Justice Minister Blocks Israel Boycotters From State Tenders and Benefits

'The State of Israel needs to fight the foolish attempts to boycott it,' said Gideon Sa'ar, 'which are part of a broader process of delegitimizing the Jewish state'

new-hdc-logo
Haaretz
Demonstrators at a protest against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Paris, France, in 2017.
Demonstrators at a protest against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Paris, France, in 2017.Credit: Kamil Zihnioglu / AP
new-hdc-logo
Haaretz

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar approved regulations that would prevent companies that boycott Israel from bidding for state tenders and strip them of other benefits, a statement from his office said on Saturday.

According to the statement, the legislation intends to “codify a process of limiting the participation in bidding for tenders and preventing benefits for those who have been found to call for boycotting the State of Israel, or anyone participating in such a boycott.” It did not specify what the aforementioned benefits are.

“The State of Israel needs to fight the foolish attempts to boycott it,” said Sa'ar, “which are part of a broader process of delegitimizing the Jewish state.”

The regulations still need the approval of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee in order to be put into law. They reached Sa'ar's desk after the approval of Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Gilad Ach, director of the right-wing Ad Kan NGO, praised the decision. "Israel is under unprecedented attack regarding its right to exist because of delegitimization activities, and this is an important step in fighting against them," he said. "At the same time, this is a drop in the ocean," he added, stating that more must be done to criminalize such acts.

Jonathan Lis contributed to this report.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Mohammed 'Moha' Alshawamreh.

'It Was Real Shock to Move From a Little Muslim Village, to a Big Open World'

From the cover of 'Shmutz.'

'There Are Similarities Between the Hasidic Community and Pornography’

A scene from Netflix's "RRR."

‘RRR’: If Cocaine Were a Movie, It Would Look Like This

Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

Yair Lapid's Journey: From Late-night Host to Israel's Prime Minister

Lake Kinneret. The high water level created lagoons at the northern end of the lake.

Lake Kinneret as You’ve Never Experienced It Before

An anti-abortion protester holds a cross in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Roe v. Wade: The Supreme Court Leaves a Barely United States