In the hyperbolic words attributed to the SPSC member who initiated the lobbying (and will no doubt now press for similar motions against Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Congo):
"We have a right to global peace, and the journey there will only be achieved by supporting human rights and the rule of law. If we continue to profit from those who perpetually flaunt these, then the future for all of us, and our children, is grim indeed."motion, introduced by Councillor Archie Drummond, a socialist elected as an Independent, was passed without opposition by a meeting of the full Council, with only three abstentions (one Labour, one SNP, and the sole Conservative).
"Clackmannanshire Council condemns the Government of Israel for its continuing illegal occupation of Palestine's East Jerusalem and the West Bank and for its continuing illegal blockade of Gaza.
Clackmannanshire Council welcomes the decision of the United Nations on 29 November 2012 to grant "non-member observer State" to Palestine.
However, for the people of Palestine, the suffering of the last 64 years continues as the Government of Israel continues to ignore and breach international law.
Just as individual sanctions against apartheid in South Africa led ultimately to its demise there, so individual and collection sanctions against the state of Israel will end apartheid and suffering in Palestine.
Clackmannanshire Council therefore resolves to resist, insofar as legislative considerations permit, any action that gives political or economic support to the State of Israel." [Emphasis added]Read more here
The mindset of many who seek to demonise the Zionist Entity and bring about its destruction can be seen in this foul ignorant comment on the website of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (to which I link above):
"In Israel we have echoes of the post Weimar Republic in Germany.There the nazis declared that Germany needed Liebensraum ie room to expand and this could be achieved by getting rid of the Untermensch and occupying stolen land."The mindset of many who seek to demonise the Zionist Entity and bring about its destruction can also be seen in the following incident miles from old Caledonia.
It seems the slogan Am Yisrael Chai ("The People of Israel/Jewish People Live") is like a red rag to a bull for at least one of the BDSers at a demo in Oakland, California.
Here is footage of the demo (worth watching for the presence of the pro-Hamas International Solidarity Movement and for the very apt comments of the video maker on the sheer double standards and hypocrisy of those who accuse Israel of "apartheid" – such selectivity is also evident, of course, in the decisions of the Scottish councils referred to above).
And here's footage of a violent expletive-riddled assault by one of the Israel-haters on a young Jewish woman who had the temerity to chalk the Israel-affirming slogan on the ground.
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(Hat tip: reader Rita)