Ashton spokesperson: EU concerned over Israel 'Boycott Law'

July 13, 2011 22:24

The European Union is concerned about the effect the "Boycott Law" will have on Israeli freedom of speech, a spokesperson for EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said on Wednesday, according to AFP.

"The EU recognizes Israel's sovereignty in the legislative process. Furthermore, the EU does not advocate boycotts," AFP quoted the spokesperson as saying.

"However, as part of such fundamental values as free expression and speech that the EU cherishes and shares with Israel, we are concerned about the effect that this legislation may have on the freedom of Israeli citizens and organizations to express non-violent political opinions,” the spokesperson said.

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