Speaker tour with Goretti Horgan and Eamonn McCann
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th October 2014

Friday 24th October, 7.30pm, GLASGOW
Venue: Glasgow City UNISON Office, 84 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ
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Saturday 25th October, 2pm, Dundee
Venue: Baxter Suite 1.36, Tower Building, University of Dundee, Nethergate, DD1 4HN
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Sunday 26th October, 2pm, EDINBURGH
Venue: Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG
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This summer, as Israel devastated Gaza, killing over 2000 Palestinians and maiming thousands more, Scots demonstrated in their thousands in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel. The Scottish Government has called for an end to arms sales to Israel.

In August Scottish PSC Fife organised a demonstration in Glenrothes, where one of the world’s biggest arms companies, Raytheon, has a plant. Other firms with bases in Scotland, Denchi Power and Selex, also sell military hardware to Israel. Following a similar action at Elbit Systems, an Israeli arms plant near Birmingham, activists from Glasgow Palestine Action were arrested in September for actions at the entrance and rooftop of a Thales plant near Glasgow. Elbit and Thales are working together to make the next generation of ‘Watchkeeper’ drones, a contact worth £1 billion.

Joining UK-wide actions since the summer, which included Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scottish PSC Aberdeen have organised ongoing protests at Barclays Bank, the main institutional shareholder in Elbit and some of the world’s largest arms companies. Barclays PLC is the named owner of over 50,000 shares in Elbit Systems.

This speaking tour is a chance for us to hear from the inspiring Raytheon Derry campaign and is an opportunity to share ideas and build a sustained campaign to end Scottish arms sales to Israel.

Goretti Horgan is a Derry based socialist, trade unionist, women's rights activist and social policy researcher/lecturer at the University of Ulster. She was one of the ‘Raytheon 9’ women, members of the Derry Anti War Coalition, charged with burglary and attempted criminal damage as a result of their occupation of the Raytheon plant in Derry on 12 January 2009 during Israel’s assault on Gaza. The nine women entered the building that housed Raytheon and chained themselves to each other and to the internal doors leading to Raytheon's part of the building. Five men were also arrested while demonstrating outside in support of the women.

A jury in Belfast Crown Court acquitted the ‘Raytheon 9’ women. Three of the men arrested were also acquitted while two were convicted of minor offences. In 2010 Derry campaigners won a massive victory when Raytheon closed down its Derry plant.

In August 2006, Eamonn McCann, journalist and socialist activist, was one of nine male protesters, also known as the ‘Raytheon 9’, who were charged with £350k worth of criminal damage after deliberately sabotaging Raytheon’s mainframe computer. This action was a direct response to Israel’s targeting of residential apartments in Qana, Lebanon, when 28 civilians were killed with a Raytheon “Bunker Buster” bomb.

In June 2008 the ‘Raytheon 9’ were acquitted unanimously by a Belfast jury after it accepted that the action was being done in order to prevent further loss of life. During the same trial, representatives from Raytheon had to admit that they had continued to supply weaponry to Israel in spite of evidence that it was being used to commit war crimes.

Organised by Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, initiated by the newly established Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign Women’s Committee

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 Arab Palestinians in the Holy Land - Shared Struggle & Resistance‏‏
Speakers:
Rev Loren McGrail - St Andrew’s Scots Church Jerusalem &
Mohamed Moutaly, a political refugee living in the USA, unable to get a visa to travel here

Sunday 25th May            Kirkcaldy          6.00pm St Clair Hall , 258 St Clair St. KY1 2DB
Monday 26th May           Edinburgh         7.00 for 7.30pm St Johns Church Hall, Princes St. EH2 4BJ
Tuesday 27th May          Glasgow           7.00 for 7.30pm
Renfield Centre 260 Bath St. G2 4HZ
Wednesday 28th May     Oban                details t.b.c.

Loren works with the YWCA of Palestine helping them with their advocacy work, to connect their program work to their advocacy for peace with justice. She will speak on the current initiatives to divide Muslims and Christians; the attacks on holy sites and places of worship including her witness of worshippers denied access to the Al-Aqsa mosque; the ongoing popular resistance and the global BDS movement.

“We must put our ear to the ground and hear the marching steps of both the soldiers coming for yet another early morning raid and children playing in a dusty alleyway. We must put our ear to the ground and hear the buzz of a Caterpillar bulldozer demolishing another home and a group of men dancing the dakbe at a wedding. We must put our ear to the ground and hear the cries of a woman who is crying herself to sleep because her husband, her son, her daughter has just been arrested without charge and is now being tortured in a prison somewhere she can’t get to.”

This is a valuable opportunity to hear from someone working at the heart of the Christian community in Jerusalem who witnesses the injustices inflicted upon Palestinians.

Organised by Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign scottishpsc.org.uk
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Archbishop Attallah Hanna will be speaking at meetings in Scotland during July 14-21 on the same topics.          
Contact: 
Kirkcaldy   Basheer 07826 380 979        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Glasgow   David      07580 690092
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Edinburgh Albie      07725 47 00 71     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Our religions do not divide us; as Palestinians we are proud of Christianity as we are proud of Islam. We are proud of the Palestinian Christian as we are proud of the injured Al Aqsa. We are proud of our land because it is the land of awareness, the land of the holy places, the land of our roots. It is the land we belong to. Our origin and identity. This is Palestine."

Archbishop Atallah Hanna will visit Scotland for a week from July 14-21 to describe the current acceleration of Israeli ethnic cleansing operations and the Israeli Government's latest efforts to divide Christian and Muslim citizens of Israel. 

A strong and clear voice for Palestinian freedomArchbishop Atallah Hanna of Sebastia, from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem is one of the Palestinian authors of the Kairos Declaration, which articulates the consensus views of all Palestinian Christians. 

He spoke at the Al Awda conference, “60 Years of forced exile; time for return”, during which he insisted:

“The Palestinian people has not known one day of sectarianism.  Before I came here I went on a visit to the village of Al Birweh.  And I led prayers over the ruins of its church and mosque, and we raised the Palestinian flag and we announced that the people of Al Birweh and all the villages that were dispossessed of their people in 1948 must return, and we will not accept any peace without the return of all Palestinians to their homeland and homes.”

A big solidarity welcome on Monday 9.00pm
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Monday 14th July
Welcome Atallah Hanna from Palestine to Scotland - Edinburgh Airport 9.00pm. Bring banners and placards to International Arrivals

                             

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"The Palestinian Right of Return is Non-negotiable"
                                     Archbishop Atallah Hanna

                                 co-author of Kairos Palestine Call

Wednesday 16th July 7.30pm Dundee Marryatt Hall, Caird Hall,  City Square, DD1 3BB
Saturday 19th July 5.00pm     Glasgow Adelaides, 209 Bath St, G2 4HZ
Sunday 20th July 5.00pm        Edinburgh Augustine Church, George IV Bridge EH1 1EL

 

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Tuesday 15th July Meeting with Scottish Christian leaders hosted by Church of Scotland
Edinburgh
Wednesday 16 July 11.00am Event in Dunblane Cathedral
Thursday 17th July 7.00 for 7.30pm Meeting for Palestinians in Scotland (Arabic)  St John's Church Hall, Princes Street/Lothian Rd, Edinburgh   Followed by iftar (9.50)
Friday 18th July 7.00pm Meeting with Scottish imams. Ahl Al Bait Society, 25 Woodside Place, Glasgow G3 7QL

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After his arrest by the Israeli authorities in 2002, Archbishop Hanna denounced the

“Israeli desire to conceal the Christian dimension of the Palestinian issue. Israel attempts to present this conflict as a Jewish-Moslem religious conflict, and it also attempts to neutralize the Christian position, and therefore it is irritated by the growing Christian voices raised on the Palestinian issue. We have always asserted that the Church in Palestine is there to serve all Palestinians for it is a church for the people. It is also a church that is deeply rooted in this land and the Arab Palestinian Christians and Moslems who live in it.”

Easter 2014 in Palestine
‘Every Easter we hope for the resurrection of our people as a free nation’, said a Palestinian official yesterday, but Israel again prevented most Palestinian Christians from attending religious ceremonies in Jerusalem, part of the continuing Israeli effort to diminish the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem.

With transparent dishonesty, Israel claimed the ban on large numbers of Palestinian worshippers, both Christian and Muslim, was for reasons of safety but large numbers of foreign tourists poured into the Old City unimpeded.

Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna condemned the barriers to Palestinian Christians wishing to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem: "It is the right of every Christian to reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without facing any obstacles, or impediments. The Israeli security pretexts are unacceptable in every way. We call on our sons, churches and followers to head to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and hold on to this religious and national right and refuse the status quo imposed by the occupation authorities".

A statement yesterday from Palestinian Christian Organizations in Occupied East Jerusalem denounced Israeli restrictions on their right to worship in the city, calling for an end to discrimination against both Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem: "The restrictive measures constitute grave violation on the freedom of worship, and amount to discrimination against Christians because the occupation authorities want to negate Christian presence and create the impression of a Jewish-only city,” adding that  both Christians and Muslims are often "unable to worship freely and to be with their families and friends" during religious holidays because of Israel's actions. Israeli police also violently attacked Muslim worshippers today in the Al Aqsa Mosque and took away 25 young Palestinian men.

The UN peace envoy protested Israel’s “unacceptable behaviour”.

Last Easter, Israeli forces erected checkpoints around Jerusalem and assaulted pilgrims as they crowded in the area. A statement signed by the heads of all the churches in Palestine denounced "awful scenes of the brutal treatment to both clergy and lay worshippers in Jerusalem during Holy Saturday," noting that both clergy and lay worshippers "are beaten brutally and indiscriminately and denied access to their churches under the pretext of keeping order."Israel had to apologise to Egypt afterIsraeli police officers attacked Egyptian diplomats and a Coptic clergyman at a church in Jerusalem during Orthodox Easter. Even the US State Department in 2012 noted that"strict closures and curfews imposed by the Israeli government negatively affected residents' ability to practice their religion."

 

 

Glenshee from the SpittalGulabin Lodge, From 5pm Friday 20th-1pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Take time to discuss and debate important issues that inform nature of our solidarity with Palestinians.

Registration £40 / £30 unwaged - fee includes accommodation & meals for the whole weekend

Full programme will be posted here when it is ready. If there is a particular topic that you would like to see on the programme, get in contact.

Register now and we will help to organise car share. Limited places available!

To register send your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., then follow the link to pay the registration fee OR send a cheque, payable to 'Scottish PSC' and send to:
Scottish PSC
c/o Peace & Justice Centre
Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ

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Israel's Ethnic Cleansing: A Case Study
An eye-witness report from the Palestinian village of Susya
Ron Taylor

Zanuta shepherd, Suleiman, on the left with Hebden Bridge's Ron TaylorIsrael is escalating its never-ending attacks on the people of Gaza. Most of Gaza's residents are refugees or the children and grandchildren of the Palestinian refugees driven from their homes, villages and towns in present day Israel by Zionist waves of ethnic cleansing from 1948 until the present.

Those who cover this up are also complicit in Israel's current ethnic cleansing operations throughout the areas it its military controls. Ron Taylor will be speaking at meetings across Scotland on one example; the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian village of Susya. He wrote last year while working in Susya with a group called Ta'ayush, an Arab-Jewish partnership, that "the ethnic-cleansing of Palestinians in the West Bank will continue unabated. In fact some settlers have even found a new way to steal land: the video below was made by Ta'ayush and a B'tselem activist. It shows top soil being taken away from Palestinian land near Susya to be transported to the illegal settlement of the same name. http://youtu.be/2BAt2Hzp7TI

The Palestinian Susya is a community constantly under threat and is a place where Ta'ayush has operated for many years. In fact, the whole village is in danger of being wiped from the map. Most of its buildings are now under the threat demolition - a further 34 demolition orders were issued by the Israeli military a few weeks ago."

All meetings (except Aberdeen) are at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

  • Mon 31st March, Berwick upon Tweed Peace Church, Church Street TD15 1DQ
  • Tues 1st April, Edinburgh, St John's Church, Princes Street
  • Wed 2nd April, Stirling – Raploch Community Campus Building, Drip Road, Stirling
  • Thurs 3rd April, Inverness Spectrum Centre
  • Fri 4th April, Forres, Forres The Tollbooth High St.
  • Mon 7th April, 6.30pm  Aberdeen Unite Office, 42 King St.
  • Tues 8th April, Dundee Community Centre, Guthrie Street
  • Wed 9th April, STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow
  • Thurs 10th April, Dumfries Multicultural Association, Old Assembly Close, Irish Street