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Israel Passes Sweeping Anti-Boycott Law, Making a Form of Nonviolent Activism Illegal

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posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 04:59 PM
here's an excerpt:

Peaceful activism in Israel now illegal

Israel has passed a law outlawing citizens from advocating for boycotts against any Israeli person or entity. The law is drawing criticism as an attack on freedom of speech.
July 26, 2011 |

JUAN GONZALEZ: Israel has passed a new law outlawing citizens and organizations from advocating for boycotts against any Israeli person or entity. The law is drawing criticism from around the world as an attack on freedom of speech. Under the new law, any person, including journalists, calling

for the boycott or divestment of Israel or the occupied West Bank can be sued by the boycott’s targets without having to prove that they sustained damage. Israeli legislator Avraham Michaeli supported the law, saying that any call for a boycott is an act of "tortuous malice."

AVRAHAM MICHAELI: [translated] Boycotts are liable to harm business, cultural and academic activities of those subject to the boycotts, and inflict heavy damage, both financial and repetitional on them. In order to prevent such damage, it is proposed that knowingly publishing a call for any sort of boycott on anyone because of their links to state of Israel will be considered an act of tortuous malice subject to tort regulations.

AMY GOODMAN: But dozens of Israeli lawmakers voted against the measure, including Nitzan Horowitz. Horowitz said, "We are dealing with a legislation that is an embarrassment to Israeli democracy and makes people around the world wonder if there is actually a democracy here."

Prominent Israeli columnist Ben Caspit, who opposes boycotts, denounced the new legislation, writing, "This is a blatant and a resounding shutting of people’s mouths. This is a thought police. There is no choice but to use this word. Fascism at its worst is raging," he wrote.

The Jewish daily newspaper, The Forward, issued an editorial claiming "a boycott can be a legitimate use of non-violent protest to achieve a worthy goal." The editors of the paper then drew a line through the sentence, along with several others, to illustrate the type of reasonable thoughts that will be punishable under the new law.

posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 05:07 PM
reply to post by awareness10

Wow.. Interesting move they're making. Perhaps instead of new laws to go after their own citizens for speaking their mind, it'd be better to put a strong effort into avoiding things likely to piss off their citizens in so universal a way. After all, boycotts do nothing if normal folk can't be led to follow it and that usually means the public agrees with the basis for the boycott, at least in part. Wow.....Don't give them things to agree with, while so angry

posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 05:08 PM
reply to post by awareness10

What could we expect from the Zionists

They think we are just stupid Goyim (Non-Jew)

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posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 05:55 PM

Originally posted by awareness10
Israel has passed a law outlawing citizens from advocating for boycotts against any Israeli person or entity.

Just following the American way.

You do know that it is illegal for Americans to boycott Israel, dont you?

You do know the American government has an "Office of Antiboycott Compliance" dont you?

under the Export Administration Act. Those laws discourage, and in some circumstances, prohibit U.S. companies from furthering or supporting the boycott of Israel sponsored by the Arab League, and certain Moslem countries, including complying with certain requests for information designed to verify compliance with the boycott.


posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 06:32 PM
reply to post by alfa1

What more proof does everyone need before they realize Israel is a lawless state?

They simply make laws that make everything THEY do legal..

posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 10:15 PM
I'm slightly surprised more people haven't said anything, like the Zions'ts are Lord Voldemort,

and None shall speak their name aloud. This is a prime example on humanity at it's wimpiest.


And thanks to everyone for commenting, i did like the video you posted too. People are

going to behave like crazed nutcases oblivious that anything to this proportion is happening

when it finally blows it's stack.

This is the beginning of the end.
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