Brenner Protest in Newtown
The latest Max Brenner chocolate store to be targeted by pro-BDS protesters was hit yesterday in the Sydney inner suburb of Newtown…with new customers effectively barred from entry.
J-Wire reader Jenny Hillman was inside the popular chocolate shop at the time of the demonstration and reports:
“The shop was full at the time with a significant number of pro-Israel supporters among the customers. When the demonstration started, the police formed a line outside the store making entry and exit difficult. There were about 60 boycott supporters standing on the opposite side of the street and there was no way they had planned a peaceful demonstration as they had at least four megaphones and were screaming ‘from the river to the sea’ . But more upsetting than that were placards displaying “Max, Max Murderer” and “Stop Mixing Blood in Your Coffee”… This goes beyond democratic rights of freedom of speech and becomes, in my opinion, defamatory.
These protestors were screaming for genocide.
I had a women screaming at me with such hatred and venom that I believe I was looking at the worst kind of anti semitism.
It was a wake up call: we are dealing with something extremely ugly.
The demonstration lasted around half an hour.”
Palestinian journalist Rihab Charida reporting for PressTV was arrested by police and charged with obstructing pedestrians. She told J-Wire: “I have spoken to a civil rights lawyer from the Council of Civil Liberties. I will be challenging the charge of “obstructing pedestrians” and will further file a suit for obstructing our report, among other charges.”