Free speech in Israel is going to the dogs - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    ""In the U.S. there is are laws aimed at preventing Americans from boycotting U.S. allies, including Israel. It appears that in light of the reality in Israel, we need a similar law that applies to Israeli citizens," said the bill's sponsors" - Haaretz// Now consideer ACTUAL reality: "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: Knesset committee approves bill allowing Israel boycotters to be fined
    First published 21:46 15.02.11 | Last updated 21:46 15.02.11
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