High Court delays decision on striking Anti-Boycott Law

December 5, 2012 12:45

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday heard petitions filed to strike down the highly controversial "Anti-Boycott Law" as a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Although there was a break in the proceedings after the lawyers had finished arguing, leading to speculation that there might be an on-the-spot decision, the court temporarily deferred the decision.

Deferred decisions at an initial hearing generally mean the court wants to carefully craft its opinion or that there is a lack of agreement among the justices and they want more time to study the issue.

The Anti-Boycott Law was passed in July 2011 and imposes sanctions on any individual or entity that calls for an economic boycott of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank or of Israel itself.

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