Hundreds of people participated in protests in Edinburgh during the International Shalom Festival. The one-day international festival was part of Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s biggest arts Festival.
Demonstrators called for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel, especially highlighting the importance of cultural boycotts. An array of Palestine solidarity groups took part making a stand against Israel’s cultural event and its illegal occupation. Evelyn McGregor, of Edinburgh Action for Palestine said, “this festival is using the arts as a tool for normalising human rights violations”.
On Wednesday night, Celtic faced Israel’s Hapoel Beer Sheva in the champion’s league play-off. Despite pressure from UEFA to ban Palestine flags being used during the game. Celtic fans filled the stadium with a sea of Palestine flags showing their unwavering support for Palestine.
“Protestors are showing up in large numbers to make a stand against Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid policies. The demonstrations show the power the BDS movement has to hold Israel account for its crimes and human rights abuses. The Shalom Festival and Celtic match with Hapoel Beer Sheva highlight the growing impact of cultural boycotts.” – FOA