[A-List] Israeli goods boycott
Michael.Keaney at mbs.fi
Sun Mar 10 23:23:28 MST 2002
Anger over campaign to boycott Israeli produce
The Herald, 11 March 2002
A CONTROVERSIAL campaign urging a
consumer boycott of Israeli goods will be
launched in Scotland this week.
The call to outlaw citrus fruit, dates, wine,
clothing and other goods, comes from the
multi-faith Scottish Palestinian Forum (SPF) in
the wake of fears by Jewish groups that
anti-semitism is growing in the UK.
The forum claims support from John McAllion
and other MSPs, and will launch the boycott at
the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.
Last week, Jonathan Sachs, Britain's chief
rabbi, warned of a virus of anti-semitism in
Britain, and said there was a difference
between legitimate criticism of the Israeli
government and comments which crossed the
boundary into hate and demonisation.
His comments have been echoed in Scotland,
where The Herald has reported the concerns of
the Jewish Representative Council after a
number of incidents across the country.
The Very Rev Professor Robert Davidson, SPF
chairman who is also president of the Council of
Christians and Jews in Britain, yesterday
insisted: "This is not in any sense an
"There is a sharp distinction to be drawn here
between anti-semitism and legitimate criticism
of the Israeli government's policies."
However, Kenneth Collins, chairman of the
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, said
yesterday: "As this is not a matter within the
powers of the Scottish parliament, it would
appear that those calling for a boycott are only
expressing their long-held opposition to the very
existence of the state of Israel."
The campaign, he said, was one way to make a
stand for human rights.
Further links between the University of Abertay,
Dundee, and the Islamic academic world may
result from a visit this weekend by a Muslim
World League delegation.
The delegation was welcomed by Professor
Bernard King, the university principal, to the
newly established Al-Maltoum Institute for Arabic
and Islamic Studies.
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