Greg Wilkinson's update:
The police said they were ending their enquiry, lifting bail
and would take no further action. They returned computer,
papers and other bits and pieces, including boycott posters
and some dregs of red paint. When I asked why the change-about,
they were vague but said it might be lack of evidence. It could
also be messages they were getting from MPs and others. Certainly, there was no
evidence: the alleged offence was conspiracy to commit racially aggravated criminal
damage, but there had been no conspiracy and no racism. The slogan they had cited was
'Boycott Israeli Goods' and the detective in charge seemed to agree that Israel was a
state, not a race, and that some Israeli Jews, among many others, supported a boycott to bring
pressure to bear on the Israeli government and help secure respect for human rights
and international law in Palestine. We here in the Swansea area will continue with
our Boycott, so look out for the dates of future Pickets.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
The five Scottish PSC members who were arrested when they disrupted the performance
of the Israeli-state-sponsored Jerusalem Quartet at last August’s Edinburgh Festival
will be at Edinburgh Sheriff Court (Chambers St) on Friday from 9.30am.
In the aftermath of the Gaza massacres, in what appears to have been a demonstration
of solidarity with Israel, the original charge of Breach of the Peace was swapped
for one of “racially aggravated conduct”.
This is a clear push to quash the increasing international campaign to Boycott
Apartheid Israel by attempting to criminalise it.
If the same means had been used to stifle the boycott of Apartheid South Africa, the
racist regime would likely still be in office there.
Boycott is a powerful non-violent weapon in the fight for justice in Palestine; it
is important that we face up to this challenge.