Scottish Tories send first ever delegation to Israel…

This week the Scottish Conservatives sent their first ever delegation to Israel to build closer ties with the far right Israeli administration. The delegation consisted of nine Conservative MSPs, including several shadow cabinet ministers, the chief whip and the party’s director.

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Whilst there they ‘met with Israeli MKs, local businessmen and security officials and received briefings by the IDF at the Syrian border.’

However I think we can be pretty sure that they would have made no effort whatsoever to visit occupied Palestine… to go and see how ordinary Palestinians survive in overcrowded refugee camps under constant terror day and night from the Israeli occupation forces.

You can also bet that the delegation of Tory MSPs never made arrangements to interview any of the Palestinian children presently illegaly held under administrative detention (imprisonment without charge) in Israeli prisons to find out about the heinous treatment they endure… to investigate the allegations of torture against these young children.

Do we expect any Parliamentary questions from the Holyrood opposition on these subjects when they return and get back to work? No, not likely! No, from what I hear we’ll see praise upon praise heaped onto the Israeli authorities… we’ll hear talk of the necessity to build more bridges with this under siege democracy, bullied by all of its violent neighbours, and we will, ironically, hear MSPs commend Israel for letting Turkish aid convoys into the besieged open air prison that is Gaza

 

Take action – Contact your MP NOW!

We need you to contact your MP and ask them to ensure they attend next week’s debate in the UK Parliament on new rules banning public bodies from making ethical procurement decisions.

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Many of you will have read in the media about this Tory government’s new guidance limiting the ability of public bodies – including but not limited to local councils and universities – to make ethical choices in their procurements. This could reverse the many positive efforts public bodies have made to divest from illegal Israeli settlements, as well as other areas. In some cases the guidance even appears to contravene the government’s own advice and international law.

In their press release announcing the guidance, the government said….

“We need to challenge and prevent these divisive town hall boycotts. The new guidance…will help prevent damaging and counter-productive local foreign policies undermining our national security”.

Although the guidance has already been published, there are still a number of questions the government needs to answer. It’s therefore key that as many MPs as possible attend and speak out at the debate just announced so the government can see the strength of feeling there is over this issue. The debate will be held next Tuesday, March 15 in the UK Parliament’s Westminster Hall from 2:30-4:00pm.

Please make no assumptions that your MP will be there, the only way they will know of the strength of feeling is if everyone contacts them!

To find out how to contact your MP, click HERE.

* Whilst the guidance applies only to England at the moment, it could possibly have implications in the future for Scotland.

* Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine are illegal under international law (Article 49, Fourth Geneva Convention). SNP Friends of Palestine calls for an end to trade with the settlements.

Take urgent action NOW to prevent the ban on ethical procurement!