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France acquits activists over Israel boycott call

One of three acquitted pro-Palestinian activists in France says ruling in favour of 'fight for peace and justice'

AFP , Wednesday 14 Aug 2013
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A French court on Wednesday acquitted three pro-Palestinian activists charged with discrimination and hate crimes for calling for a boycott of Israeli products.

The court in Perpignan, in southwestern France, upheld a recommendation from prosecutors that the three be found not guilty for the boycott call, made during a protest at a shopping centre in the southern city in 2010.

The activists were charged following a complaint from the BNVCA anti-Semitism group, which launched a series of legal actions against activists calling for boycotts of items produced in areas annexed by Israel following the Six Day War of 1967.

Prosecutors had said there was no evidence the boycott call was an incitement to hatred or violence.

"This is a recognition of our fight for peace and justice," one of the accused, Yamina Tadjeur, told AFP after the ruling.

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