Attorney general to defend boycott law in High Court

By JOANNA PARASCZCUK
July 13, 2011 00:01

 
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Yehuda Weinstein announces decision to defend the controversial new law even though he says it has "legal difficulties".

The High Court ordered the state Tuesday evening to respond within 60 days to the petition filed by Gush Shalom calling on the court to overturn the new law.

Several other Israeli left-wing NGOs, including the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, Adalah, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and the Coalition of Women for Peace also announced that they would challenge the boycott law in the High Court.

Gush Shalom activist and former MK Uri Avnery slammed the attorney general's decision to defend the Boycott Law. "Weinstein admits the law is problematic legally but behaves in a cowardly manner rather than bravely leading a legal process. In his announcement that he will defend the law in the High Court he is abusing his office as one who is supposed to lead the country according to democratic values. He should refuse to defend the law, which the High Court is clearly not going to pass," Avnery said.

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