Press Release 17 March 2011

On the 16th Feb. 2011 Scottish Friends of Palestine received this cryptic appeal from Jaloud, near Nablus:

dear all my friend ,all peace supporters ,all fighters for justice and equlity…

we need you all t be with people in jaloud ..small village south est nablus  near alsawyah and quryot. israli satllers shot ..palestinian youth from jaloud he was planting his land ..his name wael mahmoud abbad…17 years old

his father and the mayor took him to nablus hospital…his setuation ..dangerous today they doctors desid surjury operation to get off the bullet…

palestinians and farmers need all the time help to protect them from thje agressor satllers from shillo and keda and yekhael…we have very big problems no peace in thisland ..the satllers must go and leave the palestinians to get there freedom…

we need internationals and human wrights activists..the people still soffuring every day . . . if any one want to come to show solidarity for the boy and his familly .. (16 Feb 2011)

On Saturday 19 March 10am – 5pm   Renfield St Stephen’s Church Centre, Bath Street, Glasgow Scottish Friends of Palestine will answer this appeal. We will make the argument as to why there is no alternative other than the boycott of the state of Israel.

The argument will be made by speakers, including:

Ali Abunimah

Ali Abunimah is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, an online publication about Palestine founded in 2001. He has written hundreds of articles, many of which have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, among many others. He is frequently called on by national and international media for his expertise on the situation in Palestine. He is author of the book One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books), which argues that a single state in historic Palestine, granting equal rights to Palestinians and Israelis, is the outcome most likely to provide justice, peace and a sustainable life for everyone in the country.

Abunimah has contributed chapters to numerous books, most recently Midnight on the Mavi Marmara (OR Books), and The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation into the Gaza Conflict (Nation Books).

In January, Abunimah was one of a small group of journalists and experts invited by Al Jazeera to analyze the Palestine Papers, a trove of leaked documents containing revelations on a decade of failed US-brokered Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.Abunimah was born in the United States and grew up in Europe. Since 1989 he has lived in the United States. Both of his parents were born in Palestine, his mother in a village near Jerusalem in an area that is now in Israel, and his father in a village in the Occupied West Bank, near Bethlehem. He received his BA from Princeton University and MA from the University of Chicago.

Ramzy Baroud

Palestinian-American journalist, author, editor and former Al-Jazeera producer, Ramzy Baroud taught Mass Communication at Australia’s Curtin University of Technology, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Chronicle.

His work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor. and nearly every English language publication throughout the Middle East. He has been a guest on many television and radio programs including CNN International, BBC, ABC Australia, National Public Radio, Press TV, Al-Jazeera. He has been has been a guest speaker at many institutions around the world, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Manchester, University of Ireland, University of Washington and the House of Commons.

His books include Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion (Cune Press, Seattle, 2003) (which received international recognition.) The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle (Pluto Press, London, 2006) has won the praise of many scholars world-wide, My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press, London, 2010 – Distributed jointly with Palgrave Macmillan), narrates the story of the life of his family, (his family is used as a representation of millions of Palestinians in Diaspora) starting in the early 1940’s until the present time. For details visit

David Cronin

David Cronin is a campaigning journalist. He received widespread coverage when he attempted to put Tony Blair under citizen’s arrest for war crimes in March 2010. Only last month, he also attempted a citizen’s arrest of Israel’s racist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Based in Brussels, he has written for The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal Europe, European Voice, the Inter Press Service (where he was the Brussels correspondent), The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, openDemocracy and The Electronic Intifada. His website is

His recent book, Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation (Pluto Press, 2011) has been described by Robert Fisk of The Independent as “remarkable.”


Mary Senior  (UCU Scotland )

Barrie Levine (Scottish Jews for a Just Peace)

Hugh O’Donnell MSP

Sandra White MSP

Patrick Harvie MSP

Scottish Friends of Palestine is a firm advocate of the total boycott of all Israeli institutions, academic and cultural bodies and Israeli products – until as such times that the Israeli state ceases to boycott the rights of the Palestinian people, and international law as it pertains to the Palestinian people. Visit to find out what you can do.

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