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We had an incredible number of conversations at the GFI stall today. Perhaps it was the gorgeous sunny weather but people were really keen to stop and talk about Israel, the BBC, Hamas and many other topics and of course being Glasgow, the weather!

A German gentleman, who hardly spoke any English, took a leaflet and said he loves Israel. He pointed to his cap and showed us the Sar-El logo. This organisation is the National Project for Volunteers for Israel. Volunteers contribute to the security of the State of Israel by assisting on IDF bases in a logistical support role. We know people who have spent time in Israel with Sar-El and they come home and immediately sign up to go back again. www.sar-el.org/programs/

Kasim is a young Glasgow University Chemistry student. He looked at our stall and remarked that usually when he sees Pro-Palestinian, he doesn’t see Pro-Israel right next to it. He came inside our gazebo and told our volunteers that he thought our message was “interesting” Without going into the very long and laboured discussion, what he basically felt was that “because of past history, Palestine does not belong to the Palestinians but to the Muslims”. His ideas were somewhat extreme and he advocated an end to secularism and said that peace in the Middle East will only exist under a Muslim society. We profoundly disagreed with many of his ideas but let the young man have his say, although much of what we said in response to his questions was greeted by his raised eyebrows and wry smiles. However, isn’t it good that people with such completely differing views to ours, can visit our stall and speak with our volunteers in a civilised manner.

At the same time as this conversation was happening inside the gazebo, in front of the stall another visitor was chatting to someone else about his love for Israel. He told us his name is Ian and he’s a Christian. He said that Israel is the only part of the Middle East where people have freedom and he hopes to visit soon with a Christian organisation.

Another gentleman said that “the road is riddled with Palestinian stalls” he couldn’t understand the one sided narrative that’s always heard on the BBC, while at the same time Israel is constantly bombarded with rockets from Gaza. Edward reminded us that the BBC has a news sharing agreement with Al Jazeera, which is of course funded by Qatar, so perhaps their information is not quite as impartial as it should be.

An ebullient bike rider stopped and asked in a very loud voice if we could do something about the “Hamas brigade down the road by the underground station”. He uttered a few choice expletives and said “I can’t stand them. A bunch of terrorists” He told us that he’s ex Royal Marines, so we introduced him to our friend and volunteer Thomas, who served with the Argyll and Southern Highlanders and who always loves to exchange stories about the services and the wonderful men and women who defend our country. We’re big supporters of the armed services at the GFI stall and they can always be assured of a warm welcome if they stop to chat.

We were amused to learn that there was an Israel hater’s stall set up at the bottom of Buchanan Street, outside the underground station. This guy has it seems, split off from the other two Israel haters’ stalls and set up on his own. We said last week that there’s rivalry between all the various groups and they’re all so busy hating one another, we’re surprised they’ve still got the energy to hate us so much. But to coin a much used quotation, ‘United we stand, divided they fall’

An Israeli family asked if we speak to the people who man these stalls and we said that we would very much like to have a dialogue with them and we’d tried on a few occasions over the years but they refuse to engage (however, the cowards love to troll us on social media) These guys speak a completely different language from us, so dialogue we guess might be a bit difficult. We talk of peace and they only know hate. The family have just walked part of the West Highland Way and are having a shopping day before travelling back to Israel tomorrow. They told us that they didn’t expect to see such a stall as ours in Scotland and said how much they appreciate what we do for Israel.

We hadn’t seen our friend William for quite a while. He’s the elderly gentleman we’ve often spoken about who comes to our stall for his stock of leaflets that he then leaves in libraries, on public transport and now he tells us, also goes into newsagents and leaves them between the pages of The National newspaper. Go William!

Once again our Ukrainian flag was a big draw for refugees from their war torn country. Five young people who all met on the plane journey to Glasgow are staying in temporary accommodation in a hotel and are hoping to soon be able to find somewhere to live and to also to be allowed to work. David told them about a wonderful scheme that offers complimentary food to welcome Ukrainians to Glasgow. If you live on the Southside of Glasgow, you will definitely know Ollies on Nithsdale Road. They and Xpresso Lounge and Dini’s pizzeria, also on Nithsdale Road, are part of this scheme. Ukrainians in Glasgow Facebook page will let people in other parts of Glasgow know who has signed up to this initiative. www.facebook.com/groups/ukrainiansinglasgow

A husband and wife and their three children also hope to find accommodation. We mainly only meet Ukrainian women and children as the men folk have to stay in Ukraine to defend their country. However, if there are 3 or more children in the family, the fathers are permitted to leave too. Everyone of course has had to leave behind parents and grandparents, some of whom are too elderly to travel.

Larysa took away a lot of our leaflets. She’s very supportive of Israel and said her ex husband is Jewish. She used to be a translator in Ukraine and now works as a cleaner to provide for her 11 year old son. Her English isn’t bad but she said that there’s no point speaking all the time with other Ukrainians, she needs to speak to Scottish people so that her English will improve. She said it’s difficult to make friends as people have their own lives and some do not want to spend time getting to know a stranger. She and Vicci have exchanged numbers and hope to meet up soon.

What can we say? Another great day at the GFI stall, made even more special as the sun shone for the entire day.
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We had an incredible number of conversations at the GFI stall today. Perhaps it was the gorgeous sunny weather but people were really keen to stop and talk about Israel, the BBC, Hamas and many other topics and of course being Glasgow, the weather!A German gentleman, who hardly spoke any English, took a leaflet and said he loves Israel. He pointed to his cap and showed us the Sar-El logo. This organisation is the National Project for Volunteers for Israel. Volunteers  contribute to the security of the State of Israel by assisting on IDF bases in a logistical support role. We know people who have spent time in Israel with Sar-El and they come home and immediately sign up to go back again. https://www.sar-el.org/programs/Kasim is a young Glasgow University Chemistry student. He looked at our stall and remarked that usually when he sees Pro-Palestinian, he doesn’t see Pro-Israel right next to it. He came inside our gazebo and told our volunteers that he thought our message was “interesting” Without going into the very long and laboured discussion, what he basically felt was that “because of past history, Palestine does not belong to the Palestinians but to the Muslims”. His ideas were somewhat extreme and he advocated an end to secularism and said that peace in the Middle East will only exist under a Muslim society. We profoundly disagreed with many of his ideas but let the young man have his say, although much of what we said in response to his questions was greeted by his raised eyebrows and wry smiles. However,  isn’t it good that people with such completely differing views to ours, can visit our stall and speak with our volunteers in a civilised manner.At the same time as this conversation was happening inside the gazebo, in front of the stall another visitor was chatting to someone else about his love for Israel. He told us his name is Ian and he’s a Christian. He said that Israel is the only part of the Middle East where people have freedom and he hopes to visit soon with a Christian organisation.Another gentleman said that “the road is riddled with Palestinian stalls” he couldn’t understand the one sided narrative that’s always heard on the BBC, while at the same time Israel is constantly bombarded with rockets from Gaza. Edward reminded us that the BBC has a news sharing agreement with Al Jazeera, which is of course funded by Qatar, so perhaps their information is not quite as impartial as it should be.An ebullient bike rider stopped and asked in a very loud voice if we could do something about the “Hamas brigade down the road by the underground station”. He uttered a few choice expletives and said “I can’t stand them. A bunch of terrorists” He told us that he’s ex Royal Marines, so we introduced him to our friend and volunteer Thomas, who served with the Argyll and Southern Highlanders and who always loves to exchange stories about the services and the wonderful men and women who defend our country. We’re big supporters of the armed services at the GFI stall and they can always be assured of a warm welcome if they stop to chat.We were amused to learn that there was an Israel hater’s stall set up at the bottom of Buchanan Street, outside the underground station. This guy has it seems, split off from the other two Israel haters’ stalls and set up on his own. We said last week that there’s rivalry between all the various groups and they’re all so busy hating one another, we’re surprised they’ve still got the energy to hate us so much.  But to coin a much used quotation, ‘United we stand, divided they fall’An Israeli family asked if we speak to the people who man these stalls and we said that we would very much like to have a dialogue with them and we’d tried on a few occasions over the years but they refuse to engage (however, the cowards love to troll us on social media) These guys speak a completely different language from us, so dialogue we guess might be a bit difficult. We talk of peace and they only know hate.  The family have just walked part of the West Highland Way and are having a shopping day before travelling back to Israel tomorrow. They told us that they didn’t expect to see such a stall as ours in Scotland and said how much they appreciate what we do for Israel.We hadn’t seen our friend William for quite a while. He’s the elderly gentleman we’ve often spoken about who comes to our stall for his stock of leaflets that he then leaves in libraries, on public transport and now he tells us, also goes into newsagents and leaves them between the pages of The National newspaper. Go William!Once again our Ukrainian flag was a big draw for refugees from their war torn country. Five young people who all met on the plane journey to Glasgow are staying in temporary accommodation in a hotel and are hoping to soon be able to find somewhere to live and to also to be allowed to work. David told them about a wonderful scheme that offers complimentary food to welcome Ukrainians to Glasgow. If you live on the Southside of Glasgow, you will definitely know Ollies on Nithsdale Road. They and Xpresso Lounge and Dini’s pizzeria, also on Nithsdale Road, are part of this scheme. Ukrainians in Glasgow Facebook page will let people in other parts of Glasgow know who has signed up to this initiative. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukrainiansinglasgowA husband and wife and their three children also hope to find accommodation. We mainly only meet Ukrainian women and children as the men folk have to stay in Ukraine to defend their country. However, if there are 3 or more children in the family, the fathers are permitted to leave too. Everyone of course has had to leave behind parents and grandparents, some of whom are too elderly to travel.Larysa took away a lot of our leaflets. She’s very supportive of Israel and said her ex husband is Jewish. She used to be a translator in Ukraine and now works as a cleaner to provide for her 11 year old son. Her English isn’t bad but she said that there’s no point speaking all the time with other Ukrainians, she needs to speak to Scottish people so that her English will improve. She said it’s difficult to make friends as people have their own lives and some do not want to spend time getting to know a stranger. She and Vicci have exchanged numbers and hope to meet up soon.What can we say? Another great day at the GFI stall, made even more special as the sun shone for the entire day.Image attachmentImage attachment

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I make notes throughout the day about the conversations we have at the stall.Apart from the new people who stop to chat, we of course always have many old friends who pop by to say hello.We didn’t mention them today but Jane and Mike are frequent and very welcome visitors.It’s always great to see them and we really enjoy our almost weekly chats

What a wonderful day on Buchanan Street. Best thing about it is speaking with people who don’t always agree with you. That’s what advocacy is about. I don’t think the Israel haters know this or are they just too afraid that they will show their ignorance and spill their lies

Wonderful read as always, and you all do such a great job at promoting peace. It doesn't matter how many stalls the haters have what matters is that most people who stop seem to know your stall is different to theirs.

Wonderful absolutely loved reading about your day I so look forward to you posts. Wishing you all a happy and blessed week 💕✡️🇮🇱

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Sammy’s article in today’s Jewish Telegraph about the flare up between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

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good for you, publishing an timely explanation

Keep up the Information for all to read the truth in the region

This is the full textOver 1,100 rockets were fired toward Israel from Gaza during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August 2022. Of those, almost 400 were successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system but, over 200 rockets fell short and landed inside the Gaza Strip. One of the rockets exploded in the Jabalia refugee camp and killed 4 children. Another 15 civilians were wounded.A video circulated by the Israel Defence Forces' spokesperson on Saturday showed a rocket hitting the Gazan refugee camp after being launched by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).By the end of the Operation, the IDF killed 13 terrorists and unfortunately 11 civilians that were used as human shields by the terrorists were also killed, due to the PIJ who launched rockets from populated areas. Islamic Jihad killed 16 civilians, including 4 children, with rocket fire that fell short inside Gaza. Therefore and importantly, more civilians in Gaza were killed by PIJ rockets than by Israeli strikes.How many world news outlets have provided this information and these statistics? Very few indeed. Why – because Israel is normally discriminated against by news sources who have an anti-Israel agenda at the heart of their editorial policy.Operation Breaking Dawn started just after 4pm Israel time on Friday by the IDF when it launched a series of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, specifically targeting Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leaders. Within a few minutes, the IDF eliminated the commander of the Islamic Jihad in northern Gaza, Tayseer Jabari, who was responsible for multiple terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. Unfortunately, a five-year-old girl was also killed. Why was Jabari, who knew he was an Israeli target, live in the same building as young children?On Saturday night, the IDF eliminated Khaled Mansour, the commander of the Islamic Jihad’s Southern Gaza Division, responsible for dozens of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.Whilst Israel was using precise and strategic targeting techniques in order to avoid killing civilians, the PIJ fired over 1,000 rockets deliberately aimed at the Israeli civilian population including in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the third holiest site for Moslems. However, instead of killing Israelis, the rockets instead killed their own brothers in Gaza. One of these rockets fell in the heart of Jabalia refugee camp killing several civilians including four children.Why did Israel initiate the air strikes on the Friday afternoon? This followed a joint operation in Jenin conducted by the IDF, Israel Security Agency (also known as the Shin Bet) and Border Police Special Operations Forces that captured Bassam al-Sa’adi, a leader of the PIJ in the West Bank along with his deputy and dozens of other wanted men. The suspects were taken into custody for interrogation.Following this raid, intelligence from the Israeli security establishment resulted in raising the level of defence preparedness in Israel to the highest level for the areas near Gaza Strip. There was verified information that Palestinian snipers would try to shoot at civilians, or fire rockets or tank shells into the country. As a result of these threats from the PIJ, half of Israel's residents were under the threat of rocket fire and for 7 days had to ensure close proximity to shelters thus disrupting the daily routine of thousands of civilians. In addition, train services from the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon to the town of Sderot had also been halted.Furthermore, the Erez crossing, which is the only passage between Palestinian territory and Israel, had also been sealed.With assistance from mediators, Israel attempted to lower the security threat in order to ensure that life for its citizens could be restored to normal. During this period, the PIJ Secretary General Ziyad al-Nakhalah was in Iran. He met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Friday and also held a working meeting with the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). PIJ which is funded by Iran, would not initiate any threats against Israel without Teheran’s agreement and therefore there is little doubt that Iran is behind this conflict.It is worth noting however that Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, did not participate in this short conflict or assist the PIJ in its clashes with the IDF. This may be because following the last conflict in May 2021, Hamas is still not ready for another clash probably because it has not replenished its rocket capacity or reconstructed its underground tunnel network. Also, since last May, Israel has increased to 14,000 the number of Gazan workers given permits to work in Israel. Due to the disparity in pay, these workers are crucial to the Gazan economy, as they can earn more than 3 times the daily wage in Israel, compared to that in the Gaza Strip.Why one may wonder did the PIJ agree to a cease-fire so quickly, less than 3 days after the start of the fighting? The reasons are that the leaders of both terror groups are rarely affected by the fighting. They and their families are normally away from the impacted areas in Qatar or Jordan or Iran and their families are usually safe in underground bunkers. It is important to note that Palestinian terror groups in Gaza receive orders from their Iranian masters. They impose the conditions of any ceasefires that serve their interests and in this case, because senior PIJ leaders in Gaza had been eliminated, it threatened to completely destroy the command chain that has been carefully nurtured in Gaza by Iran.Recognition must go to Egypt and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi who successfully led the mediation efforts to bring an end to the hostilities late on the Sunday night, which was followed by the opening of the Erez crossing from Israel to once again allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Excellent article. Clear explanation and background information.

Fabulous article Sammy and 100% spot on

Great article 💯accurate thank you for publishing

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Today on Buchanan Street we had conversations with visitors from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Syria, Venezuela, Eritrea, South Africa, Canada, Ukraine, many from different parts of the UK and 3 visits from Israelis. Surely that must be a record, even for our busy GFI stall.

A couple from Northern Ireland looked at one side of the leaflet we hand out which asks the question ‘Where in the Middle East do you find: Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, Democracy, Freedom of Religion, Free Press, Independent judiciary, Equal pay for men and women’? (no prizes for the correct answer) They told us that a Palestinian woman they know said to them that if she even kisses her boyfriend in public, the Palestinian police would arrest her. They are both great supporters of Israel and they’re planning a visit in November. We talk about Ireland a lot to visitors at the stall and say that after such a long conflict that ended with a peace treaty, we’re sure that this will eventually happen between the Israelis and Palestinians.

A Rangers fan came to tell us that we have his support. He pointed up the road to the two Palestinian stalls that have now set up there and said “they’re just terrorists”

Two up the road and another one further down Buchanan Street from us! That one is manned by a husband and wife set up who spend their lives fighting and arguing with the other Israel hating groups in Glasgow (yes really) and of course, trolling and stalking us on social media. The wife usually just walks past our stall without a sideways glance and then spends so much of her sad, pathetic life on our Facebook page and spouts her venom and disinformation about us and Israel on social media. But today, the nasty wee wummin decided to interrupt our conversations with visitors, trying to tell them that we tell lies “just look at their Facebook, it’s all lies” Seriously? That’s rich coming from someone like her and she was told as much during one of her uninvited visits.

Ah well, if she thought she could spoil our day on Buchanan Street, she was very much mistaken, she just ended up sounding very foolish as she tried to interrupt conversations with visitors who were telling us how much they admired what we do.

Nancy from Canada was so taken with our stall and asked if she could have her photograph taken in front of our banners. One photo was sent home to her friends and the other you can see on this post. She told us that she just loves our message, as did Sha and Sand from Uzbekistan. They said “we love what you say” and stayed to chat for a while before taking away a few of our booklets to read and learn more about Israel.

The mad woman from down the road tried to butt in to a conversation we were having with Gere, an Eritrean who’s an Uber Eats bike delivery man. She obviously has absolutely no idea about the Eritrean community that live in Glasgow. They love Israel and Gere was no exception. He was delighted to see us on Buchanan Street and told us that he’d spent 3 years in Israel and loved the country and took great pleasure in speaking with Sammy in Hebrew. He told us that he and others in his community attend an Eritrean church in Glasgow and they also go to services in an Egyptian church, both of which pray for Israel. We look forward to visiting both churches and getting to know the pastors and congregations.

A lovely lady called Nigar from Azerbaijan told us that she and her Scottish husband live in Singapore and are in Glasgow visiting his family. She told us that her country is very grateful to Israel for supporting them in the ongoing conflict with Armenia in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is situated in Azerbaijan. She identified strongly with our support of Ukraine and told us that she and her husband are hoping to move to Glasgow and that she will spend more time at the stall with us when that happens.

Paulina and her daughter Sofia were our only Ukrainian visitors today. They both speak English very well and for the first time, we were able to have a lengthy conversation with Ukrainians who have come to Scotland for refuge and to escape the Russian war. They’re living with a family in Paisley and said they are very welcoming and enjoy swapping Ukrainian and Scottish recipes, which they all sit down and eat together. Paulina’s husband is still in Kyiv and her parents live in Western Ukraine and thankfully are all safe.

It’s been a while since we saw Debbie and Sean. They came to our stall quite a while ago and said they are great supporters of Israel. They’re originally from South Africa and now live in Elgin and have just returned from a visit to South Africa to their son’s wedding. He converted to Judiasm and married a South African Jewish girl. We spoke about the South African couple who came to our stall a couple of weeks ago and said they’re leaving the country and hope to move to the UK. They told us that their family had their farm confiscated and there’s no future for white people in SA. They said that all their Israeli friends have already moved away. So very sad.

Two young Syrians spent some time talking with our volunteer about the obstacles to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. They do not believe that Israel actually seeks a peace solution, even though it was explained that on a number of occasions Israel offered to hold negotiations with the Palestinian leadership who, over the past 20 or so years have steadfastly refused to come to the table and talk about peace. However, the two Syrian gentlemen agreed that it’s good to talk and they have said that they will come back next Saturday to continue the discussion.

We all agreed that today was really great. It’s so interesting meeting people from so many countries, learning a little about their culture and hearing how much they enjoy our welcoming city and of course we just love how much they all support our message of peace at the GFI stall.
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Today on Buchanan Street we had conversations with visitors from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Syria, Venezuela, Eritrea, South Africa, Canada, Ukraine, many from different parts of the UK and 3 visits from Israelis. Surely that must be a record, even for our busy GFI stall.A couple from Northern Ireland looked at one side of the leaflet we hand out which asks the question ‘Where in the Middle East do you find: Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, Democracy, Freedom of Religion, Free Press, Independent judiciary, Equal pay for men and women’? (no prizes for the correct answer) They told us that a Palestinian woman they know said to them that if she even kisses her boyfriend in public, the Palestinian police would arrest her. They are both great supporters of Israel and they’re planning a visit in November. We talk about Ireland a lot to visitors at the stall and say that after such a long conflict that ended with a peace treaty, we’re sure that this will eventually happen between the Israelis and Palestinians.A Rangers fan came to tell us that we have his support. He pointed up the road to the two Palestinian stalls that have now set up there and said “they’re just terrorists”Two up the road and another one further down Buchanan Street from us! That one is manned by a husband and wife set up who spend their lives fighting and arguing with the other Israel hating groups in Glasgow (yes really) and of course, trolling and stalking us on social media. The wife usually just walks past our stall without a sideways glance and then spends so much of her sad, pathetic life on our Facebook page and spouts her venom and disinformation about us and Israel on social media. But today, the nasty wee wummin decided to interrupt our conversations with visitors, trying to tell them that we tell lies “just look at their Facebook, it’s all lies” Seriously? That’s rich coming from someone like her and she was told as much during one of her uninvited visits.Ah well, if she thought she could spoil our day on Buchanan Street, she was very much mistaken, she just ended up sounding very foolish as she tried to interrupt conversations with visitors who were telling us how much they admired what we do.Nancy from Canada was so taken with our stall and asked if she could have her photograph taken in front of our banners. One photo was sent home to her friends and the other you can see on this post. She told us that she just loves our message, as did Sha and Sand from Uzbekistan. They said “we love what you say” and stayed to chat for a while before taking away a few of our booklets to read and learn more about Israel.The mad woman from down the road tried to butt in to a conversation we were having with Gere, an Eritrean who’s an Uber Eats bike delivery man. She obviously has absolutely no idea about the Eritrean community that live in Glasgow. They love Israel and Gere was no exception. He was delighted to see us on Buchanan Street and told us that he’d spent 3 years in Israel and loved the country and took great pleasure in speaking with Sammy in Hebrew. He told us that he and others in his community attend an Eritrean church in Glasgow and they also go to services in an Egyptian church, both of which pray for Israel. We look forward to visiting both churches and getting to know the pastors and congregations.A lovely lady called Nigar from Azerbaijan told us that she and her Scottish husband live in Singapore and are in Glasgow visiting his family. She told us that her country is very grateful to Israel for supporting them in the ongoing conflict with Armenia in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is situated in Azerbaijan. She identified strongly with our support of Ukraine and told us that she and her husband are hoping to move to Glasgow and that she will spend more time at the stall with us when that happens.Paulina and her daughter Sofia were our only Ukrainian visitors today. They both speak English very well and for the first time, we were able to have a lengthy conversation with Ukrainians who have come to Scotland for refuge and to escape the Russian war. They’re living with a family in Paisley and said they are very welcoming and enjoy swapping Ukrainian and Scottish recipes, which they all sit down and eat together. Paulina’s husband is still in Kyiv and her parents live in Western Ukraine and thankfully are all safe.It’s been a while since we saw Debbie and Sean. They came to our stall quite a while ago and said they are great supporters of Israel. They’re originally from South Africa and now live in Elgin and have just returned from a visit to South Africa to their son’s wedding. He converted to Judiasm and married a South African Jewish girl. We spoke about the South African couple who came to our stall a couple of weeks ago and said they’re leaving the country and hope to move to the UK. They told us that their family had their farm confiscated and there’s no future for white people in SA. They said that all their Israeli friends have already moved away. So very sad.Two young Syrians spent some time talking with our volunteer about the obstacles to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. They do not believe that Israel actually seeks a peace solution, even though it was explained that on a number of occasions Israel offered to hold negotiations with the Palestinian leadership who, over the past 20 or so years have steadfastly refused to come to the table and talk about peace. However, the two Syrian gentlemen agreed that it’s good to talk and they have said that they will come back next Saturday to continue the discussion.We all agreed that today was really great. It’s so interesting meeting people from so many countries, learning a little about their culture and hearing how much they enjoy our welcoming city and of course we just love how much they all support our message of peace at the GFI stall.Image attachmentImage attachment

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bravo, what a great day you have had...I was thinking about you all this afternoon, as I havent seen your posts for quite a while, and wondered if you were all still active.....as our sirens are sounding here in Israel, and once again we seem to be in a state of war, your comments and the support we seem to be getting, is very appreciated.. xxxx

Terrific work as usual. You'll have to get a map so that you can mark all the countries you have visitors from.💖

What a marvelous day you’ve had! Your support is so highly appreciated by us here in Israel, especially as we’re under attack yet again. Kol hakavod to you all!

Thanks for supporting us over there. 🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱

A pleasure to read about your day, as always. The amount of people you all get to speak to in a few hours is just incredible.

What an incredible day you have had , such interesting and varied nationalities all in support of your message of peace . What wonderful work you do 👏👏👏👏 .

When I lived in Glasgow I never realised that Buchanan Street was the crossroads of the world!

Another great day for you all. Love reading about all the people you have stopping at your stall, such a varied and interesting and, interested group of visitors! 😇🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱

Keep up your good work sammy and Vicki and your team you are all amazing

👏👏👏 another interesting day for all of you. It’s always good to hear that the majority of people stopping by your stall are Israeli enthusiasts. You all do such an amazing job at promoting peace.

Another interesting day for you all …. And a great report! Love the photos! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️🇮🇱

thanks so much for your support back there in Bonnie Scotland.

Great work yet again!

Been thinking of you and the wonderful work you do on this very difficult day.

What a wonderful day you’ve had your interesting post is a delight to read and I thank you for all your hard work in promoting peace. Wishing you all a happy and blessed week ✡️🇮🇱💕

Fantastic as always

I’m breathless following the flow of energy you expend every week. 💕

Today was a sunshine day with a most unusual array of visitors from many parts of the world. Interestingly however, there was little discussion about the current flare up in Gaza which was initiated by Israel in an attempt to pre-emptive an attack by Islamic Jihad.The latest news is that over 300 rockets have been launched towards Israel but almost 100 have landed in Gaza. Just think about it. Rockets fired by PIJ have landed in Gaza possibly injuring or killing residents of Gaza whilst the world blames Israel.Lets hope a cease fire is in place soon

If you ever want to give someone who is questioning Israel’s desire for peace wity the Palestinians… read up on this initiative that sadly failed… if it hadn’t middle east woudl be a VERY different place today!!Lastly… as we know if Gaza is under a blockade… how come it doesn’t have total freedom Across ths 30 or so Mike uninterrupted border is shares wity Egypt??? I understand that Egypt has a shoot to kill policy on any Palestinians crossing into their land… dinnae hear many people angry about taht or marching on Egypt Embassies!! Can’t think why?!?🤯🤯🤯🇮🇱en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peres–Hussein_London_Agreement

Sound like you had a fruitful day but for the sour fruity woman. You do a great job out there. So Interesting to meet so many people from different backgrounds. Well done 👏

These animals in Gaza will never want peace and if it ever came to pass these useless bastards would stab you in the back

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