A delegation of 600 American Business people from a Fortune 500 company have cancelled their trip to the Scottish capital after it learned that the Glasgow City Council flew the Palestinian flag during the recent Gaza war.
The bosses of the prestigious company booked the trip for their staff and their spouses as a bonus type reward for hard work and targets reached.
The Scotsman reports that the Vice President of the corporation, Richard Cassini, cancelled the trip and sent a scathing letter to Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty in which he spelled out clearly the decision to cancel the trip:
“I was, until I read the article in the Scottish Express, and substantiated by the press all over the world, spearheading an event in Glasgow for 600 business visitors to be guests of your wonderful city. We were scheduling six days in Glasgow, three for business and three for leisure time. Having read your statement endorsing Hamas and its leadership due to the number of Muslims in your city, I have decided to cancel all plans for our trip.
“We are a Fortune 500 Company, so costs were really not a serious consideration, location was. Hopefully, the Muslim population that you so sincerely endorse will have the spending power of the very people you have chased away so well.”
The Glasgow City Council has received over 1,500 emails of complaint following their poorly timed and tasteless publicity stunt, intended to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.
What they ended up doing, according to at least 1,500 people, is to show support for Hamas and its terror rockets and tunnels without taking into account the Israeli side of the conflict.
Why don’t the city council fly an Israeli flag to show support and solidarity with the tiny Jewish state that has been bombarded by over 3,000 Palestinian rockets over the last month?
The Daily Express in Britain also reported that Cassini also took Docherty to task for not responding to the cancelation, several days after the trip was cancelled, and sent her a follow-up email: “It appears that being Provost of a wonderful city such as Glasgow does not require the holder of said title to have any manners, or upbringing whatsoever.”
Councilor Archie Graham eventually responded, saying that “Glasgow utterly abhors and rejects any forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.”
Jewish leaders from across the spectrum condemned the flag flying, with Jewish Representative Council President Paul Morron saying that “flying the flag is the worst kind of gesture politics” and noting that it “does nothing to alleviate the suffering on either side of the conflict.”