I would like to request all who are able to sign the statement of support for the 'Boycott Israel 19' defense campaign. On the 1st of July, 19 activists including myself were arrested by police in a clear attempt to stop effective political activism in support of Palestinian rights. The campaign has been growing as part of the global movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanction against Israel and it's continuing violation of human rights. The rally on July 1, is a continuation of regular rallies around Melbourne Central and QV where Max Brenner operates. Max Brenner has been a target of this campaign because of it's proud support of the Israeli Defense Force, providing "care packages" to the military and particularly key brigades who were instrumental in the assault on Gaza of 2008/2009. For more information please visit http://boycottisrael19.wordpress.com.
The Boycott Israel 19 will face court on the 5th of September charged variously with trespass, besetting and acting in a riotous manner. To show your support you can :
•Learn about and get involved in the growing campaign of Boycott, Divesment and Sanction:
Show your solidarity for the Palestinian people as they suffer under occupation, dispossession and continued human rights abuses.
See : http://www.bdsmovement.net/ & http://australianbdscampaign.wordpress.com/
•Sign the statement of support for the Boycott Israel 19 at: http://boycottisrael19.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/support-the-boycott-isra....
Sign this statement personally and ask your union, church and other organisations to also sign the statement.
•Donate to the defense fund:
As one of the larger political arrests in recent years, the outcome of this trial impacts not only on the ongoing Palestine solidarity campaign, but on broader civil liberties issues and the rights of political dissent.
By Shane Anderson