On 27 June 2011 a final version of the ‘Bill for prevention of damage to the State of Israel through boycott – 2011’ was approved by the Constitutional Committee of the Israeli Knesset.
Israeli human rights groups have sent out an urgent call to EU Member States and their representatives, asking them to protest against the bill which applies not only Israel but also the illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
Israeli citizens and organisations calling for withdrawal of economic or cultural support from settlements or from Israel would be liable for heavy compensation payments, even if no actual damage is caused to boycotted parties.
In addition, the final version of the bill includes a new list of sanctions against NGOs, public institutions and businesses engaging in boycott, including the loss of tax exemptions and the loss of eligibility for benefits afforded by various laws.
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