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Join CiF Watch in battling Scottish Council’s Boycott of Israel


We’re pleased to see The Jewish Chronicle take note of our Twitter campaign aimed at ending the boycott of Israeli goods by West Dunbartonshire Council – one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland.

Noted The JC:

“The New York-based CiF Watch website is leading a Twitter campaign against the authority and Cllr McColl, claiming the council was “racist” for singling out Israel for boycott action.”

For those of you active on Twitter, we ask that, if you haven’t already, please follow us and consider re-tweeting our Tweets.

Also, you can email one of the ardent defenders of the boycott, Council Member Jim Bolan.  As we noted yesterday (in a post that was mentioned in a story today in Ynet) Bolan has characterized Hamas as “Freedom Fighters”.

James.Bollan@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

Here’s one of our recent Tweets about Mr. Bolan.

Our previous post contained the complete list of council emails.

Here’s a link to the Facebook page of West Dumbartonshire Council, where you can leave comments about the boycott.

Another chief defender of the boycott, Councillor McColl, has uploaded a video log. You can post comments on his blog

16 replies »

  1. My local council, love their politics or loathe them, are at least intelligent! I daresay some of them don’t agree with Israel’s policies but they recognise that this shouldn’t impinge on their work for us.

    This poor wee soul should be pensioned off as a kindness and to protect the residents of West Dunbartonshire.

  2. From the Ynet article:

    Responding to a Ynetnews inquiry, Bollan confirmed that the statements attributed to him were accurate, and added the following: “One important point I made that strangely was not published along with my comments on the enclosed blog was that Hamas was elected with a bigger majority than the Israeli government.”

    Someone should tel to this Dumb of Dunbarton that Brezhnew and the Party got 98% of the votes of the citizens of the SU. Certainly in his eyes this fact made it the good guy.
    Obviously Qadafi and Assad who also had been elected with above 95% of the votae are legitimate murderers.

    I hope that the citizens of West-Dumbartonshire are not the same quality as this asshole of historical proportion.

  3. Remember the 270 victims of bombing of Pan Am 103.

    Remember that perfidious scotland/uk released the convicted bomber on “compassionate” grounds, in fact the “passion” for Libyan oil contracts.

    That’ Blood for Oil contracts and Eternal SHAME on scotland.

  4. I have always wanted to visit Scotland. I suppose I should thank these terrorist-support-, um, freedom lovers for saving me the trip.

  5. Irit,

    I think you’ll find that Scottish people have their fare share of useful idiots like any country / council / place.

    They also have many brilliant people.

    Hope you’ll visit Scotland at some stage and see for yourself.

  6. Itsik,

    It is very, very difficult from this side of the Atlantic Ocean to tell just how anti-Semitic the British people are. I have always been an ardent Anglophile, as it happens, I did my undergraduate work in British history, and my graduate work in Celtic Linguistics. I have visited Britain a number of times (although I never got as far north as Scotland).

    It seems from what I read that Jews are not welcome, that anti-Semitism is pervasive, and that Britain is in the grip of an ugliness I just don’t want to have to deal with.

    So, I am not taking any trips to the UK in the foreseeable future. I have enough anti-Semitism to deal with here. It makes me very sad, but there it is.

  7. To be fair what do expect from the barbarians above the wall? They were savages until the civilised world tamed them, but they’ll always be savages. Scum the lot of them.

  8. I sent versions of this to several newspapers. No response. Note the quite new editions of ‘Mein Kampf’ and ‘The Protocols of Zion’ in WD libraries.

    The decision of West Dunbartonshire council to ban the purchase of Israeli books has gone virtually unreported in the recent media frenzy over injunctions and press freedom. Shenanigans in celebrity bedrooms sell newspapers and we have some cause to smile as we see this dressed up with a just a few too many laments for freedom of expression. But a fundamental move to deny both freedom of expression and freedom of access to that expression, by a local authority library service, seems barely worth mentioning. West Dunbartonshire has defended its ban on the basis that it applies only to items ‘grown or produced’ in Israel, as if that provides its own irrefutable justification; if an Israeli book has been printed outside Israel the ban doesn’t apply. So that’s all right then. In the council’s ‘Stock Management and Development Policy’ we read the following: ‘The council will adopt Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals policy on Intellectual Freedom, Access to Information and Censorship’. This CILIP document is appended to the council’s online policy: ‘It is the role of a library… funded from the public purse to provide… access to all publicly available information… Access should not be restricted on any grounds except that of the law. If publicly available material has not incurred legal penalties then it should not be excluded on moral, political, religious, racial or gender grounds. The legal basis of any restriction on access should always be stated’. So what is the legal basis here? West Dunbartonshire council’s ban on Israeli books is a political decision based entirely on its opinion of Israeli government policies. It is a decision that claims to be driven by moral objections to those policies. Since the council exhibits no political or moral objections to the policies of any other government it could surely be argued that the singularity of the ban has a racial, even religious component too; whatever appalling acts may be perpetrated anywhere else, censorship is required only in the case of a Jewish Israel. This is a shameful attack on our most basic principles of intellectual freedom; more shameful is the silence with which it has been met by our free press. Perhaps we should be reasurred that a search of the West Dunbartonshire libraries catalogue shows two books they have no problems with: Clydebank Library purchased a new edition of ‘Mein Kampf’ in 2006; also in 2006 Duntocher Library purchased ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’. The Protocols is currently ‘on hold for someone’.

    • As a Scot (living in Lithuania) I am shocked by the comments on here. By and large Scotland is not that anti-semitic, certainly nowhere near as anti-semitic as the countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Keep lobbying the twats at this council by all means, but don’t think for a minute they are representative of all Scots anymore than the far right legislators in Arizona are representative of the people in New York, San Fransisco or Chicago etc

        • i am a Scots and a strong defender of Israel. The people who have commented here regarding Scotland being Anti-Semitic should think twice before they open their mouths. There are many like myself who view Israel in a true light, know the advances made worldwide ,that have benefitted many people in all spheres, and all down to Israel. With regards to the release of Megrahi, the majority of Scotland ( I believe I can say the following with confidence) were against the release of said killer and at the least would like to have seen him appeal on the grounds of new evidence. What this new evidence was we will never know because the powers that be (Both Westminster and Scottish Parliament) decided to send him home.
          Freedom fighters is a description for terrorists used by the delusional left and I can assure you that Scots in general are not delusional. People all over the UK are waking up at last to the destruction of our country by mass immigration, pandering to the Muslims, eradicating our culture etc etc. No, I am not a racist, nor am I a facist but I am sick to the back teeth of this sick culture that is raising its ugly head in both Scotland and England.

          TO DANNY:

          We are not barbarians , so wash your mouth out as you do yourself no favours. We do not need division at times like this and what is to come. United we stand, divided we fall………….. :0)