On Saturday 10 March the steering committee of Stand Up to Racism Scotland overwhelmingly voted down an emergency motion calling for the Confederation of Friends of Israel in Scotland (COFIS) – an organisation that works with the Israeli government to undermine Scottish solidarity with Palestine – to be told that it would not be welcome on the anti-racism march being held in Glasgow the following Saturday.
The Stand Up to Racism stance consolidates and normalises the view that Israel cannot be accused of apartheid and racism, and the even more vicious view that those who do so are themselves racists. This will help promote inflated ideas about the prevalence of anti-semitism, deflect from the struggle against Islamophobia and of course undermine support for Palestine.
Richard Haley explains how this damaging decision was taken.
Photo: COFIS walking behind the “apartheid wall” created by West Dunbartonshire Supports the People of Palestine.