Dear all,

Member Eurig Scandrett, Peter Macdonald (former Leader of the Iona Community) and I have been organising a citizens’ apology for the Balfour Declaration to take place outside the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, 2nd November (exactly 100 years since Balfour sent his infamous letter to Lord Rothschild) at 11am. I very much hope you will be able to join us – it would be good to have at least 100 people present, everyone carrying a placard they have made themselves at home. The wording on the placards we leave to you.

Timetable:

11am: Eurig has organised a group from Palestine to lead community singing until 11.30am.

11.30am: Address by Sandra White MSP (Chair of the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Israel/Palestine) and two other MSPs. To be followed by Khaled Khahil, Issam Hijjawi and Hala, who will speak for Palestinian women.

Noon: A minute’s silence, during which we hope all placards will be lowered. The silence will be broken by a piper playing a lament, and at the end of the lament we hope there will be vigorous placard-waving. Peter will address us all following this, and then everyone is free to disperse.

– Allan Gordon

Photo © Mahmoud Alkurd, Network of Photographers for Palestine

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