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Edinburgh sees Syria – the Vigil

We gave out 250 copies of the flyer at the vigil. We felt it was important to highlight the desperate situation of Palestinian refugees, already displaced from their homeland, once again having to flee from military occupation. The vigil was unlike most … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Sees Syria

Here is our flyer for the demonstration on Saturday. Click on the image for the full-size version:

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Israel Independence Day celebration in the Scottish Parliament

On 30th April Ken Macintosh, Labour MSP for Glasgow Eastwood, is hosting a celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) in the Scottish Parliament. A protest will be held outside the Parliament, and an online petition has 1300 signatures at the … Continue reading

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Hilda Meers z”l

SJJP recently lost our oldest member, Hilda Meers, who died last month. The following eulogy is composed from the heartfelt tributes of several of our members: Hilda was a committed anti-fascist with a long history of fighting against fascism in the … Continue reading

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Israel/Palestine and the General Election

I started to write this post in reaction to a piece in Ha’Aretz that begins The very real prospect of David Cameron’s Conservative Party losing Britain’s general election on May 7 is causing a shudder of dread to pass through … Continue reading

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SJJP meeting 15th March 2015

We met a fortnight ago, for the first time in nearly two years. The atmosphere was very positive, with a lot of energy and determination to go forward. This entry provides a brief record of the meeting. Barrie, as the … Continue reading

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Winners and losers in the Israeli election

In responding to the Israeli election results, I’ve seen an almost complete disconnect between my friends in Edinburgh and the media commentators who I read and respect. Almost everyone I know is downcast at Netanyahu’s electoral victory and its predictable … Continue reading

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Double standards on freedom of speech?

I represented SJJP at a public meeting last night organised by Amina, the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre in Glasgow. Under the title ‘The War on Islam and the Double Standards of Freedom of Speech’, the panel consisted of Aamer Anwar … Continue reading

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ICAHD in Scotland

Edinburgh Liberal Jewish CommunityNot many people here have heard of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. That’s a pity, because although their name makes them sound like a niche campaign, in fact ICAHD is a very dynamic and effective … Continue reading

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Gaza update

Gaza tends to drop out of the news when there isn’t a shooting war on. An exception during the last week was the resignation of the head of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) enquiry into the 2014 Gaza war. … Continue reading

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Conscience, the fatal flaw in the intelligence machine

The commander of the Israeli army’s highly prestigious 8200 intelligence unit yesterday dismissed 43 of his reservists. This is big news in Israel, because Unit 8200 is responsible for signals intelligence, nowadays known both as the cutting-edge of technology and … Continue reading

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Netanyahu in Paris

The shootings in Paris, at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and in a kosher supermarket, have naturally started far-reaching debates about freedom of expression, the boundary between satirical comment and hate speech, and the place of Islam … Continue reading

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Now 363 Israelis write to my MP

Gush Shalom Press Release, October 13, 2014 Hundreds of Israeli public figures call upon Members of the British Parliament to vote in favor of recognizing the State of Palestine 363 Israeli public figures have signed a letter to the Members … Continue reading

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The Board of Deputies asks me to write to my MP

The Board of Deputies wrote to me asking me to contact my MP regarding the vote in Parliament on recognising a Palestinian state. So I did. Here is the text of my letter: 10th October 2014 Dear — As you … Continue reading

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Uri Avnery on Israel and Mandela

Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom is a phenomenon: a fighter in the 1948 war, he has been involved in Israeli politics ever since, as a pioneering advocate of peace and partnership with the Palestinians (he was the first Israeli ever … Continue reading

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Scottish Defence League demonstration, 17th August

SJJP members joined representatives of the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community (ELJC) on 17th August, to march in protest against the Scottish Defence League demonstration in Edinburgh City Centre. The following statement from ELJC was read out on the march: Sukkat … Continue reading

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St Andrews JSoc Ball

St. Andrew’s Jewish Society Ball, held on 26th April, included amongst its beneficiaries the Jewish National Fund and Friends of the IDF (Israeli Defence Force). SJJP issued this statement: We are deeply saddened and concerned that St Andrews Jewish society … Continue reading

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We were there

Photos from the August 27th protest against the Batsheva dance troupe performance in the Edinburgh International Festival (click on images to see full-size):

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Our leaflet for the protest against Batsheva

SJJP members will be joining in the protest against the Batsheva dance troupe tomorrow as part of the broad Don’t Dance with Israeli Apartheid coalition. We’ll also be giving out this leaflet of our own:

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Refusing to be Enemies — the meeting

The meeting on Tuesday was a great success. The first speaker was Lynn Leach, who was both amusing and moving on her experiences as a participant in the 2012 flytilla. Her strongest impression was that the Israeli authorities felt very … Continue reading

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