Mick Napier (Chair of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign):
“I became politically active on the left at 18 and spent four years at university, like many others, opposing the US devastation of Vietnam. I visited Palestine during the first Intifada and founded the Scottish PSC at the start of the second to mobilize grass-roots opinion against British complicity, now in its 90th year, in the violation of the people of Palestine.”
Co-authored with Sofiah MacLeod & Sara Kershnar
[W]hen the JNF Committee sought legal advice from England in 1905 as to the possibility of registering as a charity, their legal advisors were unanimous that it would be impossible: “We therefore conclude that the purpose of the Fund will be a political rather than a charitable one and that limiting the Fund’s use to strictly charitable purposes would run counter to the main purpose of the Fund.”
This article outlines some of the lessons learned so far in BDS campaigning in Scotland. We face some real challenges, as well as significant opportunities as we work to take the BDS campaign forward. We should be clear that the BDS campaign can only rely on those who are willing to answer the appeal from Palestinian civil society for us to use this non-violent, democratic weapon to punish Israel for its crimes. BDS is unlikely to win support from currents and individuals who aim to 'balance' between Israeli crimes and Palestinian rights, who refuse to align themselves clearly with the struggle of the Palestinian people, and only sympathize with their suffering.