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Boycott Calls Against Israel
New bill proposed in the Knesset criminalizes BDS and targets Israeli academics who are calling for boycott against Israel

This article is taken from the anti-Israel website "The Only Democracy" and the others are from Ynet. 

 http://theonlydemocracy.org/2010/06/israel-about-to-criminalize-bds/

Israel about to criminalize BDS

What is Israel’s reaction to the growing nonviolent movement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions? Well criminalize it, of course!

 

We just learned new bill has been introduced in the Israeli Knesset by 25 Knesset members, that would criminalize all BDS activities or even BDS advocacy inside or outside Israel. You can find info about this in English here and with more detail in Hebrew here.

 

The proposed bill would target those that initiate, encourage, or provide assistance or information about boycotts against Israel.

 

Israeli citizens or residents of Israel could be sued by whoever was harmed by the boycott and would have to pay up to 30,000 shekels in restitution and an additional amount according to the harm established by the Israeli courts.
This provision would endanger the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace, New Profile, Boycott from Within, among others.

 

Those that are neither citizens nor residents of Israel would lose the ability of entering Israel for at least ten years and would be forbidden from economic activity in Israel (holding an account in an Israeli bank, owning Israeli stocks, land, or any other good that requires registration.)
It is not clear whether this provision would apply also to entry into the West Bank, although Prof. Noam Chomsky’s denial of entry may be a sign of things to come.

 

A group in a foreign country would also be forbidden from economic activism in Israel. This would apply to the Palestinian Authority as well.

In the case of the PA, Israel would freeze transfer of money it owes and would use it to pay restitution to those harmed in Israel.

  

[SYDNEY LEVY (San Francisco) is Jewish Voice for Peace's Campaign Director. Together with other JVPers, he has campaigned against the use of Caterpillar bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes and in solidarity with Christian churches deliberating whether and how to divest from companies that profit from the injustices of the Israeli occupation. Sydney is the son of Egyptian Jews who immigrated to Venezuela, where he was born. Sydney lived in Jerusalem for seven years, where he received his Masters degree in Jewish History from the Hebrew University]

 

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 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3902932,00.html

MKs offer response to PA boycott

Knesset members submit bill that would see money owed to Palestinians handed over to Israelis hurt by settlement boycott

Amnon Meranda , YNET

 06.09.10

 

 

Will Palestinian soon pay price for boycott? A new bill submitted by 25 Knesset members Wednesday would see money slated for transfer to the Palestinian Authority used to compensate Israelis hurt by the PA's settlement boycott.  

The bill was initiated by the Land of Israel lobby in the Knesset and was endorsed by members of various factions, including Kadima party whip Dalia Itzik and Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tsachi Hanegbi.

According to the bill, Israeli citizens must not initiate, encourage, or aid a boycott against the State of Israel. Anyone who violates the order will be forced to pay compensation to those undermined by the embargo.

As to individuals who are not citizens or residents of Israel, their right to enter the country will be deprived for at least 10 years should they be involved in a boycott. Another measure would ban foreign entities or anyone on their behalf from engaging in any actions using Israeli bank accounts, Israeli stocks, or Israeli land.

The bill's initiators say the move aims to "protect the State of Israel in general and its citizens in particular against academic, economic, and other boycotts."

Addressing the Palestinian boycott, MK Itzik said: "The Palestinians are causing harm with this attitude…issues of this type should be resolve at the negotiating table."

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(Rush translate from Hebrew of info missing in the English version)

 

Also targeted by the new bill, Israeli lectures who call for boycott


The proposal of this law also states that if a foreign entity passed a law imposing a boycott on Israel and have not canceled it, or the government stated that members of a foreign state or entity passes a restriction set by law, it will be prohibited for that foreign country or entity to take any action, such as, bank accounts, Israeli stocks traded in Israel, land or any other property that requires registration to do a transfer.

The initiator of the bill, Elkin, explained that the law works on three levels. "The first is to confront Israeli citizens invoved in a boycott. For example, it can apply to Israeli lecturers who call for an academic boycott of Israel. The second level is about foreign citizens initiating a boycott action, then you can ban them from entering the country for economic activities. The third level is about foreign countries or the Palestinian Authority, initiating a boycott on Israel. In this case we can prevent the transfer of funds available to Palestinians and anyone who is damaged by the boycott can claim these funds.

  

 

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