Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.
Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.
The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.
The Renfield Centre is on Bath Street in Glasgow City Centre, an appropriate location where Glasgow City Council deploys extremely sinister Israeli surveillance technology, developed to crush the normal workings of Palestinian civil society.
Ayah Bashir, a member of the Gaza based organising committee for BDS and supporter of the One Democratic State Group.
Musheir El Farra is originally from Gaza, lives in Sheffield. He initiated and led the largest branch of the England & Wales Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Musheir is the author of Gaza: When the Sky Rained White Fire. On August 1st 2014, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, eleven members of his family were killed in an Israeli missile attack on Khan Younis.
Salma Karmi-Ayyoub is a criminal barrister. She formerly headed an international litigation project at the Palestinian human rights organization, Al Haq for which she is currently an external consultant.
Esam Hijjawi is an ophthalmologist practicing in Edinburgh. A member of the Joint Leadership Council for the West Bank during the First Intifada, Esam survived an Israeli assassination attempt in 1990. He resigned from the PFLP in protest at the Oslo Accords and is currently Chair of the Association of Palestinian Communities in Scotland.
Kat Hobbs is CAAT’s Local Outreach coordinator, and supports groups and individuals across the UK to take action against the arms trade. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT)is a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade through monitoring and research, grassroots organising, non-violent direct action and public campaigning. In 2012 CAAT was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, the Alternative Nobel Prize, for innovative and effective campaigning against the global arms trade.
Shir Hever is an Israeli economist and commentator who researches the economic aspects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. He is the author of The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation published by Pluto Press.
Yotam Feldman’s 2013 film The Lab (Gum Films) demonstrates how Israel is dependent on its huge security and weapons industry, and the competitive edge it enjoys in the global arms bazaar with products tested on the Palestinians under occupation.
CONFERENCE – Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel, Saturday 9th May
The Renfield Centre, Glasgow G2 4JP
Registration 9am (£10/£5) – Finish 6pm
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