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NATO, Ukraine, Israel, & Scottish Government boycott policy

TODAY - Sunday 31st August, 3pm
Glasgow Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, G2 4PS
The Western powers through NATO and Russia are fighting for their strategic interests in Ukraine. The Western press is remarkably silent on the influence of Neo-Nazi Svoboda in the Kiev Government and fighting alongside the Ukranian army against pro-Russian separatists. While thousands have died in the fighting, NATO support for that regime is complete. Svoboda openly praises its predecessor party that slaughtered Poles and Jews in enforcing the Nazi occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

The disaster in Ukraine could become a catastrophe if NATO and Russia escalate their conflict.

What has been NATO's role in the Ukraine and what does this mean for a unified UK after September 18th or an independent Scotland remaining in NATO? Since Israel is a virtual member of NATO both bilaterally from Tel Aviv and via its privileged position with the US, NATO's leading power, what will this mean for Scottish Government policy towards the occupied and violated people of Palestine?

Ray McGovern was a high level career CIA analyst who briefed US presidents. He will speak on NATO's role in the Ukraine.
Brian Larkin from the Peace & Justice Centre will speak on NATO, Scotland and Israel.

Brian Larkin from the Peace & Justice Centre will speak on NATO, Scotland and Israel.

Scottish PSC welcomes recent advice from the Scottish Government on trade and investment with companies active in illegal settlements. Suprisingly however, the Scottish Government is boycotting all Russian cultural events and opposes the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel.

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States come and go - it's people who are important

"The state formation that will follow the defeat of the Zionist programme of ethnic cleansing and mass killings is not for us to decide. The commitment to full human rights for Palestinians alongside Jews and to the dismantling of the structures of Jewish supremacy throughout Israel/Palestine is enough to guide a campaign of solidarity through the challenges we will face, including attacks from domestic supporters of Israeli apartheid."

Mick Napier
15 January 2010

Gone: a state set up by Western powers to deny national self-determination to the people of VietnamGone: a state set up by Western powers to deny national self-determination to the people of VietnamDuring an exhibition in the Scottish Parliament of Israel’s massacres in Gaza a year ago someone wrote in the visitor book of his fury at the crimes of the State of Israel. Faced with the evidence of Israel’s latest crimes against humanity, one individual wrote of his hope that Israel might disappear from the map. His sentence has been condemned by Jackson Carlaw MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) who condemned any call to 'wipe Israel off the face of the map' as incitment to 'genocide'. The Tory MSP went on to call on "as many Scots as possible" to participate in Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 events.

 Scottish PSC welcomes the call to participate in Holocaust memorial events and we have written to Mr. Carlaw inviting him to say a few words at one of the meetings where Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer will be speaking with Professor Haidar Eid from Gaza.*

At one level these accusations might well be no more than the usual Zionist attempt to change the subject, the inevitable accusations of anti-Semitism while Israel continues killing Palestinian Arabs in the name of all the Jews of the world while stealing more Palestinian land. The accusation convinces the naive, however, by confusing the democratic desire to redraw state boundaries to remove or create states and the long European tradition of mass extermination of subject populations, in particular the Nazi mass killing of European Jews.

When Israel wrote in letters of white phosphorous on the living bodies of Palestinian children in Gaza, our politicians were silent, and their party leaders actively supported the killers. UK Tory leader Cameron, for example, joined Brown in the absurd claim that Israel tried hard to avoid civilian casualties while dropping white phosphorous on crowded refugee camps. They thus signalled to Israel that killing Palestinians is acceptable to them, whereas capturing one Israeli occupation soldier is ‘terrorism’.
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Many of our politicians are woefully ignorant. Even they know, however, that states disappear from the map all the time. States are built, have a long or short life and often fracture or disappear. When this happens, some lament and others cheer, as was the case with the USSR, Pakistan, Yugoslavia, East Germany, South Yemen, Czechoslovakia, and others. Many nationalists are currently at work in Scotland, Wales, Quebec, the Basque country and elsewhere trying to break up the British, Canadian, Spanish and other states.

It is rather ironic for British politicians to defend the sanctity of existing states, especially the only one in the world with no fixed borders. All the current states in the Middle East were designed largely in London and Paris and forced upon the locals. The series of straight lines and jagged angles delineating, for example, the bizarre kingdom of Jordan is a clue to the impatience and arrogance of the European diplomats who worked on the concept.

Only a few decades ago, millions around the world successfully worked for the end of one particularly nasty little state, the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) which the US and European colonial powers had set up to thwart the Vietnamese independence struggle. The blood-soaked Republic of Vietnam (b. 26.10.55 – d. 30.05.75) was wiped off the map by the struggle of the Vietnamese and none now lament its passing.

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It is clear that wishing for the end of a State is sometimes the only decent thing to do, when that State’s raison d’etre is to deny basic democratic rights and is only viable on the basis of regular massacres and forced population transfers. Massive crimes against humanity were the stock in trade of the Republic of Vietnam and this is also the case with the apartheid State of Israel. Israel, as many now understand, was established in a process that ended up with the native people in refugee camps and European colonists living in stolen homes and on land they had ethnically cleansed.

States are not people and the needs of human beings are quite distinct from those of states. State worship is an ugly phenomenon and we need to put people first, before states. The bulldozer state of Israel, ever-expanding, ever ridding itself of Palestinian Arabs to preserve its fantasy ‘ethnic purity’ is not worth defending any more than the Republic of Vietnam, for such a 'defence' will entail yet further mass killings of the population that was driven out to clear the land for the colonists (today called ‘settlers’).

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Anyone who even asks whether Jews and Arabs can live together betrays a further woeful ignorance of history: for centuries Jews fled persecution in Europe to seek sanctuary in Muslim and Arab countries. Anyway, better ask Europeans if French, Germans, Poles and British can share the same polity despite centuries of repeated mutual slaughter.

History is brutal almost everywhere and many populations came to be where they are through inflicting great cruelty on native people: the Hebrew-speakers of Israel/Palestine are just one example. The ethnic cleansing of the Gaels of the North of Scotland is another example of a great historic crime, but that one and many others were completed before we were born and there is not much we can do about it, though it is essential to acknowledge it. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine, however, is not yet completed and we can make sure it does not succeed.

The state formation that will follow the defeat of the Zionist programme of ethnic cleansing and mass killings is not for us to decide. The commitment to full human rights for Palestinians alongside Jews and to the dismantling of the structures of Jewish supremacy throughout Israel/Palestine is enough to guide a campaign of solidarity through the challenges we will face, including attacks from domestic supporters of Israeli apartheid.

States come and go. State worship or even loyalty will distract us from the needs of real living people, and a commitment to universal human rights.

* Mr Carlaw urged "as many Scots as possible" to attend Holocaust Memorial Day events, but he himself was too busy to accept SPSC's invitation to join an Auschwitz survivor and a resident of Gaza to speak of the lessons of the Holocaust to many Scots.

Mick Napier
Chair, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
15 January 2010