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Protest against Israeli PR event at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Please join us from 6pm on Wednesday, 17th August, outside the Central Hall, Lothian Road.

Edinburgh Action for Palestine will be joining with other Palestine solidarity campaigners to protest against the “International Shalom Festival Gala Concert” at the Fringe Festival. The Shalom Festival event is organised by the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland, who describe themselves as ” seeing to stand by the nation of Israel in the midst of pressures, boycotts and undeserved criticism” – in other words to undermine solidarity with Palestine through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. The co-organisers of the Shalom Festival, StandWithUs have a similar agenda and, in the US, even run a campaign called ‘Buy Israeli Goods’. Clearly, the aim of the event is to whitewash the Israeli government, regardless of its persistent violations of Palestinian human rights and of international law.

We believe that the Fringe Festival should support the Palestinian civil society call for a cultural boycott of Israel and give no space to such a propaganda event.

See here for an Open Letter to the Fringe Festival organisers by Artists for Palestine UK: artistsforpalestine.org.uk/2016/07/19/artists-for-palestine-uk-protests-brand-israel-on-the-fringe/.

See www.facebook.com/events/274590366252267/ for Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s protest announcement regarding the same event.

Edinburgh welcomes Palestine Youth Orchestra

Elsewhere on this website (link) there’s information about concerts by the Palestine Youth Orchestra in Perth and Glasgow. Yesterday they made a visit to Edinburgh first for a wonderful meal provided by volunteers (including EA4P members) in Stockbridge and then a photo-call at the Scottish Parliament.  They were met by Andy Wightman MSP, a piper, and the Protest in Harmony ban of singers who all did their stuff magnificently.  The Palestinian musicians responded with applause, cheers and smiles, and wanted the words of the ‘Boycott’ song sung by Protest in Harmony.  There was much taking of photographs.  Then they went up the Royal Mile with piper and Palestine flags to Johnstone Terrace to get on their bus back to Glasgow.  IMG_1832