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Passion Islam I May 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
Top Scottish trade union
body supports Israel boycott
Scottish trade unions have joined Zionist groups, each speaker at the trade union federation committing
their counterparts in Ireland and annual conference expressed intense to the boycott after similar votes in
South Africa in voting overwhelmingly anger against Israel’s butchery of over Ireland and South Africa.
at their annual conference in Perth 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza, as well “It has lost the battle for world
to commit to boycott, divestment and public opinion. It is now seen to be a
sanctions (BDS) against Israel. state born out of ethnic cleansing and
The vote came after the general still expanding through the violent
council of the Scottish Trades Union dispossession of the Palestinian
Congress (STUC) recommended people,” the SPSC said.
support for boycott and calls for It believed that the breakthrough
sanctions because of Israel’s would make it easier to build and
attacks on the human rights of accelerate a mass boycott campaign
Palestinian people and its breaches across Scotland with the devolved
of international laws. Scottish government already yielding
“On our recent visit to Israel and to public outrage when cancelling a
Palestine we witnessed the human trade visit to Israel earlier this year.
rights violations experienced by “Israel’s New Year mountain of
ordinary Palestinians on a daily corpses in Gaza, together with its
basis,” said STUC General Secretary frequent murder of unarmed civilians
Grahame Smith. across Palestine were only the latest
“We saw how restrictions on in a long series of Israeli massacres,”
movement and checkpoints prevent the SPSC said.
people from going to work, to school “We may be unable to stop the
and to visit their families – even when next one, but our job of building the
they are sick and dying,” Smith said. sort of mass BDS campaign that
“The STUC has carefully as much of its long history of ethnic can confront Israeli violence with a
considered the complex issues cleansing of Palestinians. countervailing force has just become
involved, and we believe that we have The overwhelming support was easier. An aroused world opinion is
a moral obligation to show solidarity welcomed by the Scottish Palestine increasingly ready to ensure that all
to Palestinian people,” he said. Solidarity Campaign (SPSC), saying don’t die in vain,” it said.
Despite aggressive lobbying by it is the third example of a national
UK court clears three of
plotting London bombs
Three Britons were cleared of helping Association reported.
to plot the deadly London suicide Prosecutors had said the three
bombings in July 2005 in the first men were friends of the bombers,
prosecution over the attacks which Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad
killed 52 people and left more than Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay and
They also visited locations
700 injured. Hasib Hussain.
similar to ones attacked on July 7
Waheed Ali, 25, Mohammed The court heard that the
and detectives said the trip, the key
Shakil, 32, and 28-year-old Sadeer investigation into the bombings -- the
element of the prosecution case, was
Salem were accused of having largest ever carried out by London
part of preparations for attacks on the
carried out a two-day reconnaissance police -- discovered links between
capital.
mission by visiting various tourist the men in mobile phone records,
But the defendants said the trip
sites in London in the months leading fingerprints connecting them to the
was to allow Ali to visit his sister and
up the attacks on three underground bomb-factory in Beeston, family
take in some tourist attractions.
trains and a bus. videos and surveillance.
Police have always maintained
A jury last year failed to reach a Detectives found that about seven
that the bombers had assistance from
verdict against the men, who were months before the bombings, Shakil,
other people with links to al-Qaeda as
found not guilty of conspiracy to cause Saleem and Ali spent two days in
they would not have had the technical
explosions at a retrial at London’s London with Hussain and Lindsay,
expertise to construct the hydrogen
Kingston Crown Court, the Press visiting tourist attractions. peroxide-based bombs themselves.
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