Israel Bans Boycotts

No more demonstrations against the state of Israel or its West Bank settlements.

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So ruled the Israeli Parliament last week in legislation, passed by 47 votes to 38, which effectively makes academic, cultural, or economic boycotts against the state or “any area under its control” (i.e. occupied territories, such as Palestine) illegal and punishable by law.

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Critics view Israel’s ban on boycotts as an attack on democracy, and freedom of expression, while supporters say the law is “aimed at countering calls in Israel and abroad for cultural and economic boycotts against settlements in the West Bank, occupied land Palestinians want for a state.”

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What do you think about this law?

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