Scottish council boycotts 'apartheid Israel'

Scottish National Party-led Clackmannanshire Council has voted in favour of a policy against any action that gives political or economic support to the State of Israel

by The Commentator on 22 March 2013 11:01


One of Scotland's smallest councils has taken the decision to boycott Israel, comparing the country to South Africa during its apartheid period, reports the Jewish Chronicle.

The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) has claimed a member of its Forth Valley branch was responsible for lobbying Independent Cllr Archie Drummond, who proposed the motion last week to fellow councillors at the Scottish National Party-led Clackmannanshire Council.

The motion passed with 11 votes in favour, and five abstentions, according to the Jewish Chronicle. Meanwhile, the SPSC has claimed only three abstentions were recorded (one Labour, one SNP, and Tory).

The motion in full: 

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."

Cllr Drummond - a socialist who was elected as an independent - writing after the motion had passed in a letter to his constituents, said, "Not one councillor spoke in defence of the actions of the state of Israel and no one voted against the motion."

Last month, a row broke out in the northern borough of Pendle after the decision was taken to twin the town 'in solidarity' with the Palestinians of Bein Lid. Conservative councillors argued that the Israel-Palestine issue was one the council should not involve itself in.

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