Highland Regional Councillors voted today in full Council to condemn “the Government of Israel for its continuing illegal occupation of Palestine’s East Jerusalem and the West Bank and for its continuing illegal blockade of Gaza”. The Councillors, departing from UK Government policy, also welcomed “the decision of the United Nations on 29 November 2012 to grant ‘non-member observer State’ to Palestine.” This decision of the Council provides a basis for current work across the region to extend the BDS campaign.
19 December 2013
Scottish Zionist leaders reacted to the impending vote in their usual irresponsible and reckless manner, defending Israeli crime by manipulating the fears of Scottish Jews. Three days before the vote, Scottish Council of Jewish Communities spokesperson Linda Martin warned darkly in the local press of possible physical attacks on Jews if Israel was criticised.
Ms Martin claimed somewhat disingenuously that “The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities has no collective view on Israeli policies.” Their claimed neutrality towards Israel’s crimes is manifestly untrue, however, since SCoJeC’s leaders never criticise any Israeli massacre and miss no opportunity to smear criticism of Israel with wholly fabricated claims of anti-semitism. These antics have laid SCoJeC’s leaders open to severe criticism from within the Scottish Jewish community.
Ms Martin (left) is not only dishonest; she is extremely reckless. She claims on behalf of SCoJeC who claim to speak for all Scottish Jews that she is “concerned at recent research findings that reveal verbal and sometimes physical attacks on Jewish people in Scotland because of their perceived identification with Israel”. Such efforts to implicate the Scottish Jewish community in the crimes of the state of Israel have been vigorously repudiated by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. She also claims that “disproportionate criticism levied at Israel by some politicians makes people feel alienated and vulnerable.” There is, however, no reputable research in the public domain that Scottish Jews are “physically...attacked because of their perceived identification with Israel”. If this were proven to be true, rather than manufactured by committed Zionists, Scottish PSC would vigorously condemn such violence. Perhaps Ms Martin can share her evidence with the public, bearing in mind that Zionists have a long record of exaggerating and welcoming real anti-semitism to support their efforts to persuade Jews to emigrate to Israel/Palestine. Political Zionists, open supporters of Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing, also whinge loudly and claim 'anti-semitism' to deflect the severe criticism their racist and violent ideology merits.
Highland Regional Council covers over a third of the Scottish mainland and is the seventh out of thirty two Scottish councils in population size.
While the Council stopped short of supporting BDS on this occasion, the Council vote took place without any preparatory work beforehand and thus casts a very bright light on the current state of British opinion at local government level. Zionists are acutely aware of the pariah status of Israel in popular opinion across the world and throughout the UK. How much longer will Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and the Charities Commission be able to protect the apartheid state from popular opinion as Israel crosses red line after line of sustained criminality? Only today the Zionist editors of the UK Jewish Chronicle warn of Israel's fears of a "sanctions tsunami" which Israeli Government advisors have warned "possesses strategic significance, and may develop into a comprehensive existential threat within a few years".
The lessons, therefore, are clear for those who support Palestinian freedom from Israel's mass and casual killings and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people - organise across Scotland, the UK and internationally to build the BDS campaign that is the ONLY thing that scares the killers and ethnic cleansers.
19 December 2013