"Over recent days there has been some highly misleading publicity in the national and international press concerning West Dunbartonshire Council’s policy on the boycott of Israeli goods. In light of this publicity, the Council has received a number of complaints.
The facts are as follows.
· The boycott on the purchase of Israeli goods followed a unanimous decision of West Dunbartonshire Council in January 2009. The boycott was in response to the Israeli state’s policy and actions in the Occupied Territories.
· The boycott was not retrospective and applied only to purchases made from January 2009 onwards.
· The boycott has not prevented West Dunbartonshire’s library service from purchasing any book which it wished to purchase."