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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.

SPSC film: The Killing of Iman al Hams


The Killing of Iman Al Hams makes a compelling case that mass opposition to Israel's never-ending atrocities is necessary and possible. The short film focuses on an unexceptional example of Israeli murder that only the chance publication of military radio communications thrust into the public domain.

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"While in Gaza a couple of years ago, I made the core of this film, The Killing of Iman Al Hams, by interviewing Mr. Samir Al Hams, in Rafah Refugee Camp. 

In the 13-minute testimony heart of the film, Mr. Al Hams reports the facts of the Israeli army's execution of his child and the shocking official response. The other twelve minutes present evidence that this is a common occurence, and argue that BDS is the appropriate response to Israeli savagery.

A CD version of this little film is available for a donation to SPSC.

Deryck Beaumont and I made the film a couple of years ago but pressure of work prevented it being aired. A version with Arabic subtitles added will be posted shortly."
Mick Napier, 5 September 2010


Watch the video

The Killing of Iman al Hams from Scottish PSC on Vimeo.


Related articles:

Chris Hedges, A Gaza Diary, Harper's Magazine, October 2001

24 Nov 2004, Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child by Chris McGreal

 25 Oct 2004, The Killing of Iman al-Hams, Executing Another Child in Rafah by Omar Barghouti

21 Oct 2004, A schoolgirl riddled with bullets. And no one is to blame by Chris McGreal

16 Nov 2005, Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl by Chris McGreal

25 May 2005, Both Palestinians and Israelis will benefit from a boycott (Ronnie Kasrils and Victoria Brittain)

9 Dec 2009 IDF officer wins NIS 300,000 suit over Gaza war crime allegation