High Court hears petition to strike Anti-Boycott law

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December 5, 2012 11:58

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

The hearing began around 10:00 a.m. and was ongoing.

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.

The law was passed after the decision of several prominent Israeli artists not to appear or perform in settlements in the West Bank as an act of protest "against the Occupation."

The Anti-Boycott Law allows entities to win compensation in civil courts from individuals or organizations who have called for a boycott, with controversial provisions regarding the level of proof needed for actual damages.

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