SOME 100 activists took part in a conference in Edinburgh on Saturday on 'Giving effective solidarity to the Palestinians'. John McAllion, Labour MSP, opened the conference by insisting that unity of all campaigners for Palestine was essential.
Izhar Kan from Aberdeen Palestine Solidarity Committee located the Palestinian struggle in the wider context of global struggles against oppression and imperialism.
Lloyd Quinan, an SNP MSP, stressed the need for the broadest campaign, pointing out the depth of international support for Israel from major corporations such as Microsoft.
Ibrahem Hewitt from the Islamic Society of Britain argued for Muslims to join with members of all faiths and none to oppose racism and injustice. George Galloway MP and Donny Gluckstein ended the day's conference with contributions that showed the racist nature of Zionism.
MICK NAPIER, chair Scottish PSC and Edinburgh Leith SSP
AROUND 500 marched in Manchester last Saturday demanding an end to the occupation of Palestine. The march brought together an important range of groups, including Greater Manchester CND, the Stop the War Coalition, the Socialist Workers Party, Manchester Friends of Palestine, the Islamic Society and the Muslim Society.
Manchester CND chair Rae Street told Socialist Worker, 'The US and British government say they are against weapons of mass destruction. They are hypocrites. When the UN debated a resolution to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone it was opposed by one country-Israel.'
Zeenet said, 'It was not until the Palestinians started fighting that anyone noticed them. 'Ordinary people have to take action. That is why I am on the march.'
SOME 400 people packed an excellent meeting in Tower Hamlets, east London, in solidarity with the Palestinians last week.
The meeting was organised by different Islamic organisations. Organisers stressed they want a Palestine where Muslims, Jews and Christians can all live together. George Galloway MP attacked US and British imperialism. He argued that to win justice for Palestine would demand the 'toppling of thrones and presidencies' across the Middle East.
The mainly young Muslim audience received this message enthusiastically. Local Stop the War Coalition members spoke from the floor. They pointed out that oil was key to US imperialism's interest in the Middle East.
OVER 100 people protested against Sharon's visit to meet Blair at Downing Street last week.