Human Rights, Listings, Struggles

In the Context of Permanent War

On the 29th and 30th of January, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) will be hosting a conference to be held at St Georges West Centre in Edinburgh.

The event will be focused on “Palestine in the Context of the Drive to Permanent War,” on relations between Israel and Palestine from 1948 to the present, and the role of the United States and the European Union in these relations.

The SPSC asserts that Israel is a “nuclear-armed apartheid” state that frequently wages wars across the region, and asks that inhabitants of Britain take steps to help the people of Palestine. On their website, the organisation states that bulldozers, tanks and F-16s have become a part of life for Palestinians, and asks the public of the UK to recognise that Israel has created a huge refugee population by ethnically cleansing historic Palestine and continually takes part in illegal activities. The SPSC asks why the US arms Israel to the tune of $3 billion per year and allows Israel to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians, why the EU violates its own human rights regulations to extend virtual membership to Israel, why the US, EU and Egypt enforce the blockade of Gaza, why Israel is a de facto member of NATO, and why most of the Arab dictatorships work with Israel and the US to support the siege of Gaza.

The organisation also asks how we in Britain can stop the UK Government’s invasions of other countries alongside the US and how inhabitants of Britain can join and support Palestinian resistance to ethnic cleansing, colonisation and apartheid. These are the types of questions that will be driving conversation at the conference, which will span the two days and cover topics related to Iraq and Afghanistan as well.

The conference will be lead by various speakers, such as novelist Haifa Zangana, who was a former prisoner of Saddam Hussein’s regime, and who will be speaking on Imperial Strategy in Iraq. Other speakers include Haider Ed, who has written widely on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Iraq War veteran Mike Prysner.

“Palestine in the Context of the Drive to Permanent War” runs from 9:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m on the 29th and from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the 30th.

For more information and to register for the event visit www.scottishpsc.org.uk

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