- Published on Monday, 30 April 2012 11:18
On Tuesday, Pro- Palestinian activists in Australia will be put on trial for their participation in non violent protests in support of the BDS and against the Zionist Occupation by Israel.
19 activists were detained during a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Max Brenner chocolate store in Melbourne, which is owned by the Israeli conglomerate, the Strauss Group, a company that provides "care rations" for the Israeli Occupying Force which includes the Golani and the Givati brigades. These two key Israeli military brigades were involved in Israel's siege on Gaza 2008/09, and were responsible for the death of over 1,300 Palestinians.
According to the Socialist Worker paper, in a precendent- setting case, the Pro-Palestine activists will be fighting a variety of charges designed to criminalize dissent and to intimidate supporters of Palestine in Australia. During the demonstration the police used violent tactics including kittling, pressure point tactics and protesters reported that one woman had her shoulder dislocated whilst others reported bruising.