ADL issues rare criticism of Israel over 'Boycott Bill'

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
July 12, 2011 18:45

 
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In an unusual press release the Anti-Defamation League voiced its concern on Monday on the new law which imposes legal liability for damages against anyone calling for a boycott of Israel, including economic, academic, cultural, and other blacklisting.

The human rights group said the legislation that would allow lawsuits against people or organizations deemed as instigating boycotts including of goods made in the West Bank may be a violation of the country's Basic Laws.

"The Anti-Defamation League has a long history of vigorous opposition to any and all boycotts of Israel, and works every day to expose and combat those who seek to cause damage to the Jewish state," Abraham Foxman, ADL National Director said. "We are, however, concerned that this law may unduly impinge on the basic democratic rights of Israelis to freedom of speech and freedom of expression."

Foxman said he hoped "Israel’s Supreme Court will quickly take up a review of this law and resolve the concerns it raises."

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