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.

Denis MacShane - thief, bully and militant Zionist

Mick Napier
24 December 2013

Denis MacShane, Tony Blair's Europe minister, has been jailed for six months for stealing £13,000 in expenses fiddles while an MP.  He was expelled from the Labour party just over a year ago for the fraud.  The crook, bully, and petty crook submitted false invoices over many years to supplement his already inflated salary.  During the years he was stealing taxpayers money he spent much of his time working to conflate anti-Semitism, real and sometimes imagined, with criticism of the State of Israel and defence of Palestinian human rights. Some of the false expenses were for his work as chair of the all-party Parliamentary group against antisemitism.

MacShane - a double fraud, with money and with phoney anti-SemitismMacShane - a double fraud, with money and with phoney anti-Semitism
He was born in Glasgow and educated at private schools and Oxford. He later changed his original Polish name at the request of his employer.  He prematurely attacked Hugo Chavez during the failed coup attempt of 2005 and had to backtrack swiftly.  Perfidious Albion had a suitable servant in MacShane who was several times caught out brazenly lying for political purposes.

Ironically, the fraudster is trying to blame the BNP, dressing himself in anti-fascist colours, ironic since he was an unstinting defender of Israeli mass murder and human rights violations.  Norman Finkelstein wrote of one of his major efforts:

Whenever Israel faces a public relations debacle its apologists sound the alarm that a "new anti-Semitism" is upon us. So, predictably, just after Israel faced another image problem due to its murderous destruction of Lebanon, a British all-party parliamentary group led by notorious Israel-firster Denis MacShane MP (Labour) released yet another report alleging a resurgence of anti-Semitism (Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism, September 2006). To judge by the witnesses (David Cesarani, Lord Janner, Oona King, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Melanie Phillips) and sources (MEMRI, Holocaust Education Trust) cited in the body of the report, much time and money could have been saved had it just been contracted out to the Israel Foreign Ministry.

MacShane has fallen into well-deserved ignominy but he at one time secured the support the British Prime Miniister for his scheme to criminalise Palestine solidarity and support for the Palestinian call for boycott of Israel until it stops its crimes. I was one of five SPSC members charged with 'racism' for activities during Palestine solidarity campaigning, charges that were levelled well after the protest involved and very shortly after MacShane's glittering conference in London on Combatting Anti-Semitism, an event attended by Zionist ultras from Israel, including one who had criticised Ariel Sharon for being too moderate.

The unprecedented charges were only laid after the British Government gave official endorsement to Dennis MacShane's long-term campaign to define much opposition to Israeli apartheid as 'anti-Semitic'. The British Government endorses the EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism which makes it racist to point out Israel's apartheid structures and the racist programme of political Zionism towards Palestinians, i.e. "claiming that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavour", or "drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis."

The Rotheram fraudster's recommendations that would have effectively criminalised campaigns for boycott were taken up officially by another Minister who would later be shamed for massive expenses fraud, Hazel Blears.  Her Parliamentary Secretary of State Sadiq Khan, announced in February 2009 that the British Government intended to implement MacShane's proposals:

Following on from the All Party Inquiry into Antisemitsm (2006) - chaired by the Rt Hon Denis MacShane MP...we set up a working ensure that the recommendations were implemented.

Shortly after the five SPSC members were charged.  The charges were ridiculed and thrown out by an intelligent Scottish Sheriff.

By their friends shall ye know them.

Mick Napier
24 December 2013
(Updated from November 2012 piece)