10 June, 2010 – The
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
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
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
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
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.