Wednesday 18 August, 12 noon to 7pm, Coates Crescent (by Shandwick Pl).
Exhibition tour by Rod Cox: 5.30pm

 

Media Release: Wed Jan 20th 2010
Holocaust Survivor starts UK tour at Edinburgh Sheriff Court
 
One of the few remaining survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp will begin a ten-day speaking tour of the UK and Ireland at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow.hajomeyersm.jpg
 
Hayo Meyer, an outspoken critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, is expected to attend court to show support to 5 pro-Palestine campaigners accused of “racially aggravated conduct” for their disruption of a concert by an Israeli group.
 
The campaigners, all members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC), stood up during the Aug 2008 Edinburgh Festival performance of the Jerusalem Quartet and made statements including “End the Siege of Gaza—Boycott Israel!” They were originally charged with Breach of the Peace, but in the wake of last year’s violence in Gaza which took the lives of 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, the charge was changed to the more serious one.
 
A statement from the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, of which Meyer is a member, backed the campaigners: “As Jews for whom the State of Israel does not speak, we commend the actions of the SPSC. In these actions we see a consistent commitment to anti-racist politics and practice. Demonstrating against Israel is not the same as demonstrating against Jews.”
 
Meyer survived almost a year in the notorious Nazi death camp, after being caught by the Gestapo in 1944. It is estimated that of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, around 1 million died in Auschwitz. Most died in the gas chambers, but many others died of starvation and forced labour.
 
SPSC chair, Mick Napier, is one of those facing the racist charge: “We are delighted to have the support of Hajo Meyer in the courtroom, and Palestinians are happy to have him as an ally in their cause. Hajo knows that Israel has a long history of abusing the tragic history of the Holocaust in order to suppress legitimate criticism of its own crimes. Especially since Gaza, people are no longer taken in by their claim that anyone that criticises Israel is anti-Semitic.”
 
The speaking tour, entitled “Never Again—For Anyone” will begin properly in Glasgow University on Thursday evening before taking in Dundee University on Friday and returning to Edinburgh for an afternoon meeting on Saturday. The tour ends in Dublin on Jan 30th after visiting various venues across the UK. Meyer will be joined by Dr Haidar Eid who will speak via live-link from his Gaza university.
 
The meetings are all open to the general public and entry is free. The three Scottish venues include:
Thurs 21st, 7.30pm: Glasgow University, Charles Wilson Building
Fri 22nd, 7.30pm: Dundee University, D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre
Sat 23rd, 2pm: Edinburgh, Augustine Church, George IV Bridge
Full tour details can be found 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 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. The speaking tour lasts ten days and includes the following venues:
21/1: Glasgow, 7.30pm, Glasgow  University, Charles Wilson Building
22/1: Dundee, 7.30pm, D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Tower Building, Perth Road (hosted by Dundee University Stop the War Society)
23/1: Edinburgh, 2pm, Augustine Church, George IV Bridge
24/1: Sheffield
25/1: Liverpool
26/1-28/1: London
29/1: Belfast
30/1: Dublin
 
 
3. Dr. Hayo Meyer was born in 1924 in Bielefeld, Germany. Not allowed to attend school there after November 1938, he fled to the Netherlands, alone. In I944, after a year in the underground, he was caught and subsequently survived 10 months at Auschwitz. He lives in the Netherlands, where he works as publicist and essayist. A member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), Hajo Meyer is on the board of the Dutch group “A Different Jewish Voice”, part of the coalition of European Jews for Just Peace. He is the author of three books, on Judaism, Holocaust and Zionism.
 
 
4. Dr. Haidar Eid is Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza Strip, Palestine. Dr. Eid is a founding member of the One Democratic State Group (ODSG) and a member of Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).
 
 
5. The case against the 5 SPSC members will be heard at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday and Friday 21st + 22nd January 2010 at 10am for a Diet of Debate.
 
 
6. The Jerusalem Quartet performs around the world as cultural ambassadors of Israel. Their August 29th 2008 performance took place at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. As well as the disruption inside the venue, a simultaneous protest took place outside the event.
 
 
7 The Aug 29th protest was endorsed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI):http://www.pacbi. org/campaign_ statement. htm
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) fully endorses the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign's call on the Edinburgh Festival to withdraw its invitation to the Jerusalem Quartet.  Members of this Israeli Quartet began their career with active service in the Israeli army, where they served as "Distinguished Musicians," enjoying the sponsorship of mainstream Israeli cultural institutions such as the Jerusalem Foundation, which regards them as "prestigious cultural ambassadors, representing Israel and Jerusalem."
From the beginning, the Quartet's international tours have been actively promoted by the Israeli government. As such, and since the Quartet has not taken any clear position on the various forms of oppression of the Palestinian people, PACBI supports the Scottish PSC's call to boycott the Jerusalem Quartet as an institution that is complicit in maintaining Israel's occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.

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13-15 August, Glen Prosen youth hostel / camping in Scottish highlands
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‘Ideas for a Successful Palestine Solidarity Campaign’

 

Provisional timetable:

 

Friday

7.00pm    Israel & Palestine - introductory discussion

  • What is Israel? A settler colonial state? Apartheid? Something worse? Democratic?
  • Is Israel guilty of ethnic cleansing and/or genocide?
  • The US-Israeli relationship – Is Israel still a strategic asset to the USA?
  • Israel/Palestine and the wider drive to war


Saturday
 

 

9.00am     Palestine

  • (How) Can Palestinians ever win their freedom?
  • Palestinian resistance – civil society & the BNC
  • Resistance – Hamas & Hezbollah
  • Palestinian self determination, the ‘two-state solution’, and alternatives.
  • What is the Palestinian Authority?

 

11.00am     Palestine solidarity in Britain

  • What is our role now that Israel is widely seen as a pariah state
  • How do British political formations line up on the issue of Palestine?
  • Does the UK Israel lobby determine UK policy?
  • British Government complicity abroad and repression of solidarity at home
  • The JNF

 

1-2.30 Lunch

2.30pm     Campaigning issues

  • Who are our audience?
  • How do we relate to the Media?
  • Lobbying elected representatives


4.30pm      Reflections on the event so far

 


Sunday   

10.00am   Zionism

  • Zionism from Herzl to Netanyahu
  • The JNF, Histadrut and other Zionist para-Statals
  • Zionism – right & left
  • Zionism & anti-Semitism

12-1 Reflections on the event

1.00pm    END

 

Suggested reading list for those in a hurry!


Israel:  a settler colonial state


Is Israel guilty of ethnic clea
nsing and/or genocide?


The US-Israeli relationship – Is Israel still a strategic asset to the USA?


Palestine solidarity and the wider drive to war


Palestinian resistance – civil society & the BNC


Hamas

Hezbollah


Palestinian self determination, solutions


What is the Palestinian Authority?


Palestine solidarity in Britain: What is our role?

Are we a human rights campaign only?


A peace campaign?


How do British political formations line up on the issue of
Palestine?
 


Does the UK Israel lobby determine UK policy?


The JNF

How do we relate to the Media?

Zionism – before the rise of Hitler

Zionism – right & left

 

Zionism & anti-Semitism

BDS Weekend: 26-28 March 2010     REGISTRATIONS CLOSED

  • Working on a strategy to defeat Israeli apartheid
  • Taking forward the strategy and practical goals of the Cairo Declaration
  • Participating groups and individuals from across the UK, Ireland  & beyond

 

Building on the success of the Wooler BDS weekend, the Coalbrookdale weekend workshops will bring together activists from all over Britain and abroad. This will be a Coalbrookdale Youth Hostel, 1 Paradise, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7NRkey event where we can share best practice, discuss tactics and develop a co-ordinated boycott divestment and sanctions strategy for 2010.

The accommodation will be in Youth Hostel with en-suite facilities in all rooms. We will have sole use of the building. Simple meals will be available.
Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a report of the proceedings.


Participants include:
Action Palestine
BDS France
BRICUP (British Committee for Universities in Palestine)
CAPJO-EuroPalestine
French Coalition Against Agrexco
Friends of Al Aqsa
Dutch BDS Coalition
Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods
Northern Palestine Solidarity Network
Norwegian Committee on Palestine (Bergen)
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Sheffield PSC
United 4 Palestine
War on Want
endorsed by Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Time and Location
The workshop will take place at the Coalbrookdale Youth Hostel which is located half a mile from Ironbridge village. The hostel can be reached by an hourly bus from Telford Station (6 miles away) which has a direct train service from London and Birmingham. Car parking for 12 cars is available at the hostel. Other cars can park in the nearby museum car park. This is locked overnight, but still allows continued access to your car.

The workshop will commence at 7pm on Friday evening (with a social event) and end at 3pm on Sunday.

Booking
*** The event is now fully booked *** 
To get on the waiting list please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will contact you if there are cancellations and spaces become available.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE:   

Friday 7pm    
Welcome and housekeeping: Plan for the weekend

Saturday 9am - 10.30am: Session 1      
Moving forward from Cairo Declaration:
- The Cairo Declaration - the outcome of international co-operation during The Gaza Freedom March – an important step forward for BDS.
- Building BDS: expanding the network and campaigning to a wider constituency – activist groups, including faith groups, grassroots trade union members, on campus, other societies/campaigns/NGOs, etc.   

Saturday 11am - 12.30pm: Session 2    
An integrated approach to the boycott of Israeli goods:
- How the trade union movement, activist groups and consumers can work together to build a co-ordinated approach for the prevention of the import, handling and sale of Israeli goods throughout Europe, e.g. Carmel-Agrexco campaign.
- Maximising involvement: direct action, filming etc.
- How to deal with legal issues: private/public property etc. 

Saturday 12.30 - 1.30pm            Lunch

Saturday 1.30 - 3pm: Session 3
Acting against Israeli war criminals:
This session will discuss how to defend Universal Jurisdiction and intensify and broaden its targets in order to extend the threat of legal action deeper in to Israeli Society.

Saturday 3.30 - 5pm: Session 4 
The International Campaign against the JNF (Jewish National Fund):
- Looking toward the international JNF conference, May 8/9 in Edinburgh.
- Challenging the JNF in the UK.

Saturday 5 – 5.30pm
Reflections on the day.                                  

Sunday 9 - 10.30am: Session 1           
Best practice in the academic, cultural & sports boycott:
- Practical application of boycott consistent with PACBI guidelines.
- The academic boycott on campus: for students and academics.
- Dealing with cultural visits to and from Israel.
- The sports boycott. 
- Questions on ‘normalisation’.

Sunday 11am - 12.30pm: Session 2
Divestment
- How best to go about developing divestment campaigns.
- Research, building up a data base and developing ideas for a sustained campaign.
- Grassroots street activism: public awareness raising, targeting the company, its shareholders, those with equity through pension funds which include the churches, universities, trade unions, financial institutions etc.
- Lobbying politicians, working/forming alliances with other BDS campaigners/NGOs etc, options for legal actions, taking complaints to the OECD, Human Rights Commissions etc.

Sunday 12.30 – 2.00pm
   
Working Lunch: Dealing with the counter-attack to BDS:
- This session will pool experience and advice on how to counter attacks on the BDS campaign & activists.
- Attack on Palestinian activists.
- Dealing with organised Zionist groups on campus and in trade unions.
- Use of media and the law against BDS campaign.
- Dealing with branding of BDS as part of the ‘new anti-Semitism’.
- Responding to arguments for Palestinian/Israeli partnerships vs. BDS, e.g. Histadrut, One Voice.

Sunday 2 – 3.30pm
UK & International Co-ordination for BDS action:
- International South African/Palestinian trade union speaking tour
- Co-ordinated actions: Israeli Apartheid Week, Week of Action Against the Wall, Nakba commemoration, etc.?

ENDS  

 

 

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