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  • Now that boycott law passed, government to target High Court

    Neve Gordon argues that the 'boycott bill' is a turning point in the erosion of Israeli democracy, and part of the Knesset's greater strategy in which the next target is the Supreme Court By Neve Gordon Political change is slow. One doesn't go to sleep in a democracy and wake up in a fascist regime. The citizens of Egypt and Tunisia can attest to the fact that the opposite is also true: dictatorship does not become democracy overnight. Any political change of such magnitude is the result of a lot of hard work and is always incremental, indicating that there…

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  • Boycott law proves Israel's one-state vision

    More than anti-democratic, the boycott law is indicative of Israel's de facto annexation of the West Bank Everyone who is up in arms about the passing of the boycott law this week has been emphasizing the severity of its violation of freedom of expression and dialogue. While this is of course true, what is even more alarming about the law, which has gone largely unmentioned in the press or by organizations opposing it, is what it says about the State's relation to the territory under its control: The boycott law makes no distinction between Israel and the Occupied Territories and thus…

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  • To the Knesset: How dare you not vote on the boycott bill

    I know that most of our dignified and thoughtful elected representatives are ashamed that the ignominious "boycott bill" would even be debated in our proud democracy. I know this because so many of them – 35 in total – protested by refusing to show their faces at the vote. Only 85 of our 120 members dared to take part, and 37 of them voted against. I am thrilled therefore to report that the clear majority of our parliament – 73 members – did not vote for it. I am even more proud to imagine that 35 of my elected representatives…

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  • What is the anti-boycott law? Who does it affect?

    Israel's parliament, the Knesset, is set to pass (after some convoluted last minute wrangling) today one of the most anti-democratic measures in the country's history, the so-called "Anti-Boycott Law." A link to the full text's translation can be found here. Simply put, the law seeks to penalize those who call for boycotting Israel, the settlements, or anyone related to the occupation. If a person, for example, calls for a boycott of academic institutions that participate in the occupation, he could be sued in civil court, and ordered to pay compensation. If a company agrees not to purchase products manufactured in…

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  • Boycott bill: A way to persecute the Israeli left

    Under the guise of a bill against boycotts, the Knesset is muzzling the anti-settlement left The Knesset’s Judicial Committee, led by MK David Rotem (Israel Beitenu) approved yesterday the “boycott bill” for its final reading. This likely means that the bill will imminently become a law. The former version of the bill (Hebrew) defined a boycott for political reasons on Israeli products, or products made in the settlements (defined in the bill as “areas under Israeli control”), to be a felony, and allowed suing people advocating such a boycott and fining them 30,000 NIS (about 9,000 USD) without any need…

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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…

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