Magistrate Simon Garnett, according to the cock-a-hoop ABC, has given the green-light to Israel-hating bigots to continue a series of boycotts against a Jewish-owned chain of chocolate shops.
A Magistrate ruled the protesters were exercising their human rights and said their demonstration was lawful.
Magistrate Simon Garnett also found the protesters did not threaten the peace or disrupt the public order.
He also criticised the police response in some arrests, describing it as ‘heavy-handed’.
We can only assume the Hulls-appointed Magistrate enforced the laws of the land impartially and appropriately but we agree with the bigots when they say the ramifications are huge.
“It’s a victory for our capacity to protest in places where corporations have previously said they controlled,” she said.
“It’s also useful for us to know that the QV management have no right to say we are not allowed to express our political opinions within that space.”
If the Magistrate’s right and the Green activist Vashti Kenway is right about the legal situation, then it’s clear enough what must be done: the law must be changed to spare Jewish-owned businesses the protests and business-destroying Nazi-style boycotts of those who disguise themselves as anti-Zionists and anti-Israel.
If it was merely about protesting against Israel or its government, the protest would occur at an Israeli consulate or embassy, not at a chocolate shop, not terrorising its customers, its young staff and worried owners whose only connection with the government of Israel is an ethnic one.
Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. This cannot be allowed to stand.
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu sees it very clearly indeed, directing his Attorney-General to review laws to shut down these Nazi-style attacks:
“The BDS group in my opinion is better titled as bigoted, dangerous and shameful,” Mr Baillieu said. “They have sought to close down businesses just because they are associated with the state of Israel.”
Mr Baillieu said he had asked Attorney-General Robert Clark to work with police to determine what action needed to be taken, refusing to rule out legislative changes to prevent a repeat of Mr Garnett’s decision on the trespass charges.
“I remain very concerned when there’s any protest that seeks to close down a business,” Mr Baillieu said. “Certainly I believe from what I’ve seen is that with this particular protest that was their intention.”
The Israel-hating bigots intend to return to shut-down Max Brenner again this coming Friday.