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.

Palestinian academic, Samia al Botmeh, explains the value & effectiveness of academic boycott

Palestinian academic, Samia al Botmeh, talks about the effectiveness of academic boycott of Israel.
In conversation with Mike Cushman on 27 April 2008

  • Israeli military occupation devastates Palestinian education
  • Israeli occupation is targetting the education sector as part of their ethnic cleansing programme
  • Israeli pressure to drive academics abroad is harming Palestinian society
  • 95 Bir Zeit students and faculty are in prison, most of them indefinitely without trial
  • Israeli academia is a full and integral part of the Israeli occupation
  • futility of other 'solutions' mean boycott is essential
  • Palestinians used by Israelis internationally to polish their image
  • 'constructive engagement' with Israel is an illusion
  • the academic boycott is extremely effective - it is already beginning to annoy the Israelis
  • no Israeli academic institution has ever condemned the occupation
  • Israel withdraws citizenship from
  • Palestinians to shatter families and lives

    Full podcast at BRICUP site