Free speech in Israel is going to the dogs - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    "'In the U.S. there 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 institutions or settlements. 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 wingers. 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: Heated debate in Knesset over boycott law: 'Legislation will stain Israeli democracy'
    First published 19:38 11.07.11 | Last updated 19:38 11.07.11
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