With Israel Boycott Law Passed, Rightist MK Fires First Salvo at Meretz

MK Eldad complains to police over Meretz's campaign to label products made in the territories in stores throughout the country.

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) filed a police complaint against Meretz secretary general Dror Morag and party activists who launched a campaign to label products made in the territories in stores throughout the country, Sunday.

Eldad also asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to start criminal proceedings against Morag and the Meretz activists.

National Union MK Aryeh Eldad
Tess Scheflan

Eldad said Sunday that the activists had broken the law that prohibits a person from conspiring with someone else to harm a third person or that person's livelihood, which carries a prison term of up to two years.

Said Eldad, "While this act was ostensibly intended to protest the Boycott Law, which passed in the Knesset last week, that law has not yet gone into effect and its legality will apparently be discussed in the High Court. But the secretary general of Meretz and his activists, who wanted to strike a blow at settlement products, apparently forgot the criminal code" - which, the MK added, already contains a law prohibiting these sorts of actions.

According to Eldad: "The true test of the attorney general, who said that the new law is problematic, will now be the need to 'juxtapose' his political worldview with the letter of the law - even if he opposes Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria and would want to support people who boycott Jewish products, labeled with what they view as a mark of shame."

Morag said Sunday in response, that "Aryeh Eldad and all the other 'Aryeh Eldads' do not scare me nor Meretz activists, who have made it their goal to fight the Boycott Law and the trend toward abolishing democracy."

Morag added: "We will not be silenced. We will continue the struggle, even at the price of lawsuits. Can Ofra Strauss sue everyone who boycotts cottage cheese?" he asked, referring to the controlling shareholder of the Strauss dairies.