Tuesday, March 8, 2011

50 Israeli Civil Society Organizations to the Knesset: Halt legislation of Anti-BDS Bill

Editor's Note: For recent media coverage of this issue, see Ha'aretz here.
Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Over 50 Israeli civil society organizations have signed an urgent appeal to the Constitution, Las and Justice Committee of the Knesset, calling the committee to halt the legislative proceedings of the Boycott Phrohibition bill.

  • Speaker of Knesset, MK Reuven Rivlin
  • Chair of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee MK David Rotem
  • Members of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee of the Knesset
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, emphatically protest against the proposed law “Prohibition on imposing a boycott,” which is now being brought for discussion in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

We are not unanimous in our approach to using the boycott tactic; some of us are of the opinion that it is an efficient tool, while others strongly object to its use. Yet we are all united in our stand that it is, indeed, a civilian, non-violent and legitimate tool to express opinion and advance social and political change.  As such, it falls within the rules of the game in a democracy.

This proposed law is clearly intended to limit the expression of specific opinions and political groups, simply because their protest challenges the current political consensus in Israel.

Instead of conducting a democratic discussion of the issues on Israel’s public agenda, the proposed law serves to silence political adversaries and to block public discussion.