Friday, July 15, 2011

The anti-boycott law Protects Israeli Democracy


New law protects democracy

Op-ed: The only undemocratic aspect of Boycott Law is opposition's
attempt to thwart it
Yariv Levin

The other day we thwarted an attempted legal putsch aimed at trampling
the Knesset's sovereignty in favor of the political considerations of
a national minority. The deceptive scaremongering campaign against the
Boycott Law, undertaken while ignoring the legislation's clear
instructions and justified aim, was met with the firm stand of Knesset
members. We voted in favor of the law and safeguarded democracy.

The State of Israel's duty is to defend itself and its citizens. If in
the past the main battlefield was military, today the campaign is much
more complex. Economic strength, academic prowess and cultural wealth
constitute a vital element in the power of every state. The Boycott
Law is meant to safeguard the national strength of us all.

In essence, the law entrenches the right of each one of us to receive
proper compensation for damages incurred as result of being boycotted
only because of one's area of residence or workplace. The law prevents
those who call for boycotts against Israel and its citizens from
reaching into the public coffers and receiving funding at the expense
of tax funds paid by the very citizens facing the boycott.

The law draws a clear line between a legitimate political debate and
the exploitation of Israeli democracy in order to undermine the
State's sovereignty, its economy or its academic institutions, whether
these are located in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Ariel. This is the law's
justified aim, and there is no wonder that the leading Western
democracies, headed by the United States, already adopted similar
moves and even harsher sanctions against those who seek to boycott

Radical minority of judges
Against this backdrop, we should view with special gravity the
opposition's attempt, with the backing of a handful of attorneys, to
prevent the law's approval on the basis of seemingly unconstitutional
grounds. The attempt to curb a democratic process and thwart the
majority's decision via controversial legal opinions and threats to
petition the High Court of Justice reflect the Israeli Left's
inability to accept the path chosen by most of people here. This is a
dangerous process where the minority attempts to force its views upon
the majority by using the legal system, and first and foremost the
Supreme Court.

A radical minority of judges who represent a post-Zionist agenda are
trying time and again to force their worldview upon us after it was
rejected by a large majority of the public. The law was declared by
its foes as "unconstitutional" while, as we know, Israel doesn't even
have a constitution.

The small group of attorneys who seek to run the State created a sort
of virtual "constitution" from thin air, while aiming to disqualify –
on the basis of vague rules that it changes in line with its needs –
legislation passed in the Knesset via a proper procedure and as an
expression of the sovereign's desire. It is not the law that is
flawed, but rather, the anti-democratic move undertaken by its

The attempt to prevent the affirmation of the Boycott Law yet again
proved the need to facilitate genuine change in our legal
establishment – a change that will bring the Jewish and Zionist
character back into this system.

Likud Knesset Member Yariv Levin chairs the Knesset Committee

2. Israel's Fascist Left:

University of Haifa "peace education" professor Gavriel Salomon (name
misspelled in article) has some interesting thoughts:

Says Israel's Citizenship law is like the Nazi Nuremberg Laws.

(cited in above)

'Israeli educational psychologist Prof. Gavriel Solomon (cit) said
that "the idea of Judenrein (Jew free zone), or Arab-rein is not
new... Some might say 'how can you compare us to Nazis'. I am not
talking about the death camps, but about the year 1935. There were no
camps yet but there were racist laws. And we are heading forward
towards these kinds of laws. The government is clearly declaring our
incapacity for democracy."

3. Alice Walker's War against the Jews

4. When genocide is better than a state:


Tel Aviv University - Ran Hacohen (Dept of Comparative Literature)
Weeps, Whines, and Lies about the anti-Boycott Law while Demonizing
Israel as "Slave Owner"
In other words, every Israeli producer based in the occupied
territories can sue anyone calling for a boycott. If I call to boycott
all settlements products — I am not saying I do, I say "if" — each and
every Israeli firm based in the occupied territories can sue me, and
there are hundreds of such firms. So not only do they operate on
stolen Palestinian land, not only do they enjoy generous state
benefits from my tax money (that's why they moved to the territories
in the first place) — now they can sue me and take my money too for
calling for a boycott (if I ever do). What started as a dispossession
of the Palestinians now moves to the dispossession of any Israeli who
dares oppose that dispossession. What started as enslaving the
Palestinians may end in enslaving their supporters within Israel.

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