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High Court upholds controversial 'boycott law'

High Court rejects petition against the law, gives grounds to allows individuals who want to sue anyone calling for a boycott of Israel, or ‘areas under its control.’

Protest against the boycott Law, Tel Aviv, June 12 2011 (photo: Oren Ziv/activestills)

Protest against the boycott Law, Tel Aviv, June 12 2011 (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The High Court rejected a petition by human rights organizations, upholding the controversial “boycott law” on Wednesday. The law give grounds for individuals to sue anyone who calls for a boycott of Israel, or areas under its control.

The court struck down only one section of the law, which establishes that one may seek punitive damages for a deliberate call to boycott without needing to prove actual damages. It appears that one will now need to show actual damages in order to win a lawsuit.

Justice Hanan Meltzer, who wrote the majority opinion, ruled that a call to boycott is not consistent with the true purpose of freedom of expression, and therefore is not protected speech. He went on to describe boycott calls as “political terrorism,” adding that the state has a right to defend itself from them.

The human rights organizations that challenged the law responded to the ruling by saying that the High Court failed to protect the freedom of speech. “The Anti-Boycott Law is a law to ‘shut mouths.’ Its sole purpose is to silence legitimate criticism. The Court’s decision allows sanctions on freedom of expression and the right to political action concerning hotly contested issues of debate.”

Nearly four years ago, the Israeli Knesset passed the Law to Prevent Harm to the State of Israel by Means of Boycott, which rights groups challenged in court almost immediately. (Read a translation of the law itself here.)

The law was a direct response to the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. It enables anyone who feels they were (or might be) harmed by a boycott, “solely because of their affinity with the State of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control (read: settlements in occupied territory, MSO), in such a way that may cause economic, cultural or academic damage,” to sue for both punitive and compensatory damages.

The second part of the law targets institutions, organizations and individuals that rely on the State of Israeli for funding, special tax status or government tenders.

Read also: Everything you (never) wanted to know about Israel’s anti-boycott law

The law was never utilized, either in civil court or in the government’s discretion in funding and granting of tax status.

Precisely because it was never used, its most apparent and widespread consequence has been a chilling effect, stifling political debate, free speech and non-violent resistance in Israeli civil society over the past four years.

Civil society organizations self-censored in order to protect themselves from civil suits.

Media organizations, including +972 Magazine, decided — with heavy hearts – not to publish open calls to boycott, essentially stepping back from the debate over boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) exactly as it entered the mainstream and has become more relevant. (Two years ago the editors of +972 Magazine decided to stop self-censoring boycott related articles.)

Roi Maor wrote of the law in 2011:

[The law] exposes an Israeli polity that is incapable of engaging in debates, and responds to criticism with panicked attempts to silence it. It is more fearful of non-violent speech, for which it has no answer, than of violence, which it can quell with overwhelming force. In this sense, the anti-boycott law is almost a perfect encapsulation of Israel’s current predicament. And it is not a good omen.

The High Court has been under increasing criticism in recent years from the right wing in Israel for striking down laws it deems unconstitutional. However, because Israel doesn’t actually have a constitution, one that permanently sets legislative standards or defines the respective roles of the legislature and judiciary, right-wing politicians have sought to chip away at the court’s authority.

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    1. Whiplash

      Controversial? Is it controversial to punish hate speech and violence against Israelis? I think not. BDS is violence aimed at Israelis regardless of their occupation or political affiliation. It seeks to harm infants, youths, women and men of all ages. The judge is right to call BDS political terrorism.

      It is right for the Israeli state not to allow this terrorism to be exacted against Israelis by people within its jurisdiction.

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      • Danny

        BDS is violence. Let’s explore that for a bit.

        What about the sanctions on Iran? Are they violence?

        And the siege on Gaza? How violent is that?

        And a 50-year military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza? I’m sure you’ll agree that this is brutal violence that must stop immediately, right?

        Or do your definitions of violence only pertain to Jews? If so, you have a serious double-standards problem.

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        • Pepou27

          I will use BDS when I want because it’s MY freedom of expression.

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        • Dawn

          Yes , all sanctions are violence against civilian population for the conduct of the world leaders and capitalists who have worked together to harm the general public they were paid to represent because capitalism breeds sociopathy . You cannot serve both masters , it’s God or money you’ll hate one and serve the other . It’s not true because Jesus said it, Jesus said it because it’s true . Just like a house divided against itself cannot stand . And division is what capitalists am requires! Legally ! If one can prove the person hired as represented other entities they have committed treason against the people they were paid to represent . Give to god what’s god and Caesar what’s Caesars means church is about the intangible spirit and government is about efficient matters of materialism . The same greed that infected Israel that day , infects it today and it’s name is capitalism and greed . They lust for power and gold like dogs chasing their tails . It’s pure unmitigated evil . I will never support any nation based on a religion . It’s an insult to my God and it’s an insult to governance and the people that must live under those governments . American created a separation of church and state for exactly the reason we are changing this system today ! Because inequity and greed and capitalism always corrupt and they can never be tolerated again . It has made the Jews of the holocaust no better than the nazis . And if you have a problem with that . Tough . I’d have said the same thing to a German 50 years ago and my grandfather did . You live by the sword you die by the sword . Religious governments are an abomination to God

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      • Ben

        Double standard problem indeed! This court decision is really shocking. Israel has now become a frankly authoritarian state that openly promotes censorship of free speech, in defense of the regime’s illegal practices. Complete with judges who do the regime’s bidding. Read what Roi Maor writes. He has it exactly right. Wow. The mask has totally dropped.

        “[The law] exposes an Israeli polity that is incapable of engaging in debates, and responds to criticism with panicked attempts to silence it. It is more fearful of non-violent speech, for which it has no answer, than of violence, which it can quell with overwhelming force. In this sense, the anti-boycott law is almost a perfect encapsulation of Israel’s current predicament. And it is not a good omen”

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        • Gustav

          I tell you what was shocking, Benny, the Boycott of Jewish businesses at the behest of Nazis, after they gained power. That was shocking. BDS is reminescent of that boycott. But unlike then, when Jews just had to accept what was dished out. Now, we can at least cause some counter-pain to the bastards who want to cause us pain.

          I can already hear Benny responding. Paranoia, victimhood, blah blah blah. But it would be nice if he would just shut up for a change since he already knows that we know the BS that he is likely to espouse.

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          • Avril

            It is not about Jews but Zionism so lets get that straight, not all Zionists are Jews.
            Then it is about the pain that they HAVE caused for decades, all with careful planning, therefore a non violent BDS is diddly shit compared to the pain already dished out by Zionist Israel. So you carry on dishing out the crap and we will counter it with a little back to you, courts or no courts, laws mean nothing to Israel somI guess we can assume the same goes for the rest if us.

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          • Lo

            That’d make sense if Jews specifically were being boycotted. If an Arab Muslim Israeli wants to export his hummus to the U.S. or any other state with BDS activism, that would be boycotted as well. The boycott is against the state (well, specifically the economy of the state).

            Instead of addressing this obvious reality, you bring up the Holocaust and promise to cause “counter-pain.” I’m curious about that last point: if you respond in kind (boycott the boycotters), what do you accomplish? It’s like the old trope of “you can’t fire me because I quit!”

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          • Peter

            Hmmm, interesting comment, Gustav.
            I’ve yet to see any BDS advocates target “Jewish Businesses”.
            In fact, many Jews outside of Israel and, in fact Jewish-owned businesses, boycott Israeli businesses which support illegal settlement, theft of land and water, home demolition, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.
            Boycott, divestment, and sanctions are the last nonviolent, NON terror form of resistance to tyranny.

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          • ”I tell you what was shocking, Benny, the Boycott of Jewish businesses at the behest of Nazis, after they gained power. That was shocking. BDS is reminescent [sic] of that boycott.”

            No, what IS shocking is your steeped-in-victimhood attempt to compare BDS with the Nazi boycott of ordinary Jewish businesses (that and your ignorance about what BDS is).

            I don’t know precisely how many Jewish owned businesses operate in, for instance the UK, but it must run into thousands. NONE of these businesses have been boycotted. The only known case of (successful) boycott is AHAVA and that shop was clearly profiting from the occupation.

            Other targets of BDS include Veolia and Caterpillar. Perhaps Gustav cares to explain what is Jewish about these companies? Or even Zionist?

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          • Madrone

            Boycott Israel. Boycott Israel. Especially weapons… all the tear gas manufacturers are on the East Coast USA. Go after Caterpillar as they provide the bulldozers that destroy olive trees and Palestinian homes. And to those below who compare BDS to how the Germans treated Jews, get your head out your ass, they are not comparable. Israel created its own occupation and then went onto bigger and better things Called apartheid and genocide, bombing of new borns. Nothing to do with Judaism.. Free Palestine

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    2. Lo

      Israel sure is a strong country. I mean, just look at you guys tearing your hair out over some Europeans refusing to import your hummus or whatever.

      You have the stones to occupy and brutalize a people for half a century, but you flip your shit if some college kids say mean things about you. Real fuckin’ interesting.

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    3. Bruce

      Israel ends the occupation and its apartheid system, the world will stop calling for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against against it. FREE PALESTINE

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    4. Bruce Gould

      New Episcopal Church calls for divestment:

      http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/episcopal-divestment-june

      (from Desmond Tutu) –
      In recent years, I have been increasingly dismayed at the deteriorating conditions of the Palestinian people living under occupation, which has now gone on for 47 years with no end in sight. Even a decade or more ago when I was in the Holy Land I saw the marks of apartheid in the policies of the Israeli government. The Palestinians are forced to live in segregated areas, often relocated to less desirable land so Jewish settlers can live in fine red ceramic-roofed houses with paved roads while most Palestinians live in squalor in villages and refugee camps. Water is diverted to settlers so they can have nice green lawns, irrigated fields and community swimming pools while Palestinians endure shortages and dusty roads.

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      • Gustav

        Fuck u lot…

        You expect Israel to make peace but you expect NOTHING! ZILCH! ZIP! NADA! From your darling Palestinian Arabs.

        Well, I tell ya all: If Ehud Olmert’s 2008 peace offer was not good enough for them, then there won’t be peace. Get it? And those of you who push for BDS, that’s the minority rat bag extreme lefties, can stick it where the sun does not shine. We will get by…

        One more thing: in my younger days I used to be a moderate who advocated compromise. But you know what you lot achieved? You pushed me more and more towards extremism and rejectionism and I am not alone. Net result? The Palestinian Arabs will never get as good an offer as Olmert was willing to give them. And that has been part of the trend due to Arab extremism and extreme leftist support of that extremism.

        Don’t believe me? Then look up the deal they could have got in 1947/48 and various other deals since then, including Ehud Barak’s 2000/01 peace offer. But at every turn our offers were either violently rejected or ignored. Time for you guys to rethink your strategies. No?!

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        • Ben

          Fuck u lot? Is that some pidgin dialect? You’re not going to keep Ariel. Take a deep breath, practice mindfulness, and get over it. Why do you think Israelis deserve Ariel? Why?

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          • Gustav

            We are keeping all the major settlement lots. And If the Palestinian Arabs behave and learn to compromise, they may persuade us to give them some offset lands in return. But we will have to be in a good mood. And they will have to learn to say please.

            Get used to it Benny.

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          • Lo

            I’ve said this before, but god damn am I happy that people like you exist.

            Instead of mealy-mouthed nonsense from Labor, we in the U.S. are now getting uncut Likud mainlined right into the throbbing veins of the GOP and its geriatric base.

            Keep saying things like that. I’m no Leninist, but you guys are heightening the shit out of them contradictions. You guys share our values supposedly and here you are advocating the disenfranchisement and subjugation of an entire segment of Israel’s population (on racial grounds to boot, as demonstrated by the fact that you think a boycott of Israel affects only Jews).

            You guys put your eggs in the GOP basket. Too bad every indicator says they’re going to get fucked in the 2020 reapportionment and will probably never win the presidency again.

            You keep pissing in our (American) faces, expecting that we’ll kneel down and ask for more because youse guise are the real victims and we’re simple goyim. Keep at it, Gustav. I’m going to live long enough to see the wages of your hubris.

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          • Gustav

            I like Americans Lo, they are good people. And fortunately most Americans are not ignorant extreme lefties who think that we have not tried our darnest to reach peace terms with your darling Palestinians, but to use YOUR cliche, they keep on pissing on OUR faces at every turn. Remember the Gaza withdrawal? Ehud Barak’s peace offers? Ehud Olmert’s peace offer? So at some point, people like me exist, as you say, and we say enough! We replace appeasement with hubris. You would too in our place but you are too ignorant and ill informed by your side’s well paid for propaganda machinery to be able to put yourself into our shoes.

            As for your comment about living to see the day of our demise, don’t count on it. Other clowns amongst Arabs have not, nor amongst their non Arab apologists. Want a few names who had the same wishful thinking as you? Here is just a short list…

            – Sheik Amin Al Hussaini.
            – Ahmed Shukeiri.
            – Gamal Abdul Nasser.
            – Saddam Hussain.
            – Assad Senior.
            – Arafat
            – Sheik Yassin

            As well as “a few” others with more to come. People like you for instance…

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          • Ben

            We’re well used to this type of grating condescension but I’m afraid the issue is going to be how low your mood gets not how high it gets. Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim, Efrat…better coach the Settler Council and Zeev Hever and the Amana criminals to start taking deep breaths…or else start taking Arabic lessons. Two states…one state? It’s their choice. Decisions…decisions…. Life is full of decisions. And procrastinating rarely makes things better.

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          • Gustav

            Don’t you worry your stupid little head about our mood, Benny, present or future…

            We will get by while people like you will go to your eternal resting place whenever your time will come (as all our time comes), but unlike us, you will be gnashing your teeth in disappointment for an unfulfilled life in which your malignant wishes for us will have gone unfulfilled. Yes, you will be feeling sad and sorry for yourself…

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    5. Peter Klotz-Chamberlin

      fill the prisons with calls to divest and boycott Occupation-profitting companies and products.

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      • Pedro X

        Ignorance must be bliss for Palestinian supporters

        Peter:

        “fill the prisons with calls to divest and boycott”

        The law calls for the bringing of civil law suits and damages for Israelis harmed by a call for boycott, sanctions or divestment. The law is not criminal in nature and does not seek to put anyone in jail. Illegal interference with economic relations has long been a tort (a civil offence) in Canada. To give Israelis the right to sue someone who seeks to harm Israelis lives and economic interests, such as employment or trade relations, by promoting racist BDS, is justice and is not controversial in any respect.

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    6. Bruce Gould

      http://www.btselem.org/planning_and_building/20150402_solar_panels_confiscated_in_khan_al_ahmar

      On Wednesday, 1 April 2015, Civil Administration officials accompanied by Border Police forces came to the community of Khan al-Ahmar, adjacent to the settlement of Kfar Adumim. The Civil Administration officials dismantled and confiscated 12 solar panels that provided the sole source of electricity for the residents’ homes….This action by the Civil Administration is part of the massive efforts made by various authorities, in pursuit of a broader policy that has been imposed by successive Israeli governments for decades and is aimed at the expulsion of thousands of Palestinian residents living in dozens of communities scattered around Area C. Israeli officials have declared on various occasions that they intend to take control of Area C in order to facilitate the annexation of these areas to Israel as part of a permanent agreement, and until then – to annex them de facto.

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      • Gustav

        Maybe Abbas should have accepted Olmert’s peace offer in 2008. They then would have had their own state by now and such things would no longer be an issue. And we too would no longer have to worry about our security.

        Mmmmmmmm? What do you have to say about that, Bruce?

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        • MuslimJew

          “Maybe Abbas should have accepted Olmert’s peace offer in 2008.”

          There’s never been an “Olmert peace offer”.

          “They then would have had their own state by now and such things would no longer be an issue. And we too would no longer have to worry about our security.”

          And then pigs will grow wings and fly.

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          • Gustav

            MuslimJew/Brian/Ben:”There’s never been an “Olmert peace offer”

            Lying and denial. This is what Israel is up against.

            When facts are inconvenient. Just deny, deny, deny and then lie, lie, lie like there is no tomorrow.

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          • MuslimJew

            There’s never been an “Olmert peace offer”.

            “Lying and denial. This is what Israel is up against.”

            Delusions, lies and denial. This is all that Zionism produces and what Israel is built on.

            “When facts are inconvenient. Just deny, deny, deny and then lie, lie, lie like there is no tomorrow.”

            When facts are inconvenient and easily verifiable – just deny, deny, deny, delude yourself, make shit up, and lie, lie, lie, like a self-absorbed, brain-dead Zionist.

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          • MuslimJew

            Anyone interested in the self-serving clap-trap spouted by (former) politicians can witness disgraced former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert – the Israeli ex-premier who has criminal convictions for bribery, corruption and fraud – playing to the gallery in Haaretz, when he was out of office and under police investigation for bribery, here…

            http://www.haaretz.com/news/olmert-abbas-never-responded-to-my-peace-offer-1.263328

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          • MuslimJew

            “How about Condi Rice? She also confirms Olmert’s peace offer. Read what she says in her memoirs…”

            Ok, so this psychotic hater believes that Olmert “offering Abbas a peace deal” in Condi’s memoirs is more believable, what a tool.

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          • Gustav

            Rather than taking tangible steps toward peace, Abbas has done nothing but bypass and evade bilateral negotiations with Israel while incessantly repeating the longstanding irredentist demands of the PLO. Moreover, Abbas’ insistence that Israeli intransigence – not Palestinian – has stalled the peace process, displays an incredibly narrow and hazy grasp on recent history. Abbas’s power, prestige and popularity have dramatically weakened over the years, both internationally and amongst the Palestinian people, and the evidence is overwhelming that he is the biggest obstacle to making peace with Israel.

            Abbas’s refusal in both January 2012 and October 2011 to discuss tangible peace initiatives with Israel through talks facilitated by Jordanian King Abdullah and the Mideast Quartet – a grouping of Russia, the EU, US and UN – barely made news headlines. Likewise, his requirement that Israel meet a set of strict preconditions before negotiations – including a settlement construction freeze, acceptance of a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines, and the release of Palestinian prisoners not included in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal – was also mostly excused by an international media all too quick to make excuses for the Palestinian leader.

            These recent refusals are far from the first times that the Abbas government has responded to Israeli peace initiatives with blank stares and impossible demands. In fact, they reflect a longstanding trend of evading negotiations that Abbas has maintained from his predecessor Yasser Arafat. Despite at least three successive Israeli administrations voicing support for compromise, Abbas has shown no willingness to meet Israel halfway.

            In 2005, when Israeli PM Ariel Sharon ordered the evacuation of all Israeli civilian and military personnel from the Gaza Strip, Abbas had an opportunity to announce that he would support the “end of occupation” and would begin to build the infrastructure of a state. Instead, he emphatically opposed the withdrawal, preferring “occupation” to a position where Palestinians could actually enjoy independence. Abbas, however, was given the benefit of the doubt by external analysts because of his relatively moderate tone.

            Abbas wasted yet another golden opportunity for peace in 2008. That year, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert made an offer for peace so overt that US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice called it “amazing” and warned that “Yitzhak Rabin had been killed for offering far less.” Olmert’s offer called for Israeli withdrawal from approximately 94% of the West Bank, the creation of a pasasge from the West Bank to Gaza, and the equal “swapping” of land so that Israel could annex its major settlement blocs. Olmert even proposed to divide Jerusalem and absorb a few thousand Palestinian refugees. Abbas, though, refused to consummate the deal. As Israeli daily Haaretz noted, “aficionados of the Palestinians again found a million and one reasons why the peace-loving Palestinian leader had refused the offer.”

            In 2009, Abbas again refused to negotiate, this time with new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and rejected the Israeli leader’s offer to immediately resume talks without preconditions. Perfidiously playing the game of diplomacy, Abbas’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat called on the Arab countries to suspend the Arab peace initiative and called on the international community to isolate Netanyahu for “sabotaging” the peace process. Abbas, meanwhile, said he hoped the Obama Administration would force Netanyahu out of office and declared his willingness to wait years until that happened.

            In 2010, Abbas made clear that he refused to even sit in the same room with the Israelis and the Obama administration had to levy all of its political power just to pressure the Palestinians into “proximity talks” with U.S. special envoy George Mitchell. Not surprisingly, these talks yielded little progress. Abbas’s senior aide, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, said that Israel’s request to launch direct negotiations was “unacceptable.” Even after Israel placed a ten-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank, Abbas refused to sit with the Israeli leaders.

            In 2011, Abbas finally took tangible steps in the peace process – only in the wrong direction. His political party, Fatah, declared war on normalization with Israel and discounted peace talks as useless. Later, Abbas agreed to a reconciliation agreement with Hamas despite the fact that it is an internationally recognized terrorist organization and vows to never negotiate with Israel. And, in September, Abbas tried to completely bypass negotiations once and for all, with the tacit support of the international community, by officially requesting that the United Nations recognize the independence of a unilaterally declared Palestinian state.

            Mahmoud Abbas has consistently refused to negotiate a deal now with three different Israeli prime ministers and there is no reason to expect that a change in Israeli leadership would make him any less intransigent. Abbas has proven time and again that he is either incapable or unwilling to deliver on any agreement, yet despite this fact, Israel has repeatedly been asked by external actors to make gestures to the Palestinians.

            Not surprisingly, no offer has ever been sufficient. If Israel releases prisoners, it is not enough; if Israel agrees to withdraw troops or dismantle checkpoints, it makes no impression on Abbas.

            The United States and the international community continue to place all their faith in a man whose track record suggests that he will remain the principal obstacle to any progress in the peace process. Rather than continuing to pressure Israel to make concessions, it is past time to look and work for a Palestinian leader who will respect not only the hopes of Israel but the wishes of his own people, the majority of whom would prefer to live in peace rather than continue to pursue a futile and endless strategy of “resistance.”

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          • Gustav

            LOL.

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    7. Leo

      IMHO the ruling has no standing in terms of international law, since occupied land is not part of the state of Israel.

      Regarding BDS, their tactics are useful for us who believe that the only way is the two-state solution (and not one state and a bantustan), but the doubts about the true goals of the BDS guys are legitimate.

      However, as a positive note, remark that those who called for and actually engaged in divestment from the occupied territories, whether in the US (Episcopal church) or in Europe, actually distanced themselves from BDS. If you read carefully their statement, you’ll see that most of it reaffirms Israel’s right to exist, as a legitimate and sovereign state, along a Palestinian state. (A statement that is blatantly absent from the BDS chart.) They express that their position should be viewed precisely in support of the state of Israel.

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      • BOOZ

        Leo:

        Global BDS tactics are in no way useful.

        It only results in justifying the slogan ” kol ha’olam negdenu” in diaspora as well as in Israel.
        Let me specify I am a 2-stater-as presumably you are.

        From a diaspora point of view , BDS is shouting down any Israeli academic, disrupting Israeli cultural events and even forcibly searching consumers shopping carts in supermarkets for whatever may be Israeli ( citrus, humus, salads, Sodastream appliances). This happened to me !

        I happen to be married to a physician specialized in digestive diseases: some of her patients refused to have a colon exploration through Pillcam ( a non-invasive colonoscopy) on the grounds that such devices are Israeli-manufactured !

        Therefore, “if you read them carefully” is just not good enough for me.

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        • Ben

          What’s wrong with them refusing an Israeli-made instrument for a test? Boycott is a democratic expression comprising the individual choices of thousands of free citizens. You’re gonna force a test on them? It’s a free country. Oh wait, maybe you’re Israeli– a scarily brainwashed country. Really the narcissism involved in Israeli disbelief that anyone could boycott the settlements economically is astonishing.

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          • BOOZ

            Quite correct Ben, this is a free country ( Mine is France, BTW).

            They are perfectly free to refuse a Pillcam exploration and have a bowel cancer go undetected.

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          • BOOZ

            And BTW, it is quite interesting to notice that from BDS perspective, Yoqneam (the HQ of Given Imaging) is a “settlement”.

            This underlines the kind of hypocrite you are .

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          • Ben

            Rather typical Israeli arrogance. “Without our glorious pillcam the fight against colon cancer is lost! The gastroenterologists of the world cower in fear! You had better submit to our dictates or you will all DIE of colon cancer!” Are you ‘Ginger Eis’ by the way? Whatever happened to that cartoonish figure? Are you her?

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          • Ricky Rocket

            @Brian, what is your problem exactly? All Booz said is that by skipping a doctor recommended diagnostic, one risks missing the detection of a serious malady

            So where exactly is this arrogance?

            You are a wounded man who projects his fears and weaknesses. For the publics sake, I,hope you are able to mask these deficiencies when you interact with people in real time. You strike me as a risk to society.

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          • Ben

            “All Booz said…” LOL! Stop hitting the booze!

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          • BOOZ

            Talk about arrogance…..
            You demonstrated yours time and again on this thread.

            My point is that global BDS is 100% counter-productive as far as gaining support in the Isr

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          • BOOZ

            ….aeli public opinion-if the goal pursued is ending the occupation.

            The mere fact I question the relevance of the tactics or the untold goals of global BDS causes Ben to abuse and insult.

            I there were a clear-cut difference between settlement boycott meant to bring about a dialogue and perspectives both people could and the global boycott with -inter alia-regards TLV and Yoqneam as “settlements” , ….I would gladly support the former.

            Unfortunately, BDS’ers are of the hysterical & Stalinist type illustrated by Ben.

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          • Ricky Rocket

            @Brian, you understand the implications,,right …. an impressionable person who got caught up in demography is refusing a test that a specialist ordered. And you are OK with this health risk they are taking on because it helps your cause how?

            Of,course you would pass on the Pillcam as you like foreign objects in your colon

            Sick little man.

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    8. Yeah, Right

      Note that this law allows an Israeli to seek punitive damages against any boycott “solely because of their affinity 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”

      Image, for example, that the IDF is ordered Once Again to launch itself back inside southern Lebanon, seizing that territory at the point of a gun and refusing to withdraw from it.

      Without question, that territory will be under an Israeli belligerent occupation, which satisfies the criteria of “an area under its control”.

      According to this law anyone who calls for withholding US military aid in response to that naked act of aggression is…… leaving themselves wide open to a lawsuit.

      Gideon Levy is right: Israelis have lost touch with reality.

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      • Gustav

        Why exactly would we want to go back to Lebanon? Where did that come from? Are you expecting more provocations and attacks against U.S. From Lebanon? Because that is the only reason in the past why we ever got into Lebanon.

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        • MuslimJew

          “Why exactly would we want to go back to Lebanon?”

          Because Israel is an aggressive, fascist, corrupt, expansionist state and because Zionism induces obscene levels of self-entitlement in people and makes them very, very stupid.

          “Where did that come from?”

          Not Europe, where you are from.

          “Are you expecting more provocations and attacks against U.S. From Lebanon?”

          Imbibing Zionism from birth has destroyed your brain and made you psychotic, so nobody expects you to understand this:

          It’s the Palestinians, Lebanese and others are the ones who are retaliating against continual provocations and attacks from Israel.

          “Because that is the only reason in the past why we ever got into Lebanon.

          Delusions, lies and denial. This is all that Zionism produces and what Israel is built on.

          When facts are inconvenient and easily verifiable – just deny, deny, deny, delude yourself, make shit up, and lie, lie, lie, like a psychotic, brain-dead Zionist.

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          • Gustav

            In the aftermath of Black September in Jordan, many Palestinians arrived in Lebanon, among them Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). In the early 1970s their presence exacerbated an already tense situation in Lebanon, and in 1975 the Lebanese Civil War broke out. Beginning with street fighting in Beirut between Christian Phalangists and Palestinian militiamen, the war quickly deteriorated into a conflict between two loosely defined factions: the side wishing to preserve the status quo, consisting primarily of Maronite militias, and the side seeking change, which included a variety of militias from leftist organizations and guerrillas from rejectionist Palestinian (nonmainstream PLO) organizations. The Lebanese civil war lasted until 1990 and resulted in an estimated 130,000 to 250,000 civilian fatalities and one million wounded.[43]

            Charred remains of the bus hijacked and burnt by Palestinian militants in 1978 in the Coastal Road massacre
            After Black September, the PLO and its offshoots waged an international campaign against the Israeli state. Notable events were the Munich Olympics massacre (1972), the hijacking of several civilian airliners (some were thwarted, see for example: Entebbe Operation), the Savoy Hotel attack, the Zion Square explosive refrigerator and the Coastal Road massacre. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, Israel suffered attacks from PLO bases in Lebanon, such as the Avivim school bus massacre in 1970, the Maalot massacre in 1974 (where Palestinian militants massacred 21 school children) and the attack led by Samir Kuntar in 1979, and. In 1979 Ziad Abu Ein led a terrorist bombing that killed two Israeli 16-year olds and left 36 other youths wounded during the Lag BaOmer cerebration in Tiberias.[44][45] Following the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, called “Operation Peace for Galilee” by the IDF, and the exile of the PLO to Tunis, Israel had a relatively quiet decade.[citation needed]

            International terrorism and internal struggles in 1980sEdit
            Further information: Abu Nidal Organization internal executions

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          • MuslimJew

            The violently occupied, colonized and oppressed have the right, both legally and morally, to violently resist their occupiers, colonizers and oppressors. And more and more people are beginning to wake up to the realization that the only language Israel and Israelis understand is the language of violence.

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          • Gustav

            What this idiot means to say is that, in his pea brain sized mind, it all started after Israel invaded Lebanon and tried to clean up the terrorist bases which were used to attack Israelis, including children, for many years.

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          • MuslimJew

            “What this idiot means to say is that, in his pea brain sized mind, it all started after Israel invaded Lebanon and tried to clean up the terrorist bases which were used to attack Israelis, including children, for many years.”

            What this brain-damaged, psychotic hater cannot grasp is that the violently occupied, colonized and oppressed have every right, both legally and morally, to violently resist their occupiers, colonizers and oppressors. And that more and more people are beginning to wake up to the realization that the only language Israel and Israelis understand is the language of violence.

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          • Gustav

            I think what this half wit means is that Palestinian Arabs are entitled to carry out indiscriminate attacks against civilians, then whine about Israel’s response to such attacks. Here read about what Palestinian Arabs did in response to Ehud Barak’s peace offer in 2000/2001…

            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_suicide_attacks

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          • Gustav

            “Where did that come from?”

            Not Europe, where you are from.”

            Actually, I was born in Israel. And my ancestors are the Hebrews. But While we are on the subject of our descendency, we may as well talk about yours…

            Your ancestors come from the Arabian peninsula.

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          • Natan

            Did you grow up in Israel? Are you Ashkenazi? Did you serve in IDF? Did you spend your life in Israel? Or live in USA or South Africa most of life then retire to Israel? What? What place in Israel do you live now in? We would like to know these “demographic factors” and where you are coming from. So?

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          • MuslimJew

            “And my ancestors are the Hebrews.”

            So go back to your “ancestral homeland”, in the Bible, then whine about being a victim there.

            “But While we are on the subject of our descendency, we may as well talk about yours…

            Your ancestors come from the Arabian peninsula.”

            I am Moses, another voice in your head, you psychotic hater.

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          • Gustav

            So go back to your “ancestral homeland”, in the Bible,”

            I am already here.

            “I am Moses, another voice in your head, you psychotic hater.”

            Yess Benny.

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