Islamic Militants & Leftist Tools Planned Another Kristallnacht Against Max Brenner’s Chocolate Shops
The hateful morons can protest all they want, in a public space, but they cannot terrorize a business or its customers because it has Jewish ownership. That’s economic terrorism.
That’s Â exactly what Â they did the last time. Looks like the police learned a lesson:
It was Brisbane’s turn yesterday to face the fury of the pro-BDS campaign against the Max Brenner Chocolate shops â€“ but the 40 protesters found themselves herded by 30 police into a prepared enclosure well away from the popular store.
BDS action leaves bitter taste
JEWISH Melburnian Bruce Hill and a small band of protesters agreed to call off a counter-rally in opposition to a pro-Palestinian demonstration last Friday, but he is not entirely happy about the decision.
A crowd, reported to be around 100-strong, besieged a Max Brenner chocolate shop at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Square on Lonsdale Street last Friday night, shouting “From Â the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” while frightened shoppers kept their distance.
Any idea where that mystical “Palestine” is?Â
Although Hill, a long-time Israel supporter, and five other protesters complied with police requests, he said seven decades after Nazis barred entry to Jewish stores in Germany and Austria, he and other Jews felt compelled to voice their disgust when Max Brenner shops in Melbourne and Sydney were declared off limits because of their ties to Israel.
“All we were planning to do was stand very quietly, not engage with these people, and hold posters showing Nazi stormtroopers outside Jewish shops, with the slogan, ‘Berlin 1933, Melbourne 2011’,” he said.
Hill emphasised pro-Palestinians had a right to demonstrate peacefully. “You’re allowed to demonstrate, obviously, but I think the tactics of boycotting stores has a pretty deep and shocking resonance,” he toldÂ The AJN.
The protest, though, was anything but peaceful. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators ignored police orders to move on and scuffles broke out, leaving some officers injured.
A police spokesperson toldÂ The AJNÂ there were 19 arrests â€“ 13 men and six women â€“ and 16 have been charged and bailed on offences including trespassing, besetting a premises and assaulting police. Three others were issued with penalty notices for riotous behaviour.
Three police received minor injuries but no member of the public was injured. A police cordon set up to protect the premises and shield shoppers in the precinct held firm against the violent display.
The local group, Students for Palestine, claims the Max Brenner chain’s parent company, Strauss Corporation, supplies its sweets to the Israel Defence Forces. It therefore sought to bar Melbourne shoppers from buying their chocolates as part of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) action.
New Zealand-born Hill said the counter-protest he organised with Ted Lapkin, a former consultant with the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, was a personal initiative and did not have backing from any Jewish community group.
He said police told Israel supporters they had a right to protest but it might interfere with policing the political action.
Yet Hill said he felt uneasy about looking on. “How did that work out in the 1930s? Last time we took that approach, how did it work out?”
Hill called on the Jewish community to have a dialogue about how to respond to BDS rallies. “It’s a discussion I think the community needs to have. Do we say nothing or do we do something? Both have things to be said for and against them.”
Responding to the city demonstration, Jewish Community Council of Victoria president John Searle said: “It’s not surprising that with the degree of violence and the purpose of the demonstrations that has been displayed to date that so many arrests occurred. I have full faith in the authorities to deal with these events and take appropriate action.”
Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby condemned the protesters as “prejudiced fanatics who should look into their soul, while 1500 people are murdered in Syria, they launch their own sad little attack on a chocolate shop because it also has stores in Israel”.
Danby urged the community to “warm up over winter” with Max Brenner hot chocolate, rather than boycott the store.
A similar BDS event was staged outside a Max Brenner outlet in Sydney on June 11.
Greg Smith is right – but for saying the very same things I face two threats of legal action, which suggests he might also recommend changes to the law to protect free speech on this issue:
NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith has accused the Greens of echoing the worst aspects of historical anti-Semitism in EuropeÂ in their bid to ban economic, sporting and cultural contacts with Israel.
In a speech at Sydney University today, Mr Smith will argue the party’s support for the BDS campaign reveals “an ugly underbelly of the Australian Greens’ agenda”.
“The BDS resolution against Jewish businesses passed in December 2010 by the Marrickville Council and, more recently, violent activist protests against Jewish businesses, in particular Max Brenner chocolate and coffee stores, are eerily reminiscent of Jewish pogroms of earlier times,” he will say.
Intensifying his attack on the Greens, Mr Smith will accuse the party of displaying “a strong atheistic and anti-religious tendency” that works against religious freedom. “Where there is an attempt to curtail the rights of religious groups, particularly Christian ones, the Greens are never too far away.”
Â Selective Justice:
A MAN who was sacked for allegedly vilifying Jews by etching a swastika onto a freezer door will receive $4800 after an appeal upheld he was unfairly dismissed. Â (Swastika not race hate: appeals board)