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June 21, 2015 12:45 pm

Israel Plans to Employ Legal Strategy Against Boycotters

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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Against the backdrop of mounting international pressure to boycott Israel, the Jewish state’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is preparing to reverse the country’s policy of condemnation – and turn to one of active lawsuits against boycott activists worldwide.

The initiative was sparked by a report from the international section of the Justice Ministry, which revealed that pro-boycott activists have repeatedly failed to obtain legal rulings in their favor from courts around the world.

This has lead Justice Ministry officials to the belief that there is a legal basis for suing those same activists for damage to Israeli commerce, attempted discrimination, and racism against Israel.

According to Yifa Segal, Director of the international program of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, a settler aligned law firm, the problem with Shaked’s approach is that this legal basis does not extend to lawsuits filed by the government.

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“There is a solid legal basis for anti-boycott legislation; such legislation exists in several countries, including France and the U.S. But this is an issue that normally regards civilian organizations – NGOs, companies and so on – not the government,” Segal told Tazpit News Agency.

“In international relations, issues are resolved through diplomatic, not legal channels,” Segal continued. “It is highly unusual for a government to sue in such cases; it is also risky, as such a move may draw diplomatic responses that are detrimental to Israel. If, by contrast, an Israeli NGO sues a foreign NGO, no diplomatic pressure is involved,” she said.

Shaked’s initiative forms part of a larger plan to combat international delegitimization of Israel, currently being drawn up by Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan.

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  • Sruly

    I believe we (Israel) has the right to bar sales and sharing of all technology including medical to governments, companies and individuals were the ruling government supports or defends the BDS movement or fails to defend or make laws prohibiting this type of discrimination.

  • James Paul Cleveland

    I feel that it is about time that these Boycotts are stopped ! Israel makes so many things that help save and make peoples lives better ! Israel does not deserve this kind of treatment ! The vast majority of Israelis’ are some of the most wonderful people in the world! I for one am so happy to have some as my friends !

  • EVE LAING

    THIS IS GREAT NEWS…..FOR FAR TOO LONG WE HAVE EITHER IGNORED OR JUST CONDEMNED ATTACKS FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE ISRAEL AND JEWS IN GENERAL, JUST DISAPPEAR. I BELIEVE WE TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO TREAT US. WE HAVE FOR TOO LONG TAUGHT ANTI-SEMITES THAT THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH WHATEVER ABUSE THEY THROW AT US. NOW WE TAKE A PRO-ACTIVE STANCE WHERE THEY ARE MADE TO OWN THEIR ACTIONS. I AM FEELING SO MUCH BETTER ALREADY. AMEN!

  • rabbi yakov lazaros

    The best strategy to combat BDS is boycott the boycotters..
    Let companies beware that if they participate in BDS they in turn will be boycotted by Jews around the world.

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