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Boycott Calls Against Israel
Bill to punish anti-Israel boycotters passes first Knesset hurdle, left-wing organizations promise to disobey

The articles follow a Hebrew notice: Sent by Tamara Traubmann, not only Haaretz journalist, but also a Media and Communications Coordinator to the Coalition of Women for Peace and a researcher at its "Who Profits of the Occupation?" project. Under the flagship of both the Coalition and a newly established group "We Will Oppose The Occupation", it is announced that left-wing organizations promise to disobey the new anti-boycott law.

 

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7.3.2011

 

 

חוק החרם עבר בקריאה ראשונה - בארגוני השמאל מבטיחים להפר אותו

 

הצעת חוק איסור הטלת חרם של חבר הכנסת זאב אלקין ואחרים עברה הערב בקריאה ראשונה במליאה.

ההצעה עברה ברוב של 32 תומכים מול 12 מתנגדים.

 

אסתי מיצנמכר, חברת הוועד המנהל של קואליציית נשים לשלום, מסרה הערב: "מדובר בהצעת חוק נלעגת. במקום להתמודד עם ביקורת ציבורית על הכיבוש וההתנחלויות מבקשים חברי הכנסת מהימין להשתיק את כל מי שלא מסכים איתם. חשוב שחברי הכנסת ידעו: אנחנו נמשיך לפעול נגד הכיבוש בכל דרך - נפגין, נחתום, נפיץ מידע, נמחה וגם נחרים. גם אלף חוקים לא יעזרו. אנחנו ועוד רבים אחרים נפר אותם בגלוי ובגאווה".

 

קואליציית נשים לשלום מפעילה פרויקט בשם "מי מרוויח מהכיבוש", הנמצא במוקד הפעילות שהחוק בא לאסור. במסגרת הפרויקט היא אוספת מידע אודות הרווחים והאינטרסים הכלכליים המבססים את הכיבוש הישראלי בשטחים.

 

בימים אלה מובילה קואליציית נשים לשלום קמפיין ציבורי נגד הצעת החוק תחת הכותרת "נמשיך להתנגד לכיבוש". לקמפיין התגייסו כבר עשרות אנשי תרבות ואקדמיה ישראלים בהם רונה קינן, מאיר ויזלטיר, רומי אבולעפיה, נילי לנדסמן, אלכס ליבק, ד"ר ניר גוב, יוסי פולק, ספי רכלבסקי, עינת ויצמן ורבים אחרים.

 

הבוקר שלחו 53 ארגונים חברתיים וארגוני זכויות אדם מכתב חריף ליו"ר הכנסת בדרישה לעצור מייד את תהליכי החקיקה של חוק החרם. הארגונים שחתמו על גילוי הדעת עוסקים בקשת רחבה של נושאים כולל זכויות אדם, עובדים, רווחה, פמיניזם, שלום, ועוד, בהם האגודה לזכויות האזרח, בצלם, מרכז אדוה, קואליציית נשים לשלום, רופאים לזכויות אדם, רבנים לזכויות אדם, אישה לאישה והקשת הדמוקרטית המזרחית. הארגונים כותבים כי לא שוררת בינהם תמימות דעים לגבי שימוש בחרם, חלקם סבורים שזה כלי יעיל ואחרים מתנגדים בתוקף לשימוש בו, אך כולם מאוחדים בדעה כי מדובר בכלי אזרחי, בלתי אלים ולגיטימי להבעת דעה ולקידום שינוי חברתי פוליטי.

"הצעת חוק זו מיועדת בבירור להגביל את פעילותן של עמדות וקבוצות פוליטיות מסוימות בלבד, רק מכיוון שמחאתן קוראת תיגר על הקונצנזוס הפוליטי כיום בישראל. במקום לנהל דיון דמוקרטי בנושאים העומדים על סדר היום הציבורי בישראל, משמשת הצעת החוק להשתקת יריבים פוליטיים ולחסימת אפשרות לדיון ציבורי. הצעת חוק זו הינה הצעת חוק מסוכנת, הרומסת זכויות יסוד ובראשן חופש הביטוי, המחאה וההתארגנות".

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/bill-to-punish-anti-israel-boycotters-passes-first-knesset-hurdle-1.347734


  • Published 21:34 07.03.11
  • Latest update 21:34 07.03.11

Bill to punish anti-Israel boycotters passes first Knesset hurdle

According to proposal, Israelis would face harsh punitive measures for such actions; controversial bill also calls for imposing sanctions on foreign nationals and groups and on states that give boycotts force of law.

By Jonathan Lis

The Knesset plenum on Monday approved in its first reading a "boycott law," which would levy harsh punitive fines on Israelis who call for academic or economic boycotts against Israeli institutions.

The controversial bill was put forth by 24 Knesset members, including Kadima party whip Dalia Itzik, coalition chairman Zeev Elkin (Likud ) and committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu ).


Elkin said prior to the vote that while in the United States it is considered illegal to boycott Israel - punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $1 million - the Israeli legal system cannot punish an Israeli who urges an American company to boycott his own country.

The draft law also calls for imposing sanctions against foreign nationals and organizations that call for anti-Israel boycotts, as well as against states that pass legislation giving such boycotts the force of law.The bill was supported by 32 members of Knesset, while 12 MKs opposed.

"This is an important and reasonable bill that will enable us to continue to ask the U.S. to take legal action against its citizens who boycott Israel," Elkin said.

Kadima faction chairwoman Dalia Itzik voted against the bill, and said that "it has nothing to do with the left or the right, for or against Arabs. MK Elkin, this is not what the poet intended. As a private civilian, do you want to put me in jail? You have taken the bill too far."

The Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Labor are fiercely opposed to the bill, on the grounds that it will not achieve its stated purpose of curbing boycotts and will only hamper efforts to cope with boycotts and the delegitimization of Israel on an international level.

Representatives of these ministries told the committee that the law would violate the right to freedom of expression and could damage Israel's relations with the European Union and the Foreign Ministry's freedom of action.

The preamble to the bill states that its aim is "to protect the State of Israel in general and its citizens in particular from academic, economic and other boycotts targeting the state, its citizens and its corporations because of their connection to the state.

The draft law distinguishes among boycotts by Israeli residents or citizens; by foreign residents or nationals; and by foreign states, through legislation. It explicitly includes boycotts that affect the West Bank, such as boycotts of goods and services originating in the Jewish settlements there.

Under the provisions of the bill, the court could levy a fine of up to NIS 30,000 on Israeli citizens calling for or taking party in boycotts against Israel. Foreign citizens who violate the law could be prohibited from entering Israel for 10 years or more.

Foreign states that pass laws leading to a boycott of Israel or of Israeli products could be barred from carrying out transactions in Israeli bank accounts and from trading in Israeli stocks, land or real estate. In addition, the state could suspend the transfer of payments owed to the states. Israeli citizens who have suffered damage as a result of the boycott could sue for compensation, to be paid out of the frozen funds.

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 Anti-Boycott bill passes first reading in Knesset

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL  

03/07/2011 23:27 

Proposed legislation would place sanctions on bodies that advocate boycotting Israel; rights groups say bill limits freedom of expression.

After a lengthy debate on the House floor, the Knesset voted late Monday evening to advance a bill that would place heavy sanctions against bodies that advocate a boycott against Israel, or against specific areas of the country such as the West Bank.

Although Kadima Faction Chairwoman Dalia Itzik, one of the bill’s original sponsors, rescinded her support for the legislation, the bill still easily passed in its first reading by a vote of 32-12.

Earlier in the day, a coalition of 53 human rights organizations, including B’Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights and Rabbis for Human Rights, sent a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, asking him to stop the legislation, which was sponsored by Coalition Chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud).

Left-wing MKs argue that the definition of boycott is too vague and thus could limit citizens’ freedom of expression, while the bill’s sponsors emphasized that such legislation already exists in the United States, punishing companies that support boycotts of Israel. MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) retained support for the bill, arguing that MKs who were truly interested in establishing a Palestinian state would work to further diplomatic channels, rather than concentrating on boycotts.

The bill initially met with stiff opposition from the Justice, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Labor ministries for being likely to harm Israeli interests abroad. But last week, the bill’s sponsors agreed to a revised version that defines boycott as “an intentional avoidance of economic, cultural or academic relations with a person or another agent, solely because of their ties to the State of Israel, its institutions or areas under its control.”

The bill will now be returned to the Knesset’s Law and Constitution Committee, where it will be prepared for its second and third readings in committee, and then sent to the plenum floor. Coalition MKs are confident that they will be able to maintain support for the bill throughout its legislative process.

 

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