The New York Times
slammed as undemocratic the recently passed anti-boycott law in an editorial article published on Monday.
"Israel’s reputation as a vibrant democracy has been seriously tarnished by a new law intended to stifle outspoken critics of its occupation of the West Bank," the editorial charged.
The article states that, while The New York Times
is against boycotting Israel, its opposition to the so-called Boycott Law, "is a fundamental issue of free speech."
The editorial warns that Israel risks further international isolation as a result of the law. "Advocates said the law was needed to prevent efforts to “delegitimize” Israel, but no country can be delegitimized if it holds true to its democratic principles."