OVER 600 people gave a magnificent kick-off to the campaign against Israeli sporting and cultural tours on Wednesday of last week. They protested against the football 'game of shame' between Scotland and Israel under-21s in Hamilton. The Scotsman reported that '300 police and 90 stewards were on duty in and around the ground, more than were used at the Champions League final.'
The protest was organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Muslim Association of Britain. From now on the Israeli state can only field teams in Scotland behind a wall of police.
The demonstrators showed creativity in getting round the Strathclyde police threat to arrest anyone holding a Palestinian flag inside the ground. They brought coloured balloons to form a makeshift one.