“Racism” Charges Against Scottish PSC Thrown Out

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We would like to congratulate Scottish PSC on their recent victory in court and commend Sheriff Scott for “De-Criminalising Solidarity”.

The background… members of the Scottish PSC were in court over their interrupted a performance by the Jerusalem Quartet:

The 5 members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign had interrupted a performance by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2008. They were initially charged with breach of the peace and held in police custody but were released to face a different charge of ‘aggravated racism’.

The charges of “racially aggravated conduct” which were levelled at the 5 members of the SPSC were thrown out by Sheriff James Scott at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday 8th April 2010.

The campaigners had been accused of making “comments about Jews, Israelis, and the State of Israel”, but during a three-day legal debate at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, a BBC audio recording of the event revealed that there had been no reference made to “Jews”. Comments included “They are Israeli Army musicians”, “End the Siege of Gaza”, “Genocide in Gaza”, and “Boycott Israel”.

Sheriff James Scott ruled that “the comments were clearly directed at the State of Israel, the Israeli Army, and Israeli Army musicians”, and not targeted at “citizens of Israel” per se. “The procurator fiscal’s attempts to squeeze malice and ill will out of the agreed facts were rather strained”, he said

Read more at IndyMedia…

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