Lia Tarachansky: Israeli MK – “anti-Boycott Law threatens democracy”

By Lia Tarachansky, The Real News Network – 3 July 2011

On the night of July 11th the Israeli parliament passed the controversial anti-boycott law. The law was written in response to the mounting global movement of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (or BDS) against Israel and profits from its settlements and industry in the occupied West Bank. The Boycott movement began as a mass Palestinian civil society call, and has been supported from the beginning by some Israelis. The new law bans them from publicly calling for a boycott, classifying it a civil wrong. To understand the politics behind the vote, The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke with Noam Sheizaf, a journalist with the +972 Magazine, and caught up with MK Dov Khenin during a protest in Jerusalem. This week anonymous activists announced a week of direct actions, known as Rage Week. Also this week the Israeli parliament will decide whether to investigate human rights groups who work against the occupation.

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