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BDS and PSA win court case

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Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) South Africa and the Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) have announced their victory in a court case against the billboard advertising company, Continental Outdoor Media. The case related to the companies removal of a series of billboards taken out by BDS and the PSA, highlighting the Israeli occupation.

In a post on the BDS Facebook page, they further stated that Continental Outdoor Media were ordered to cover the legal costs of BDS SA.

In 2012, Continental Outdoor Media, after coming under pressure from the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, SA Zionist Federation and the Israeli lobby, removed several Palestine solidarity billboards put up around South Africa by BDS South Africa and the PSA.

The Palestine solidarity billboards graphically explained the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. In particular, the billboards which were removed, in a series of maps, depicted a shrinking Palestinian territory by an increasing Israeli Occupation over the years. Under the maps, “Palestinian Loss of Land – 1946 to 2010″ was printed in large letters. VOC


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1 comment

  1. At the heart of the case is the reaction of a particular pro-Israel constituency, on 29 October 2012, that hated to see the facts of the occupation displayed so visibly. They legitimise every occupation of homes and land, every dispossession of home and land and every expulsion from home and land.

    The court rejected their sensitivity as a basis for the limitation on freedom of expression. Look at the Mail and Guardian today what some people in this same community are saying about Archbishop Tutu. They claim freedom of expression for themselves and do not hesitate to deny it to others. The same platform says that they allow for all views in their community to be represented without censorship. However, that freedom is not extended to those who are critical of the policies of Israel.

    The question then is why did Radio 786 settle with SAJBOD. In fact the IUC-SAJBOD case was cited by the judge in the case.

    The facts on Palestine are so clear that we do not need any stupid, racist and anti-Semitic arguments to justify our stand. The legal, political and human rights arguments have largely been made. However even Justice Goldstone found out that when you stick to the law then you can be accused of anti-Semitism. Let us stick to sound arguments and solid grassroots organisation but let us believe that we are good enough to win.

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