PSC to take UK to court over ‘anti-BDS’ measures:

Asia Middle East Forum

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) will be taking the British government to court for judicial review today over unlawful restrictions on divestment from Israel.

The trial is due to begin at 09:30 in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The PSC will be going to court over the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) having “acted unlawfully” in September 2016 by attempting to restrict ethical divestment from companies, including those complicit in the occupation of Palestine.

Sajid Javid’s department declared that “divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries are inappropriate, other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the Government.”

This guidance came in despite a public consultation on the issue in which 98 per cent of respondents vehemently disagreed with the plans.

The PSC was granted a judicial review of the case in March by a judge who described the case as “of significant public importance”…

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