Wgtn: solidarity picket against targeting of Auckland activists

January 8, 2010

Over the past week, 8 people have been arrested for protesting outside a tennis match involving Israeli Shahar Peer. This protest was in keeping with the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) campaign which seeks to cut off international support for the racist state of Israel.

Come along and show solidarity!

11am, Tuesday the 12th of Jan

Willis St, opposite BNZ centre

8 Arrested at tennis match protesting Israeli occupation

January 8, 2010

More photographs here.

8 people have been arrested over the past week, two of them today, for protesting outside the ASB Tennis Centre due to the presence of Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer. The protests are part of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, initiated in 2005 after an appeal from 170 Palestinian civil society organisations including trade unions, political and social organizations, and women’s and youth groups. The campaign calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.

According to Global Peace and Justice Auckland, the organisation behind this weeks protests, “A campaign around BDS of Israel has a power in NZ precisely because of its association with similar, successful campaigns against South African apartheid.” In the 1970s and 80’s New Zealand had a large anti-apartheid movement that targeted New Zealand’s sporting contacts with South Africa. John Minto, founder of Halt All Racist Tours (HART) one of the main organisations in that movement, was among those arrested at yesterdays protests.

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