Israel's bill to combat boycotts deserves our full support


By Jonathan Hoffman
July 14, 2011
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The passing of this Bill (note: it makes the boycott a civil – not a criminal – offence) is hardly surprising, given that the boycott represents an existential threat to Israel. Other democracies faced with existential threats have also resorted to measures which curtail normal freedoms (eg the UK’s use of internment against suspected IRA terrorists).

A boycott is itself anti-democratic: it violates freedom of trade, freedom of association and freedom of exchange of ideas. The Knesset can hardly be blamed for making boycotters pay a price. The Supreme Court is there as a check on the Knesset’s actions if necessary. No other country in the region has such a democratic array of institutions.

All this bill does is raise the price for would-be boycotters of their action. Perfectly sensible and perfectly understandable. Kol ha'kavod to the Knesset for passing it. And shame on New israel Fund and other so called 'human rights organisations' for misrepresenting it.

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Joe Millis

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:11

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Straw man, Jonathan. No one suggested it was a criminal offence. And like internment worked, did it? How many more did it recruit to the IRA?
You keep on polishing and apologising for every Israeli policy.


Joe Millis

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:12

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I'm so glad the New Israel Fund is working with the ZF on the UK Task Force. When are you and your mob going to set out on your own to test your ideology in the free market of ideas? Or are you scared?


Joe Millis

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:13

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By the way, didn't you post this earlier, and have leapfrogged it to the top of the queue?


Advis3r

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:33

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Besides waiting to hear from you as to why if it was lawful for Jews to live in east Jerusalem in 1948 it is not now perhaps Mr Millis you will also confirm that your opposition to the anti-BSD legislation means you believe that whilst Mr Neve Gordon has the right to call for a boycott of Ben Gurion University both in respects to teaching and funding and its academic staff neither that Instution nor its staff should have any redress aagainst him for the undoubted economic loss they may suffer. Or indeed that for example Teva should have no redress if the BSD`movement calls for a boycott of medicines solely because they are produced in Israel.

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