The bad boycott bill
Attempts to legitimize Jewish presence in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem through the stifling of criticism may just achieve the opposite.
By JERUSALEM POST EDITORIAL
July 11, 2011 21:31
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Zeev Elkin 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
MK Ze’ev Elkin was correct back in March to point out – after the Knesset plenum
in a first reading ratified his government-backed “Boycott Bill” – the
“absurdity” in Israelis supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)
movement.Seemingly out of touch with mainstream Israeli society and
oblivious to the many attempts consecutive Israeli governments have made over
the past three decades to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinian people,
these pro- BDS activists insist on using economic pressure to bully Israel into
caving in to Palestinian demands. It’s as if there never was a wave of
Palestinian terrorism targeting Israeli civilians in the wake of the Oslo
Accords, a bloody second intifada complete with suicide bombings orchestrated by
Yasser Arafat and carried out by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in response to prime
minister Ehud Barak's far-reaching 2000 Camp David concessions, a barrage of
Hamas-initiated mortar fire and Kassam missiles after the 2005 Gaza pullout, a
2006 Palestinian election that brought to power Hamas – a terrorist organization
whose charter includes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion – and a recent
reconciliation between that Islamist organization and the “moderate”