Articles

  • The last 3 years have seen a rapid rise in the number of people in Sotland reported through the controversial 'Prevent' counter-radicalisation scheme

  • by Richard Haley
    COFIS on an anti-racism march, Glasgow, 18 March 2017

    Friends of Israel say they will be joining this year's anti-racism march in Glasgow. They robustly support Israel while claiming to be anti-racist. Who are they?

  • The SACC/IHRC annual Islamophobia Scotland conference was held at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh on 15 December 2018. This year's theme was "Islamophobia and silencing criticism of Israel"

  • Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit

    The Counter-Islamophobia Kit (CIK) contains key actionable messages to be conveyed to policy makers, national governments, professionals, civil society, the media and practitioners from across the EU. It was launched at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 Seprember 2018.

  • Police have raided the homes of members of Edinburgh's Kurdish community in relation to alleged support for the PKK. Evidence of this so-called support consists, apparently, of scarves and flags in the colours of Kurdistan.

  • Aamer Anwar speaking outside the Lord Advocate's office, 3 October 2018

    Sheku Bayoh's family were devastated to hear that no charges are tp be brought against police over his death in police custody. Full statement issued by Aamer Anwar on behalf of the family.

  • The Justice for Sheku Bayoh Campaign was launched at a meeting in Glasgow on 25 July 2015. Around 200 people attended the meeting, dissolving the toxic fog of silence and disinformation that until then had surrounded Sheku's death in police custody.

  • by Richard Haley
    Queuing for renewal of residence permits, Turin

    The SACC website has been offline since June for technical reasons. Sorry!

  • Protestors create a wall in front of COFIS, Glasgow 17 March 2018

    Stand Up to Racism Scotland rejected requests for it to tell the Confederation of Friends of Israel in Scotland (COFIS) – an organisation that works with the Israeli government to undermine Scottish solidarity with Palestine – that it would not be welcome on the anti-racism march in Glasgow on 17 March 2018. Richard Haley reveals how this damaging decision was taken.

  • 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.

  • 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.