Articles

  • Student occupation of St Andrews University in solidarity with Gaza, 2009

    Letter to Interfaith Scotland regarding our concerns over their planned youth (18-30) conference on “Radicalisation and Reconciliation”, featuring speakers from the Active Change Foundation and Quilliam International. We believe the work of these organisations to be incompatible with Interfaith Scotland's aims.

  • The circulation of the ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters has caused concern. Stay safe and stand up to hate.

  • by Richard Haley

    A motion calling for COFIS to be told they would not be welcome at the anti-racism march in Glasgow was discussed at the Stand Up to Racism Scotland Steering Committee meeting on 10 March. This article provides some background and explains the formal basis for the resolution.

  • SACC deplores the decision by Stand Up to Racism Scotland to do nothing to stop COFIS (Confederation of Friends of Israel in Scotland) participating in the march or to indicate disapproval of COFIS

  • by Richard Haley
    Apartheid Wall

    The Confederation of Friends of Israel in Scotland says its members will join the anti-racism march in Glasgow on 17 March. They will try to use their participation to promote the idea that they can be anti-racist at the same time as supporting Israeli apartheid, to smear as anti-semitic those who oppose that position, to co-opt the march into their smear campaign, and to crow over their success in participating in it.

  • by Richard Haley
    Anti-semitism is a crime, anti-zionism is a duty

    The Scottish Government has adopted the controversial definition of anti-semitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. It needs to think again.

  • Stop Arming Saudi

    Revulsion over British complicity in Saudi war crimes has put Britain’s relationship  with Saudi Arabia under welcome scrutiny. But attention is likely to be deflected onto Britain’s Muslim communities. They are at risk, yet again, of being scapegoated from the outside and de-politicised from the inside. A Scottish initiative is a world leader at doing just that.

  • Samena Dean presenting Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools

    A new report on experiences of Islamophobia in Edinburgh schools was launched at a packed meeting at Edinburgh's Annandale Mosque on Friday 2 June. It received enthusiastic support from Ben Macpherson MSP and Councillors Gordon Munro, Amy Mcneese-Mechan and Susan Rae.

  • Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools

    Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools reveals worrying levels of both verbal and physical abuse. The booklet can be downloaded here.

  • by Paul O'Hanlon
    Manchester Town Hall

    Let’s stand firm with the victims of violence be it Manchester, Madrid, Moscow, Nice, Paris, Brussels, New York, London, Fallujah, Aleppo, Mosul, Palestine and indeed everywhere. And let’s have an ethical foreign policy and drain that swamp.

  • Armed police posing at Glasgow airport

    A freedom of information response from Strathclyde Police, dated 29 January 2010, gives an interesting picture of the development of the Prevent strategy in Scotland. The statement emphasises the intelligence-gathering aspect of Prevent.

  • Scrap Prevent

    SACC briefing on Prevent, updated for Spring 2017. What Prevent is, why it's wrong, what the law says about it and what we should do about it.

  • Robert Gordon University

    87% of funding awarded to NGOs by the Scottish Government to support delivery of the 'Prevent' counter-extremism strategy goes to undisclosed organisations.  The Scottish Government has provided limited information on how the remaining 13% is being spent. Recipients have included Robert Gordon University, St Andrews University and Edinburgh University.

  • Scrap Prevent

    Model resolution on the Prevent strategy for political parties and other organisations in Scotland.

  • Policing the classroom

    The Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE) has been heavily funded by the police. What exactly are the police getting for their money?

  • Speakers at the SACC/IHRC Islamophobia conference 2016, Edinburgh
    The SACC/IHRC Islamophobia Conference was held at the Augustine United Church, Edinburgh on Saturday 3 December.
  • Orkney Islands Council Coat of Arms
    A Prevent Action Plan released by Orkney Islands Council reveals that not just teachers, but Parent Councils and volunteers working with schools are to be given briefings on Prevent. A similar plan from Aberdeen reveals worrying intelligence-gatherin activities.
  • Inauguration of the Court of Session, 1532
    Public bodies say that they are legally required to implement the Prevent strategy under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (CTSA) 2015. Are they really?
  • by Frances Webber
    ADX Florence, Colorado
    Writing in October 2012, former barrister Frances Webber looks at the injustice confronting Khalid al-Fawwaz, the facing extradition to the US after being held for 14 years without trial in the UK
  • by Richard Haley
    Take Onwership workshop, Falkirk, December 2016

    Amina MWRC was given £21,000 by the Scottish Government in 2016 for "Educating Against Extremism". This sits awkwardly with its claim that its workshops were not funded by Prevent.