A series of interviews with individuals who have something valuable to contribute to the goal of building effective solidarity with the Palestinian people, above all promoting the call from Palestine for BDS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.
Sunday 5th January 2020
Firefighters Under Occupation
Jim Malone served 30 years as an operational firefighter in Dundee and a Fire Brigades Union branch, brigade and regional official. He has been the FBU Palestinian support co-ordinator since the union’s Scottish Region “Dundee to Nablus” project started in 2011. He was part of the FBU delegation that delivered an appliance and donated fire kit to the vastly under-resourced firefighters of Palestine. The fire engine was driven from Dundee to Greece before being shipped to Haifa in Israel.
Sunday 8th December 2019
Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC)
Richard Haley is a founding member and leading activist in Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC).
SACC campaigns against laws and policies whose effect is to criminalise political and community activity. They are particularly concerned about the extensive powers of this kind contained in Britain's anti-terrorism laws, unjust and racist laws shaped by foreign policy and built on a dangerously broad definition of "terrorism."
Acts of terrorist violence are best prosecuted under the ordinary criminal law. Terrorism in the UK can only be prevented by ending the UK's involvement in aggressive wars and its support for oppressive regimes.
SACC joins with the Stop the War Coalition in calling for an end to the so-called "war on terror" - in fact a war for resources and geo-strategic leverage - waged by the UK, the US and their allies.
SACC stands against racism, especially state and institutional racism.
Islamophobia Scottish Conference 2019 (Saturday 14 December, Glasgow):
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Resistance in the West Bank: The Popular Committees
Dr Mahmoud Zwahre is an organiser with the popular committee of the village of Al Ma’asara in the district of Bethlehem. The popular committees are engaged in non-violent resistance to Israel's sustained policy of dispossession, violence and oppression. Their activism and empowerment work involves mobilisation, advocacy, organising demonstrations to protect villages and property under threat of demolition or confiscation, legal work to defend prisoners and property, legal training, awareness raising, and they partner with two universities, encouraging study of Israeli and International Law at diploma and Masters level.
The popular committees can comprise farmers, activists, students, local politicians, men and women, many of whom face regular harassment, arrest and brutal treatment at the hands of the occupation forces. It is a grassroots internal solidarity movement which has, on many occasions, succeeded in curtailing some of the excesses of Israel's lawlessness and human rights abuses.
Sunday 10th November 2019
Neutralising the Left
Jackie Walker is a British political activist and writer. She has been a teacher and anti-racism trainer. She is the author of a family memoir, Pilgrim State, and the co-writer and performer of a one-woman show, The Lynching, about her black and Jewish identity, her experience of racism on settling in the UK and the allegations she faced of antisemitism as a Labour Party activist. She held the roles of Vice-Chair of South Thanet Constituency Labour Party and Vice-Chair of Momentum before being suspended and ultimately expelled from the party for misconduct, following the contrived allegations. She is also featured in the film Witchhunt which examines the weaponisation of accusations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party which began immediately after Corbyn's election.
Sunday 20th October 2019
Syrian Kurds and Palestinians - Struggles for Freedom
Sarah Glynn is active in Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan and visited the Rojava area of Syria controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia and it's allies. She is also a founding member of Scottish Jews against Zionism and a long-term supporter of Palestinian freedom. Sarah discusses with Mick Napier the the relationship between the struggle for freedom of the Syrian Kurds and the struggle of the Palestinian people against the settler-colonial project of Zionism.
Sunday 22nd September 2019 2019
GAZA - When the Sky Rained White Fire
Born in Khan Younis, in Gaza, Musheir El Farra is author of GAZA - When the Sky Rained White Fire which exposes with integrity and sensitivity the human reality behind the dehumanising statistics of death and destruction. It tells the personal stories of some of the families who were targetted in the Cast Lead massacre of 2009. Musheir was later to lose 11 members of his own family in the 2014 Protective Edge massacre.
Sunday 1st September 2019 2019
Europe's Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation
As the crisis in UK-EU relations deepens, Brussels-based journalist and author David Cronin discusses his in-depth reports on the role of the EU in facilitating Israel's ethnic cleansing project in Palestine. David Cronin is an associate editor of The Electronic Intifada. He is author of Europe's Alliance with Israel and Balfour's Shadow: A century of British Support for Zionism and Israel.
You can buy Balfour's Shadow here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 18th August 2019 2019
Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan
Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education
Nurit Peled-Elhanan, professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a 2001 co-laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Her research on the negative portrayal of Palestinians in Israeli textbooks exposes the institutional basis of Israeli racism that underpins Israel's ongoing settler-colonial programme of dehumanisation and dispossession.
Sunday 4th August 2019 2019
Popular Resistance in Palestine - A History of Hope and Empowerment
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is Director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University. He is the author of "Popular Resistance in Palestine, a History of Hope and Empowerment" – "A detailed yet engaging study showing that the vast majority of Palestinian resistance over the last 100 years has been peaceful and creative." (Pluto Press, 2010)
Recommended (online): "The Cucumber and the Cactus" - (A Palestinian Christian Story) by Mazin Qumsiyeh, published in Northeast Magazine, Hartford, November 07, 2002
Sunday 28th July 2019 2019
Corbyn, the Left, and the great anti-Semitism fraud
The Zionist-dominated Jewish Chronicle wrote of "the notorious anti-Zionist activist Tony Greenstein", one of a considerable number of Jewish and Black people who have been expelled from the Labour Party for criticising the apartheid structures of the State of Israel.
Tony contributed the section of Zionism to Hodder & Stoughton's The Essentials of Philosophy & Ethics (2006) and recently wrote a chapter for the 2018 volume, Anti-Semitism Wars (ed. Karl Sabbagh) on the bogus anti-Semitism campaign in the Labour Party. A founding member of the English PSC, he is currently working on a book Zionism During the Holocaust. He is vice-chair of Labour Against the Witch-hunt and a vociferous opponent of the racist Jewish Labour Movement, which is an affiliate of the Labour Party.
Visit Tony Greenstein's blog.
Sunday 21st July 2019 2019
Zionism and its Discontents
Ran Greenstein, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa, challenges the mainstream nationalist narratives and movements that dominated the Israeli-Palestinian situation for too long.
In Zionism and its Discontents, he focusses on four different but connected attempts to resist Zionist dominance and the settlement project before and after 1948 and provides a compelling history of those radical movements of the past hundred years in Israel/Palestine that challenged the conceptual bases of Zionism in theory, and opposed its practices on the ground. It makes for sad and sobering reading, addressing the role of the Palestinian Communist Party, and then the bi-nationalist movement, before moving on to the period after 1948 when Palestinian attempts to challenge their unjust conditions of marginalisation became more frequent. Finally, he confronts the radical anti-Zionist Matzpen group, which operated from the early 1960s–80s.
You can buy Zionism and its Discontents here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Thurs 18th July 2019 2019
Zionism in the Age of the Dictators
Lenni Brenner is the author of many works, including Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, published in 1983 to a very positive review in the London Times.
Meticulously researched, it was the basis for Jim Allen's play, Perdition, and prompted ex-London Mayor Ken Livingston's remarks about Adolf Hitler, the Zionists and the Nazis that ultimately led to Ken's suspension and subsequent departure from the Labour Party for alleged "anti-semitism".
Lenni Brenner was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. He developed an interest in history from reading Hendrik Willem van Loon's The Story of Mankind which his brother had received as a bar mitzvah present.
- He became an atheist at age 10 or 12 and a Marxist at age 15
- He was active in the US Civil Rights Movement, arrested three times during civil rights sit-ins in the San Francisco Bay Area
- He was jailed for 39 months when a court revoked his probation for marijuana possession, because of his activities during the Berkeley Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964
- He was a high profile activist from the first days of the Vietnam War, *In 1963 he organized the Committee for Narcotic Reform in Berkeley
- 1968 he co-founded the National Association for Irish Justice
- 1990s, he and Stokely Carmichael co-founded the Committee against Zionism and Racism
- 2003, Brenner spoke at the inaugural meeting of Jews Against Zionism UK
Sunday 14th July 2019 2019
These Chains Will Be Broken
Ramzy Baroud is a US-Palestinian journalist, author, columnist and Editor of Palestine Chronicle. He is a former Deputy Managing Editor of Al Jazeera online.
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian prisoners' experiences in Israeli jails have rarely been told. Western media portrays them as 'terrorists' while well-meaning third-party human rights advocates paint them as hapless victims. They are neither. The resilience and grit of Palestinians enables them to rise above Israel's cruelty and be emblems of power for their people. Palestinian prisoners resist Israeli colonialism, apartheid and military occupation. Rather than being viewed as unfortunate victims, their steadfastness exemplifies the ongoing fight of the Palestinian people as a whole.
Look out for Ramzy Baroud's latest book on Palestinian prisoners "These Chains Will Be Broken" and his earlier much-acclaimed works "The Last Earth" and "My Father Was a Freedom Fighter".
You can buy The Last Earth here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 30th June 2019 2019
State of Terror - How Terrorism Created Modern Israel
Mick Napier interviews Tom Suarez, author of State of Terror, a meticulously researched work about Zionism. State of Terror describes a movement that managed to build a state and uses that state to maintain and intensify its pre-state terrorist campaign against the Palestinian people.
You can buy State of Terror here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 23rd June 2019 2019
Palestine's Horizon - Toward a Just Peace
Richard Falk has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict. In Palestine's Horizon, he brings his experiences to bear on one of the most controversial issues of our times. After enduring years of violent occupation, the Palestinian movement is exploring different avenues for peace. These include the pursuit of rights under international law through the UN and International Criminal Court, and the new emphasis on global solidarity and non-violent militancy embodied by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign (BDS). In focusing on these new tactics of resistance, Falk refutes the notion that the Palestinian struggle is a 'lost cause'. He also reflects on the legacy of Edward Said and the importance of his humanist thought in order to present a vision of peace that is mindful of the formidable difficulties of achieving a just solution to the long conflict.
You can buy Palestine's Horizon here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 16th June 2019 2019
Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle within the Israeli prison system
Professor Nahla Abdo is author of Captive Revolution which seeks to break the silence on Palestinian women political detainees, providing a vital contribution to research on women, revolutions, national liberation and anti-colonial resistance. Based on stories of the women themselves, as well as her own experiences as a former political prisoner, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse their anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their appalling treatment as political detainees.
You can buy Captive Revolution here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 9th June 2019 2019
Divisions in the political elites and the crisis of discipline in the Israeli military
Israeli economist Shir Hever explains how Israel ends up with over 70% of all aid intended for the Palestinians under occupation. We discuss the crisis of discipline inside the Israel military and how that is related to divisions inside the Israeli political and security elites. A picture emerges of the Israeli Army increasingly reluctant to suffer losses, limited in its power. Shir Hever presents evidence of the deteriorating morale of sections of the Israeli elite.
You can buy The Privatisation of Israeli Security here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 2nd June 2019 2019
Why governments are buying Israel's technology of mass repression
Jeff Halper is the author of War against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification. Jeff's book includes reference to the Israeli military-grade hyper-surveillance system deployed in Glasgow since 2013 as an example of how the technology and expertise developed to crush Palestinian reistance has become a lucrative commodity in the international arms bazaar. We discuss how Western governments anticipate social unrest as inequality intensifies and how Israel facilitates the moves against fundamental human rights that being eroded for populations across the world. The topic of this discussion should concern everyone - in Glasgow, across Scotland and the entire planet.
You can buy War against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 26th May 2019 2019
Kholoud Al Ajarma
A Palestinian family's fight for justice against the JNF UK and JNF Scotland
Zionist gangs drove Kholoud al Ajarma’s family from the Palestinian village of Ajjur in 1948, and their property, mainly land, was transferred to the control of the Jewish National Fund. Her family own land (they still have the title deeds) that is now under the control of the JNF-UK. Kholoud complained to the Charity Commission that the JNF-UK should not be recognised as a charitable organisation due to its involvement in ethnic cleansing. The Commission rejected her claim.
You can buy Ilan Pappé's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine here for £10 from the SPSC shop.
Sunday 19th May 2019 2019
Israel, WhatsApp, Stuxnet and Military-grade Surveillance in Glasgow
Gerry Coutts is a computer teacher in Glasgow who has made a study of how Israeli surveillance and hacking technology is being widely used by repressive regimes to monitor dissidents, hack into their private communications and - in the case of Jamal Kashoggi - murder them. He explains the role of secretive Israeli hacking company, NSO, the Pegasus virus, and the role of the Israeli military in these widespread violations. Pegasus hacking technology has been found, Gerry tells us, in 45 countries around the world. This has obvious implications for those being monitored by Israeli surveillance system in Glasgow.
Order here some copies of the SPSC booklet on Israeli Surveillance Military-Grade Surveillance Technology in Glasgow
Sunday 12th May 2019 2019
Salman Abu Sitta
The Palestinian Right of return is non-negotiable - and practical
Abu Sitta's encyclopedic knowledge and grasp of his subject, his unflinching defence of Palestinian rights, makes this interview a valuable lesson for all those who support the freedom struggle of the Palestinian people. He has shown how the Palestinian right of return is not only essential from an ethical and political pointof view; it is also practical, impeded only by the racist structures of the society and State of Israel.
Sunday 5th May 2019 2019
Indra Neiva & Gabriel
Israel and the global rise of the Far Right
Indra Seixas Neiva is a Brazilian BDS activist opposing a fascistic, pro-Israel regime: "Our Special Operation Forces are trained in Israel, São Paulo's military police is buying armoured vehicles from Israel. A number of companies have been trying to privatize our natural resources like our water. That's why this fight unites us and is a core demand of the resistance world to racism and fascism. When the countries globalize barbarity we must internationalize our resistance and that is what the BDS call does. I invite all to unite and answer this Palestinian call, so together we can pressure for equality, freedom, justice in Palestine, in Brazil and in every part of the world."
Indra Seixas Neiva
Sunday 28th April 2019 2019
Germany's assault on human rights defenders
Majed Abusalama is one of three active members of the German BDS movement "The Humboldt Three" on trial in Berlin for disrupting a talk by an Israeli official who was hosted by the German-Israeli Society at Humboldt University in Berlin. Aliza Lavie, a member of Knesset and chairwoman of the Knesset Caucus for the Struggle Against the Delegitimization of the State of Israel was an Israeli government member during the 2014 attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, “Operation Protective Edge,” in which 2,220 Palestinians were killed. We discuss the German contribution to the international campaign to muzzle opponents of Israeli apartheiod and genocidal violence, and the German resistance to this attack on free speech.
Sunday 21st April 2019 2019
Eurig Scandrett is co-author of Environmental Nakba: Environmental injustice and violations of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, a report of the Friends of the Earth International observer mission to the West Bank.
The observer mission witnessed numerous examples of expropriation of land and water resources and heard testimonies of officials, researchers, local people and environmental activists. The participants observed industrial sites with little or no controls on emissions, untreated sewage piped from urban developments onto open land and streams and waste hills from decades of uncontrolled dumping. They heard of the destruction of trees and the polluting of agricultural land and surface water. This report documents some of these observations, and provides some suggestions for collaborative projects in Palestine, either by further researches or solidarity support for the affected communities.
Sunday 14th April 2019 2019
Palestinian Political Prisoners
Khalida Jarrar is a leading member of the PFLP, deputy at the PLC (Palestinian Legislative Council), heads the PLC’s prisoners’ committee and acts as the Palestinian representative in the Council of Europe, an international organization promoting human rights and democracy around the world.
Khalida, who has spent 34 months of the last four years in Israeli jails, speaks of her imprisonment without trial by the Israeli military courts that control Palestinian lives, Israel's limiting of Red Cross inspections of Israeli prisons so as to facilitate abuse and torture of political prisoners, how Israel refuses family visits, uses collective punishment, denial of water, denial of privacy in showers. She argues the need to fight occupation and oppression from Israel and also aspects of traditional Palestinian society that deny women equal rights. She ends by asking us to "raise our voices" for the freedom of the Palestinians.
Sunday 31st Narch 2019 2019
Abdulrahman Abu Nahel - BDS National Committee BNC, Gaza
BDS, Resistance in Gaza and the Great Return March
Explaining clearly the case for BDS, Abdulrahman Abu Nahel speaks about Israeli massacres, denial of permits for medical care outside Gaza, the Israeli snipers killing friends on the great March of Return, and for many years before.
Abdulrahman Abu Nahel is Gaza coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC).