BREAKING NEWS... Scottish Government strongly discourages trade with illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  “The exploitation of assets in illegal settlements by any company is likely to constitute “grave professional misconduct” for the purposes of procurement legislation.

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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Protests cause Israel cricket match in Glasgow to be cancelled

2 August 2006
Press Release from Muslim Association of Britain  

Antiwar campaigners have been informed by police that tomorrow’s scheduled cricket match involving Israel in Glasgow has been cancelled. The organisers were unable to find a venue large enough for the planned protests.

However, the matches on Saturday and Sunday are still on, though antiwar groups are maintaining that they should be cancelled given the ongoing situation in Lebanon.

Commenting, Osama Saeed of the Muslim Association of Britain said:

“This is fabulous news, though we would wish that the decision had been taken earlier by the organisers on the grounds of principle rather than practicality. There’s a war taking place at the moment, with Israel as the aggressor, and it’s insensitive for them to being playing cricket in Glasgow at the moment. We hope that the same decision will be taken on the weekend matches.”

Nicola Fisher of the Stop the War Coalition said:

“We’re pleased the match has been cancelled as we don’t believe Israel should be afforded the legitimacy of taking part in these sporting occasions. The European Cricket Council should cancel the other matches involving Israel too.”

Bilal Anwar of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies said:

“This is a victory for peace-loving Glaswegians who have tried to stop this match. The message to all Israeli institutions is that they’re not welcome in Glasgow.”

Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign said:

“Twice in the same day, amidst concerns for the security of their games, the Israeli cricket team in Glasgow has cancelled the venues it had been allocated to play. They shifted yesterday to the Glasgow Academicals ground, protected by a brutal two metre spiked fence perimeter, and then cancelled even this arrangement.

“The security concerns are the result of widespread revulsion among the public over the massacres by Israeli soldiers of Lebanese and Palestinians – they fear, correctly, that the appearance of off-duty Israeli soldiers in cricketing whites will provoke widespread protests.  They are right.  The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls for intensified pressure to have this tour cancelled by the cricketing authorities and the Israeli soldiers asked to leave Scotland.”