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.