What Are BDS Proponents Complaining About? Aren’t They Getting What They Want?

July 14, 2011

The Boycott Bill, stipulates that anyone calling for an economic, cultural or academic boycott against the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria will be unable to participate in government tenders. In addition, any person who considers himself a victim of a boycott could sue the boycotter for compensation. Court gives state 60 days to explain Boycott Law.  Z Street is wondering what all the fuss is with Israel’s new anti-BDS law:

An interesting precedent is in Germany dealing with Holocaust deniers without physical boundaries. The lawyer Eugene Volks sees this as a threat to Democracy. The delegitimizers, i.e. the BDS practitioners and their enablers (NIF, J Street, Peace Now) immediately attacked it as a gross violation of free speech… …Many central to further right-leaning pro-Israel organizations are also expressing criticism… Also recently the United States declared that effected markets has no boundaries to prove cause of information crimes. The law does NOT criminalize speech and it does NOT restrict free speech. BDS practitioners can continue to say whatever vile things they want about Israel, but they simply are not eligible for government contracts if they do. Well goodness, isn’t that what they want? NOT to engage in financial transactions with the “evil ZioNazi government”? image via Israeli BDS Activists Call on Artists to Boycott Music Festival h/t Daled Amos


Court gives state 60 days to explain Boycott Law

July 12, 2011

The Boycott Bill, which passed by a majority of 47 to 38, stipulates that anyone calling for an economic, cultural or academic boycott against the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria will be unable to participate in government tenders. In addition, any person who considers himself a victim of a boycott could sue the boycotter for compensation. A ‘Panels’ Institute poll for the Knesset Channel concludes that 52% of Israeli population support the new bill, and 31% oppose it. 43% are of the opinion that the bill will diminish world opinion of Israel, and 39% believe that the bill will have no such effect.  Justice Salim Joubran of the High Court of Justice has ordered the state to answer within 60 days a petition by Gush Shalom against the Boycott Law, passed Monday by the Knesset. The new law stipulates that anyone boycotting any company or organization in Israel will be subject to fines and pay compensation to the plaintiff. American sources say this is an internal issue for Israel, but then mentioned that freedom of expression is an element of Democracy. So I guess then the Obama administration would have no problem with cross burnings on the White House lawn.