On 8 March the full Knesset gave a first reading to a slighly amended
bill by 32 votes to 12. As Ha’aretz notes, “It explicitly includes
boycotts that affect the West Bank, such as boycotts of goods and services
originating in the Jewish settlements there.”

On 15 February a Knesset committee approved on second and third readings
a bill combating boycotts against Israel – another hysterical proposal
by the right wing and Kadima MK Dalia Itzik designed to protect ‘our
weak and tiny country, which is being attacked from within and without’.

“This law,” explain the architects of the proposal, “is
designed to protect the State of Israel in general and its citizens
in particular from academic, economic and other boycotts that are imposed
on the country, its citizens and corporations, due to their connection
to the State of Israel.” The law is designed to protect “the
area under Israeli control, including Judea and Samaria.”

Violators of the law can be sued for damages of up to NIS 30,000 (€6,000)
without any need for evidence that injury was caused to the boycotted
or potentially boycotted party/ies.

Revised
bill

Ha’aretz
report on Knesset debate

Read
full story in Ha’aretz of committee debates

Details of the bill and the Knesset
legislative process

Israel
boycott activists respond with call to Poland to end arms deal