Bill that bans boycotters from country progresses

MK Roy Folkman (Kulanu), a cosponsor of the bill, said Israel has to differentiate between legitimate criticism and delegitimization.

November 15, 2016 00:40
1 minute read.
Boycott Israel

Boycott Israel. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A bill meant to prevent people who call for the boycott of Israel from entering the country passed a first reading Monday night.

The legislation sponsored by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) applies to anyone who is not an Israeli citizen or permanent resident and has called for the boycott of Israel, has committed to participating in such a boycott or has represented an organization that did so.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The proposal would allow the Interior Minister to make exceptions, however.

“This bill is meant to prevent those who want to fight us from entering,” Smotrich said.

“BDS is against Israel, not just Judea and Samaria. So what are you afraid of? Today we are taking the first step in getting past that fear.”

Smotrich cited “a whole industry,” or organizations that bring people to Israel on tourist visas for specifically anti-Israel purposes.

“We’re putting an end to it,” he added.

MK Roy Folkman (Kulanu), a cosponsor of the bill, said Israel has to differentiate between legitimate criticism and delegitimization.

“The rationale [of the bill] is that there is room for legitimate criticism, but there is also a war on delegitimization of Israel in which many organizations take part, coming here not to hold a dialogue but to collect information to delegitimize us in the world,” he said.

MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint List) said boycotting is all a Palestinian can do against Israel’s might.

“[A Palestinian] can speak to the world’s conscience,” he said. “The forces of light in the world are our allies. And who are [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s allies? The Trumpists. The people we speak to don’t come with planes and tanks. They say we should boycott [Israel] to save the Jews and the Arabs. I think that whoever boycotts [Israel] deserves a prize.”

The bill passed a first reading with 42 in favor, 15 opposed and seven from the Zionist Union abstaining. It will go to the Knesset Interior Committee for continued preparation before a second and third (final) reading.

Related Content

July 21, 2018
Team USA wins Men’s Lacrosse World Championship in Israel