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    • 14.07.10 | 19:44 (IDT)

    "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press" - US Constitution Israel has no constitution and crazy rightwingers can come up with all sorts of ideas which might endanger Israeli democracy and transform it into a McCarthyist state, or worse. This proposed law is directed against people who advocate, not only participate in, a boycott of Israeli institution. In the US, the law cannot stop the "advocacy", only the actual practice of boycott, because of Constitutional protection of free speech. But go and explain this fine difference to the right wing. Their law of course is actually aimed at speech. Israelis don't boycott Israel, they sometimes speak against policies of Israel and call for actions that would cause them to be changed, including boycott. It is fundamental that such speech be allowed to be heard. What is advocated may even be correct. Do Israelis want to hear about sanctions only when these finally take place?

    from the article: Israelis inciting anti-Israel boycotts could soon be forced to pay dearly
    First published 18:42 14.07.10 | Last updated 18:42 14.07.10
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