Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Israel will vet peoples' political opinions before allowing them to enter the country

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 If this law goes through, as I suspect it will, then bang goes my chances of going to Israel under the Law of Return!  It is, once again, supported not only by the far Right and the further Right but also by the Zionist ‘left’ of the Israeli Labour Party/Zionist Union.  This proposed law follows on from the 2011 Law for Prevention of Damage to State of Israel through Boycott, which made supporting Boycott a civil offence or tort.  It will prevent people who are known to have called for or supported the Boycott of Israel from entering the country.
This is another sign that the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ fears democrataic debate and being held accountable.  What other country in the world would exaamine your political opinions and whether you oppose that state or its government and then decide whether to allow you in or not?
An even more drastic measure, from the openly racist and fascist Avigdor Liebermann of Yisrael Beteinu, which would have removed funding from political parties (i.e. the Arab-Jewish Joint List) which support boycott of Israel, including even a boycott of settlements (which would catch out the left-Zionist Meretz party) has been shelved for the time being as Netanyahu is probably conscious of the further damage it will do Israel.

The fact that Israel's political leaders have seen fit to propose a further law against BDS, within 4 years of the previous law, shows not only that Boycott hurts the Zionists but that they fear its potential as well.  This is the best proof, if any were needed, that Boycott is one of the most effective if not the most effective tactic of supporters of the Palestinians and opponents of Zionism.

Tony Greenstein

 Ministers approve banning boycotters from entering Israel

Jerusalem Post 19.10.15. Lahav Harkov

Bayit Yehudi bill would also keep non-citizens or permanent residents who boycott settlements out of the country.

Pro-Palestine demonstrators calling for a boycott during a protest in Paris. (photo credit:AFP PHOTO)
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The cabinet’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Monday a bill that would deny entry to the country to anyone urging a boycott of Israel.

The initiative by MK Yinon Magal of Bayit Yehudi would bar any non-citizens or residents encouraging steps to embargo Israel from obtaining a visa or residency permit.

“It cannot be that someone who is trying to harm the State of Israel can enter it freely,” Magal said after ministers approved the bill, which must still obtain parliamentary approval before it becomes law.

Magal said anyone boycotting Israel was “employing terrorism” against the country, adding that “it is unthinkable that he would be allowed to move freely through the country.”

MKs from Zionist Union, Yesh Atid, Kulanu, United Torah Judaism, Shas and the Likud have co-sponsored Magal’s initiative.

The measure defines boycott by the wording of a 2011 anti-boycott bill as any “deliberate avoidance of economic, social or academic ties or ties to a person or other body just because of his connection to the State of Israel, its institutions or regions under its control, in order to harm it economically, social or academically.”

The words “regions under its control” would make the bill, should it become law, applicable to people who call to boycott Israelis or their institutions in settlements or the West Bank.

The measure would permit the interior minister to make exceptions under special circumstances.

The bill’s explanatory portion points out that in recent years there has been an increase in calls to boycott Israel.

“It seems that [boycotts are] a new front in the war against Israel, for which the state, thus far, has avoided properly preparing,” it reads. “This bill is meant to prevent people or representatives of companies and organizations that call to boycott Israel to act within our territory to promote their ideas.”
The ministerial committee postponed a decision on a measure proposed by Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman to cut government campaign funding for political parties that either advocate boycotting Israel or have MKs who do so.

Liberman accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of asking for the delay “for not reason.”

“That is very typical of the prime minister, and it is unacceptable,”
Liberman said.

The Joint List and Meretz could lose funding should such a bill become law.

Israeli 'Anti-boycott' Law Shelved, With Netanyahu's Intervention

The bill proposed cutting off political parties that support boycotting products from Israeli settlements.

Jonathan Lis Oct 19, 2015 4:32 PM
Avigdor Lieberman at a meeting of Yisrael Beiteinu, October 12, 2015.Olivier Fitoussi

Bill aims to cut funding to political parties that support settlement boycott

A bill that seeks to silence Israeli lawmakers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Ministerial Committee for Legislation to take a bill off its agenda that would defund parties in which a Knesset Member calls for a boycott of settlement products or encourages a boycott of Israel or Israeli trade.

Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman had submitted the bill.

"Half an hour before the committee met, I was informed that the prime minister was demanding that the debate on the bill be postponed at least two weeks, without reason," said Lieberman. "This is regretfully very typical of the prime minister."

Lieberman said that there is no reason for parties that provide ammunition to Israel's enemies and call for a boycott of settlement products to receive taxpayer-funded money. He submitted the bill after the Hadash and Meretz parties expressed support for boycotting settlement products and MK Basel Ghattass (Joint List) backed boycotting of Israel.

Parties that knowingly make a public call for boycotting Israel in a situation in which there is a reasonable chance the call will lead to a boycott would not be eligible for funding, according to the bill.

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