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France Outlaws BDS Anti-Semitism

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The highest court in France this week upheld the criminal conviction of 12 political activists for the crime of advocating sanctions and a boycott against Israel.

“BDS is illegal in France,” announced Pascal Markowicz, head attorney for CRIF, the umbrella organization for Jewish communities in France. Any actions to promote the movement, he added, “are completely illegal. If [BDS activists] say their freedom of expression has been violated, now the highest legal instance in France has ruled otherwise.”

The group was arrested for distributing anti-Israel material in a supermarket under the French law on Freedom of the Press.

Twelve activists wearing shirts that bore the words, “Long live Palestine, Boycott Israel” entered the store and began passing out flyers from the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.

The flyers said: “buying Israeli products means legitimizing crimes in Gaza.”

The law imposes a prison term and/or fine of up to $50,000 for those who “provoke discrimination, hatred or violence toward a person or group of people on grounds of their origin, their belonging or their not belonging to an ethnic group, a nation, a race or a certain religion.”

The court ruled that BDS is inherently discriminatory and thus outlawed its promotion.

Ministers Approve Barring BDS Activists’ Entry into Israel

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday approved a bill by MK Yinon Magal to prevent the entry of anti-Israel boycott activists into the Jewish state. The bill amends the 1952 Entry into Israel Law, which regulates entry into the country of persons who are not citizens of Israel or immigrants, and the arrangement for their stay in the country.

Under the new bill, persons active in or are members in NGOs promoting boycotting Israel will not be allowed to enter Israeli territory, for work or tourism.

In the coming weeks the bill will be presented to the Knesset for first out of readings on its way to becoming law.

MK Magal said in a statement, “The bill is self explanatory. It is inconceivable that a person trying to harm the State of Israel could enter it freely. Whoever calls for a boycott of Israel is using terrorism in no uncertain terms, and it is inconceivable that they be allowed to walk around the country unhindered.”

Since its approval, in 1952, the law has been amended 23 times, 17 of which amendments have been made since 2000, mainly to regulate the entry and stay of foreign workers.

In June 2015, a leaked government report stated that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign could potentially cost Israel’s economy $1.4 billion a year.

‘Boycott Bill’ Will Ban Participants from Entering Israel

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

A Knesset bill proposed by a Bayit Yehudi MK will prohibit anyone who participates in an anti-Israel boycott from entering the Jewish State.

MK Yinon Magal has proposed that anyone who is not an Israeli citizen, or who is not a permanent resident of the country, and who calls for such a boycott – or who is connected to a company which calls for such a boycott – will not be able to receive a visa or residency permit.

The bill notes in its explanatory section that boycotts have become the latest weapon in a new onslaught against Israel by anti-Semites.

“It seems that [boycotts are] a new front in the war against Israel, for which the state thus far has avoided properly preparing,” it reads. “This bill is meant to prevent people or representatives of companies and organizations that call to boycott Israel to act within our territory to promote their ideas.”

From a legal standpoint, the definition of “boycott” has been set forth as follows:

Under the 2011 Anti-Boycott Bill, boycott is defined as follows: “Deliberate avoidance of economic, social or academic ties or ties to a person or other body just because of his connection to the State of Israel, its institutions or regions under its control, in order to harm it economically, social or academically.”

The bill is being co-sponsored by a wide array of lawmakers, from the Likud, Shas, Kulanu, Yesh Atid, Zionist Union and UTJ parties.

Irish Dance Festival Cancels Tel Aviv Event Due to BDS Threats

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The first-ever Irish dance festival set to take place in Israel was terrorized away from Tel Aviv thanks to a campaign of threats to the performers, the school, and a “standard” BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions) petitions.

The Israeli Feis, scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv next month, was targeted by the Irish Palestinian Activists Collective who began the #DontDanceForIsrael campaign.

An online petition against organizers of the feis and supporting “the appeal of the Palestinian people to Boycott, Divest and Sanction, BDS, the Apartheid state of Israel” was also launched by Amanda Crawford in Dublin.

The Irish Friends of Palestine, whose Facebook page had garnered 12,575 “Likes” by Wednesday, posted a statement calling the cancellation of the event a #BDS Victory Ireland.

In a statement announcing its cancellation of the event, the Carey Academy explained, “Not long ago the feis [FaceBook] page started to be attacked by a radical political group called Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) led by Raymond Deane, Kevin Squires and Amanda Crawford. Threatening messages were sent not only to our teachers, but also parents and students.

“Age, nationality, or religious beliefs do not matter to us. Unfortunately, there was a protest outside of our dance studio. We do not want to risk safety of anyone connected to the Carey Academy. The feis was not meant to be anything more than what it really is – a celebration of dancing, friendship and joy.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to people who may have already booked tickets, but I am sure you understand the safety of our dancers is our number one priority.”

The Academy had previously stated that “running a feis in Israel does not mean we support or are involved with the Israeli government or any extremist groups in any way shape or form.”

BDS Trying to Stop Bon Jovi from Performing in Israel

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The “Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)” is petitioning anti-Zionists to sign up in a bid to force the rock group Bon Jovi from performing for the first time in Israel.

The petition states:

World renowned band, Bon Jovi, is scheduled to perform in Israel on October 3rd. We ask the members of the band, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Tico Torres, to reconsider their concert in apartheid Israel, until Israel complies with international law and respects the rights of the indigenous Palestinian people.

Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people have caused enormous despair, death, injury, and displacement, to millions of people.

The boycott group also warned that Israeli company producing the show also has clients such as Motorola whose “crime” is that it provides Internet access on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train that will pass through a small area in Samaria. In the petition’s language, the “train which cuts through stolen Palestinian village land in the occupied West Bank.”

Equally “worse,” according to PACBI, the production company also does business with Hewlett-Packard, which provides biometric control systems at checkpoints.

The attempt to stop the rock group is on the road to another failure. Bon Jovi’s producer in Israel told the group , “Bon Jovi couldn’t care less.”

This question has been asked thousands of times, but it still needs to be presented: Why doesn’t PACBI and other boycott groups stop using computers made with chips at Intel, whose employees include people living in Judea and Samaria?

United States’ Episcopal Church Rejects Boycott of Israeli Goods from Judea and Samaria

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

SALT LAKE – The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States met in Salt Lake City yesterday, Thursday, July 2 and rejected in a voice vote the proposal to divest from businesses that have operations in Judea and Samaria and to boycott products from the region.

At the Church’s 78th General Convention, the House of Bishops, led by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, overwhelmingly defeated the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions resolution. The Episcopal Church has around 1.8 million members across the United States.

Commenting on the text of the resolution, Bishop Ed Little of Northern Indiana said that it was “clearly and unmistakably advocates boycott and divestment, and we must reject it,” according to a news report by the Episcopal News Service. “As Anglicans, we have the gift and ability to reach out to people on both sides in the conflict. That is what the Episcopal Church is doing in the Middle East. Our current leadership under the presiding bishop is allowing us to be peacemakers.”

Another bishop, Leo Frade of Southeast Florida said in the Episcopal News Service report that his experience of embargoes and blocking, in particular the embargo of Cuba, backfire. “It hurts the same people we think we are helping. Palestinian jobs depend on investment, not on divestment.”

In addition, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA in Kansas City, Missouri, decided to delay a vote on divestment from Israel until their next assembly in 2017. Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) hailed the decision by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to reject themotion endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“We wholeheartedly thank the Episcopal Church convention for lending its support to Israel on this issue, and for taking a moral stand. We sincerely hope that other major church denominations in America will follow this example and stop the BDS movement in its tracks.”

Earlier this week, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted in favor of divestment from Israel.

“Endorsing BDS does nothing to improve the plight of the Palestinians, in particular not of those employed by Israeli companies in the West Bank. Endorsing BDS also doesn’t contribute to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All it does is to sow division and hatred,” added Lauder.

The WJC president said the real motive of the BDS movement was “to put into question the existence of Israel as the democratic nation-state of the Jewish people.”

“The BDS movement won’t bring peace and justice to the Middle East; that will only come once the Palestinians and their supporters choose cooperation over confrontation.”

This week, Malachi Rosenfeld, 26, of Kochav Hashahar in the Binyamin region, was killed in a terror attack on Monday when Palestinian terrorists fired upon him and other passengers while they were driving back from a basketball game.

US Mennonite Church Group Postpones BDS Vote

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

A third U.S. church group that was set to vote this week on a motion to divest from companies doing business with Israel has decided to table the resolution for two years.

The Mennonite Church USA had planned to vote on whether to sell off stock in firms “known to be profiting from the ‘Occupation’ and from ‘destruction of life and property’ in Judea and Samaria.

At its national meeting Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri, however, delegates voted 418-336, with 28 abstentions, to table the resolution until the next assembly convenes – two years from now, according to a church spokesperson.

The vote to divest would have been the third this week by a U.S. church group; two others (the Episcopal Church and the Cleveland synod of the United Church of Christ, both held in Salt Lake City) passed a motion to support the BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions) campaign against the State of Israel.

The churches voted to sever ties with companies that do business with firms that have any connection with Judea and Samaria, many of which employ Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who would lose their jobs as a result.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-mennonite-church-group-postpones-bds-vote/2015/07/03/

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