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Palestine campaigners take British government to court

December 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has taken the British government to court over attempts to restrict Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigning.

In a press release dated 16 December, PSC said it had submitted evidence to ask for a judicial review of regulations published in November “aimed at preventing Local Government Pension Schemes from divesting from companies involved in human rights abuses in Israel came into force.”

“We are attempting to get these government regulations overturned in court,” confirmed PSC.

According to PSC, the legal action is a response to the government’s attempt “to take our right to this [BDS] form of peaceful protest away”, and to force them to “answer their case in court”.

PSC anticipates “a long and hard battle”, and that “it is going to take time and resources.” The group added: “But we also know that we have to be prepared to stand up for our right to campaign so that we can keep raising the call for Palestinian rights, freedom and justice for as long as we need to.”