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Breaking: Boycott bill approved, final vote imminent

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued a press release Monday evening confirming that the (Anti)Boycott bill was approved for a final reading, making it highly likely that it will pass in the final vote in Knesset.

According to ACRI’s translation of the bill, a “a boycott against the State of Israel” is

deliberately avoiding economic, cultural or academic ties with another person or another factor only because of his ties with the State of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control, in such a way that may cause economic, cultural or academic damage.

According to the bill, not even participating, but just making a public call for boycott is considered a civil wrong which is punishable by a variety of measures enumerated in the bill, which can be read here. Furthermore, NGOs who are found guilty of calling for a boycott would be in danger of losing tax exemptions and the loss of eligibility for benefits afforded by various laws, so this is a political aimed at damaging and limiting the operations of human rights organizations in Israel.

Furthermore, the bill does not specify any difference between Israel inside and outside the Green Line, but rather simply states “The State of Israel,” meaning that if this passes into law, Israel will be prohibiting a legitimate and democratic expression of protest against the occupation. This means that even the Israeli artists and their supporters who are boycotting the Ariel Cultural Center deep in the West Bank, would be implicated.

Now that the bill has been approved by the (ironically called) Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, no more amendments may be made should the bill pass into law.

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    1. joop jansen

      Dictatorship!!!!in its purest form!and Israel calls itself a democratic ountry? Freedom of speech? Do not make me laugh! Are these measures the last resort of a dying society? S.African apartheid was also killed by boycotts and Israel wake up!!!

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    2. Louis

      Need to change the game… Change the name… the Government would never punnsish people for keeping Kosher would they? Well, lets say, the Occupation gets no HEKSHER… and people can freely keep Occu-Kashrut…

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    3. David

      Does this mean Joseph Dana will be fined lots of money?

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    4. Ben Israel

      I find the picture on accompanying this column quite ironic….reminds me of the Palestinian suicide bomber, who has probably has had a municipal square named after him, who went into the synagogue courtyard and blew up the kids and mothers who were waiting there. To think that you “972”‘ers try to give the impression that Palestinians would never do such a thing….only Jews are guilty of monstrous crimes…yadda, yadda, yadda…

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    5. Ben Israel

      ……Gee, I forgot to mention the HAMAS rocket fired at the school bus a few weeks ago that killed the high-school student. Yes, a true legacy of great warriors since Salah ed-Din, except he didnt’ target civilians like HAMAS and HIZBULLAH do with their rockets, ALL of which are nothing more than terror weapons aimed at the civilian population. The rockets have no military value.
      After the Yom Kippur War, the Arabs realized they couldn’t defeat Israel on the battlefield so now all their armed force is aimed at Israel’s civilian population. Well, if they can do it and maintain the sympathy of at least part of the Jewish Progressive/Left camp, why can’t Israel? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander…

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    6. moe

      maybe mr isreal, if the stupid warmongering lawmakers in isreal stopped, just simply stopped, people may find pity for such a bunch of folk filled with hatred for their neighbour.

      it is a two-edged sword. dont forget that.

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    7. max

      The general legality of the law is supported by the American parallel law from the ’70s. It’s surprising that Israel waited so long.
      Assuming that democracy doesn’t need to include a self-destruction manual and assuming that boycotting is a legitimate protesting tool, what’s wrong with a country defending itself using legitimate legal means against those trying to recruit external power to override internal democratic decisions?
      If Mairav wants to boycott, by all means – do it; you may want to extend your boycott to Made in China & Turkey for good measure and credibility, or focus on your own country claiming that others don’t interest you. But expecting to be financed by the government when calling for external “support” and in general expecting to pay no price – that’s a bit ridiculous.
      With all due respect to the people involved, NGOs don’t have the authority to define what’s right and wrong, even when they add the label “human rights” to their name.

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    8. Saeed Hotary

      strangely enough, I find myself in agreement with Ben Israel. Israel is an illegitimate state built on theft from the Palestinian people. Therefore, any support from the zionists is the equivalent of receiving stolen property. Anti-zionists such as myself suspect that the members of 972 are not committed to justice, but are a zionist front committed to keeping the theft of 1948, while hoping that by returning the theft of 1967, you will be able to deflect attention from the elephant in the room. In order to prove your committment to our struggle, you will have to make some financial sacrifice.

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