August 04, 2009

Boycott on trial or Israel on trial in Scotland?

Here's a note from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign:

Scottish boycott in political show trial for 'racism' (Fri 7th Aug)

Five SPSC members are facing trial on Friday for boycotting Israeli state-sponsored cultural ambassadors, the Jerusalem Quartet. The Israeli musicians, in the words of their admirers, believe that 'a rifle in one hand and a violin in the other is the ultimate Zionist statement.'

In the wake of the Israeli massacres in Gaza early this year, the original Breach of the Peace charge was dropped and new charges of “racially aggravated conduct” were issued.

Boycott helped end South African Apartheid, and can do likewise with Israel. The STUC is pushing the boycott, as are countless other organisations and individuals.

Help us fight the move to criminalise boycott of criminal Israel. The same British authorities who support the siege of Gaza are working to stifle Israel's critics here. The five accused are confident this trial will see the Israeli State and its British allies in the dock of the supreme court: the court of public opinion.

Even if you can only be there for 10 minutes to show your support, please meet outside the court at 9.30am on Friday, and stay for as little or as long as you can.

Fri 7th Aug 9.30am

Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Chambers Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1LB


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