Friends of Palestine WA has called a speakout this Friday to support the BDS (boycott, divestment & sanctions against Apartheid Israel) campaigners who were arrested in dawn raids on August 9 in Melbourne. The speakout will also be taking up threats by the Victorian government to use trade practices law against the BDS movement. This has implications for all progressive campaigners and is a major free speech issue.
The speakout will be in the Murray Street Mall outside the Perth Underground Station from 4:30pm on Friday 12 August.
Join the protest for free speech and a free Palestine.
The speakout will also be promoting the Boycott Apartheid Israel rally in Perth on September 17.
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The BDS (Boycott, Sanctions and Divestments campaign) is an international campaign to put pressure on Israel’s racist, Apartheid policies until it complies with international law and stops violating Palestinian human rights through the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
The BDS campaign is modeled on the successful campaign which culminated in the dismantling of South African Apartheid. Australians, in the tradition of non-violence, were active in that campaign.
BDS targets businesses that contribute to, or profit from, Israel’s violent military occupation of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Gaza.
Some BDS targets are Israeli owned, such as Max Brenner and Seacret Cosmetics (which mines the Dead Sea within occupied Palestine). Some BDS targets are international, such as Caterpillar (who produce special equipment to destroy Palestinian homes and agriculture) and Veolia transport and waste management (who are building railways on stolen Palestinian land, for exclusive Israeli use).
On July 5, at a BDS protest outside a Max Brenner shop in Melbourne, 19 peace activists were arrested. They thought consumers should be aware that this corporation directly funds Israeli military units which stand accused of War Crimes against Palestinian civilians.
On August 8, during dawn raids, 4 of these activists were re-arrested, accused of violating bail conditions by attending another protest.
Meanwhile the Victorian Government is trying to use anti-union “secondary boycott” laws to silence dissent against Israel’s appalling record.
Friends of Palestine WA stands in solidarity with the BDS campaigners who were arrested in Melbourne.
Why are Australian politicians shielding Israel, and criticising human rights activists?
Why do Palestinian human rights get ignored, while Australian military trade with Israel continues?
Why shouldn’t consumers know what corporations do with their profits?
Protest, consumer information and boycotts are integral to a democratic society!
For more information on BDS see www.bdsmovement.net.