WHAT IS THE BOYCOTT AND WHY ISRAEL IS SO AFRAID OF IT

The Law in question has been passed by the Knesset;

Israel passes law banning calls for boycott

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What is the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement?

Posted by Joseph Dana 

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement is in the news today. Israel is posed to pass a bill that will criminalize support for the nonviolent movement among Israeli citizens. Risking a criminal sentence, I am publishing some basic information about the BDS movement below as a means of dispelling rumors about BDS and its aims. The information below is taken from the official website of the BDS movement.

From the BDS site:

The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:

  1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
  2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
  3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

The BDS call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian political parties, organizations, trade unions and movements. The signatories represent the refugees, Palestinians in the OPT, and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Boycotts target products and companies (Israeli and international) that profit from the violation of Palestinian rights, as well as Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions. Anyone can boycott Israeli goods, simply by making sure that they don’t buy produce made in Israel or by Israeli companies. Campaigners and groups call on consumers not to buy Israeli goods and on businesses not to buy or sell them.

Israeli cultural and academic institutions directly contribute to maintaining, defending or whitewashing the oppression of Palestinians, as Israel deliberately tries to boost its image internationally through academic and cultural collaborations. As part of the boycott, academics, artists and consumers are campaigning against such collaboration and ‘rebranding’. A growing number of artists have refused to exhibit or play in Israel.

Divestment means targeting corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights and ensuring that the likes of university investment portfolios and pension funds are not used to finance such companies. These efforts raise awareness about the reality of Israel’s policies and encourage companies to use their economic influence to pressure Israel to end its systematic denial of Palestinian rights.

Sanctions are an essential part of demonstrating disapproval for a country’s actions. Israel’s membership of various diplomatic and economic forums provides both an unmerited veneer of respectability and material support for its crimes. By calling for sanctions against Israel, campaigners educate society about violations of international law and seek to end the complicity of other nations in these violations.

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What exactly does the anti-Boycott bill say?

Posted by Joseph Dana

This afternoon, the Israeli Knesset is expected to pass a controversial ’anti-boycott’ law. This law will criminaize Israeli support for the Palestinian led Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement. Some in Israel are saying that the law is anti-free speech and will limit freedom of expression by Israeli citizens that want to protest Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. One reason that I am writing about the bill on my personal site and not +972 is because of fears that +972 could be targeted as being in violation of the bill.

So much has been discussed about the bill in recent days, yet many have not read it. Below is a translated version of the bill. No matter where one stands on Israeli politics, today is a historic day for the future of Israeli democracy. Translation below is from ACRI

Proposed Bill to Prevent Harm to the State of Israel by Means of Boycott, 27 June 2011

Definition:

1. In this bill, “a boycott against the State of Israel” – deliberately avoiding economic, cultural or academic ties with another person or another factor only because of his ties with the State of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control, in such a way that may cause economic, cultural or academic damage.

Boycott – a civil wrong:

A.     Knowingly publishing a public call for a boycott against the State of Israel will be considered a civil wrong to which the civil tort law [new version] applies, if according to the content and circumstances of the publication there is reasonable probability that the call will bring about a boycott and he who published the call was aware of this possibility.

B.     In regards to clause 62 [A] of the civil tort law [new version], he who causes a binding legal agreement to be breached by calling for a boycott against the State of Israel will not be viewed as someone who operated with sufficient justification. 

C.     If the court will find that an wrong according to this law was deliberately carried out, it will be authorized to compel the person who did the wrongdoing to pay damages that are not dependent on the damage (in this clause – damages, for example); in calculating the sum of the damages for example, the court will take into consideration, among other things, the circumstances under which the wrong was carried out, its severity and its extent.

Regulations pertaining to limitation on participation in tenders

3. The Finance Minister is authorized, with the agreement of the Justice Minister and the approval of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, to set the regulations of this matter [special cases where it will be limited] and to limit the participation of he who knowingly published a public call for a boycott against the State of Israel, or who committed to take part in a boycott, in a tender that must to be carried out according to legislation.

Regulations pertaining to the suspension of benefits

A.     The Finance Minister, with the approval of the Justice Minister, may decide in the case of someone who knowingly published a public call for a boycott against the State of Israel or committed to take part in a boycott [in special cases] that –

1.      He will not be considered a public institution as to clause 9 (2) of the income tax ordinance;

2.      He will not be eligible for receiving money from the council of sports gambling according to clause 9 of the law regulating sports gambling, 1967;

3.      He will not be considered a public institution as far as receiving support according to clause 3(A) of the budget foundations law, 1985;

4.      He will not be subject to the orders of the guaranteeing law on behalf of the state, 1958

5.      He will not be eligible to enjoy benefits given according to the law to encourage capital investment, 1959, and according to the law to encourage research and development in industry, 1984.

B. Putting into practice the authority of the Finance Minister according to small clause (A)(2) will be carried out with the approval of the Sports Minister. Putting into practice the authority of the Finance Minister according to small clause (A)(3) will be carried out with the approval of the minister that the government had decided is responsible for the budget as is stated in paragraph (2) of the definition of who is “responsible for the budget clause” within the budget foundations law, 1985. Putting into practice the authority of the Finance Minister according to small clause (5) will be carried out with the approval of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor.

Implementation

5. The Minister of Justice is appointed to implement this law. 

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International support for the Boycott continues to grow…..
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Roger Waters endorses BDS and speaks against Israeli anti-boycott law

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6 Comments

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  3. Davol said,

    July 12, 2011 at 21:40

    Of course Israel has demonstrated that they are in fact opposed to the principles on which democracy is founded. I just look at what they’ve done to my country, America, since 9/11 and can tell you that. I wish the Congressmen I elected would stop swearing unfaltering allegence to this foreign power because it’s starting to looke like Israel or the Constitution around here.

  4. It is I only said,

    July 13, 2011 at 00:59

    Well, very simple! When I do my shopping I look at every item that I buy for the origin of it! Made in Israel,Kosher,Parvut, goes back on the shelves! Simple I’m doing this for the last 10 years at least. What are they going to do to me?? Lock me up in a jail & feed me kosher food made in Israel???
    I say Mazel Tov to them……………

  5. July 13, 2011 at 03:01

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  6. Gert said,

    July 19, 2011 at 05:44

    I can’t believe I’ve been going for years wihtout knowing that.


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