Across the whole range of Palestine solidarity groups and networks in the UK, none could write or appear even once in White supremacist newspapers or social media; it is unthinkable. Any association with any brand of extreme right, racist formations would disgust and repel all those who currently give us active and passive support. It would be madness. While some extreme right groups cannot break from their tradition of open hatred of Jews, most have been attracted to a pro-Israeli stance by Israel’s frequent massacres and repression of Palestinians.

4th August, 2015

Dear Friends

We welcome the decision by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation to ensure that Palestine solidarity movements and groups in your coalition are in no way associated with racist and White supremacist elements.

We see a rising international movement of solidarity with the Palestinian people that needs to be developed and strengthened. It remains, however, an open question whether the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians across the whole of historic Palestine will be as successful as many earlier settler-colonial endeavours in Africa, Australia and the Americas, or be defeated by the struggle of Palestinians with world-wide support.

The struggle for Palestinian freedom is a struggle against Jewish privilege in the state and society enforced through both legal and extra-legal powers by a state that enjoys the military, political, economic and diplomatic support and complicity of both our governments. The European states have a longer history of direct colonialism and massive violence against all the peoples of the region than Israel’s current major aid donor.

Those of us who are international auxiliaries to that struggle for freedom from state-enforced racism see ourselves as part of, and draw strength from, a much wider movement against racism and aggressive wars, and for social justice. Conversely, the delivery of effective solidarity by supporters of Palestinian freedom becomes more difficult with the rise in influence of xenophobic, racist and anti-immigrant movements.

edl1(1)We oppose all manifestations of racism as often lethal for the targeted victims, and dangerous for society as a whole. This includes hatred of Jews as a population, rather than opposition to the settler-colonial project in Palestine. We see the former as an abomination and latter as a duty.

If healthy disgust at all racism is not sufficient, anyone claiming to support the Palestinian people needs to reflect on the symbiotic relationship between Zionism and anti-semitism and how the Palestinian people have been made to pay the price for European crimes against Jews.

Across the whole range of Palestine solidarity groups and networks in the UK, none could write or appear even once in White supremacist newspapers or social media; it is unthinkable. Any association with any brand of extreme right, racist formations would disgust and repel all those who currently give us active and passive support. It would be madness. While some extreme right groups cannot break from their tradition of open hatred of Jews, most have been attracted to a pro-Israeli stance by Israel’s frequent massacres and repression of Palestinians. They increasingly see Israel as a model for the kind of state they would like to establish here.

We applaud your efforts on behalf of the Palestinian people and look forward to our continued cooperation on their behalf.

With best wishes for the future.

Albie O'Neill
Secretary, on behalf of
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Building effective solidarity with the Palestinian people
c/o Peace & Justice Centre
2 Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ

www.scottishpsc.org.uk

 

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0 #3 Hal 2015-08-09 19:44
Dear SPSC,

You have an impressive organization, and I support you in your opposition to anti-Semitism. I would certainly not want to appear on such objectionable programs myself.

Many Solidarity activists however question what the impact will be on disowning anyone who has. How should we react to End the Occupation Policy Director Josh Ruebner's appearance as a guest speaker this June for the Maryland Constitution Party (1), whose Presidential Candidate complains about "elevating" minorities and whom the Human Rights Campaign considers White Supremacist? (2)

How should we view Alan Hart, a U.K. writer for Veterans Today, former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Independent Television News, and former BBC Panorama presenter specialising in the Middle East? The End the Occupation Campaign objected to Weir being listed as a columnist for Veterans News Now, an affiliate of Veterans Today.(3)
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0 #2 Bill Aldrich 2015-08-06 18:57
Great letter from the Scottishpsc. Racists, bigots, and others can replace the 'wildcard' (racial, socio-economic, tribal, etc.) name with another easily. That function is almost the same as the slew of trash novels following a bland theme where only the names and places change. How creative can one be before the mind slips into the mud (choose your flavor)?
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-1 #1 Isam Kamel 2015-08-05 07:15
Israel is a product of the old racism teaching in Europe based on "blood purity" and destruction of Palestinian lives, property, theft of freedom and lands.
I support humanism and universal values which is the opposite to Israel rough state/regime.
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