The May 1, 2012 meeting of the Friends of Palestine WA has reaffirmed its support for the Max Brenner 19 – Palestine solidarity activists in Melbourne who face trial for supporting Palestinian human rights.
The activists in question took part in a July 1, 2011 protest action outside a Melbourne Central Max Brenner chocolate store. Max Brenner is Israeli owned and actively supports extreme sections of the Israeli military forces.
This means that Max Brenner is a legitimate target of the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Apartheid Israel.
Israel’s Apartheid policies include the illegal occupation of Palestine, a raft of discriminatory laws against Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship and the refusal of right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.
Australian authorities should be breaking their alliance with Apartheid Israel and speaking out on the international stage against Israel’s Apartheid policies instead of trying to criminalise activists who are protesting here in support of Palestinian human rights.