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A bad day for IsraHelli democracy

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Coalition of Women for Peace:

whose campaign we have featured before on this site,

have a new video, and sadly, a new update on the progress of the “Boycott Bill”

working its way through the Israeli Knesset. H/t to ACRI for the blog title, it came

from the subject line of their email alerting us to the passage of this bill and the

news that:

journalists aboard the Gaza Flotilla would be treated as criminals, which the government backed away from.

“Boycott Bill” update, June 27, 2011

A new article was introduced in the Knesset committee hearing today denying

public and non-profit tax status to organizations who “call for boycott.’ Knesset

committee approved bill including new article for final vote. Members of Kadima

party who supported the bill withdrew their support. The bill was heavily criticized

by government officials present at the hearing

Highlights from today’s hearing:

Eilat Maoz, CWP, to committee members:

“We are honored to inform you that even if you pass the bill, we will continue

calling on Israelis to boycott the occupation”

MK Taleb Assana: ”What about the fact that the bill breaches international law

creating de Jure unification of Israel and the OPT?”

MK David Rotem (Chairman of Knesset Committee): “International Law is none of

my interest”

MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima): “{eople who advance this delirious bill are

mindless about the efforts to maintain Israel’s position in the world. You are

robbing Israel of its greatest PR asset, its democracy.”

State’s Attorney’s office: “The bill is shaky and borders illegality”

Foreign Office representative: “The bill might cause serious diplomatic damage

and encourage boycotts”

Background:

The bill aims at preventing citizens of Israel from protesting against the occupation

by means of initiating or calling for a boycott. It passed first reading in the Knesset

plenum on March 7, 2011 and has been deliberated today in preparation for a final vote.

The bill defines a call for boycott as a tort, for which the court may rule compensation

without obligation to prove damage. The bill further authorizes the Minister of Finance

to limit the participation of companies that have committed themselves not to work in

illegal settlements in the OPT in state tenders. The bill is one of the most dangerous anti-

democratic laws promoted in this current Knesset. It criminalizes non-violent, legal and

legitimate means to promote social and political aims that are protected in civil rights of

freedom of expression, opinion and assembly. Leading civil society organizations have

joined CWP’s campaign against the bill.

Coalition of Women for Peace: “Right to Resist” Campaign

CWP was present at the Knesset hearing and sent live twitter and facebook updates as

part of its campaign against the bill. CWP is now launching the second phase of the

“Right to Resist” campaign. The campaign consists of four videos starring some of

Israel’s popular artists and cultural figures: singer-songwriter Rona Kenan, filmmakers

Eitan Fox and Gal Ochovsky, the poet Meit Wizeltir, actress Einat Weizman, and cultural

figure Muhammed Jabali.

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