Friday, June 5, 2009

Argentine intellectuals demand release of Israel Day attackers

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, holder of the Nobel Peace Prize, Federico Shuster, Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires and Osvaldo Bayer, a writer regarded as something of a guru on human rights, are just three of the pillars of Argentine progressive and left option who have signed a petition calling for the release of  detainees being held in connect with an attack on Jews and others celebrating the 61st anniversary of Israel’s independence in Buenos Aires on May 17, 2009.

The intellectuals and human rights activists say that those who attacked  - with clubs and chains  -  the crowd celebrating Israel’s independence, and their comrades who were later arrested on premises where illegally held firearms were found, are neither violent nor antisemitic  and were simply protesting against the war-loving and imperialist Israeli government.

A translation of the petition is online here.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner said that 12 youths apprehended only meant to "repudiate war and the imperialist policies of the Jewish state on the anniversary of its creation.  It's a witch hunt."

Sure it is...

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