|Forthcoming (Sundays at 4pm):|
|Ran Greenstein||21st July|
|Tony Greenstein||28th July|
|Mahmoud Zwahre||11th August|
|David Cronin||1st September|
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.
Join us every Sunday at 4pm on Facebook to engage in the discussion (live Q & A).
Sunday 14th July 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.