16 March 2017, AFOPA's "3 Things" Digest
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign
On 6 March 2017 the Israeli Knesset (parliament) passed legislation banning boycott supporters from entry to Israel.
3 Analyses of the new 'dissenter ban' law
- Israel passes 'dissenter ban' [+972mag]
- Israel says dissenters are unwelcome [NYT]
- Israel bans entry to supporters of the boycott movement [IMEMC]
& ICYMI...Australian says 'Arrest me' [Haaretz]
Israel passes 'dissenter ban' barring entry to boycott advocates
Mairav Zonszein, +972mag, 7 Mar 2017
"It’s impossible to predict how and against whom the new law will be applied, but the message it sends is clear: if your politics don’t toe the Israeli government line, you won’t be allowed in. Even if your opposition is entirely non-violent."
Israel Says Dissenters Are Unwelcome
Editorial, New York Times, 9 Mar 2017
"[The law is] Counterproductive because [it] projects an image of Israel as hostile to anyone who disagrees with the occupation and settlements, encouraging louder calls for boycotts every time a visitor is turned back at the airport."
Israel Bans Entry to Supporters of the Boycott Movement
Interview with Shir Hever, IMEMC, 10 Mar 2017
"In terms of surveillance and violation of privacy there is not a democratic country in the world that stoops to the level of Israel."
And in case you missed it...
Various Letters to the Editor, Haaretz, 15 Mar 2017
Rabbi asks "Will you turn me away?" - "Because of my political and religious views, I refuse to recite kiddush over wine that is labeled as made in Kiryat Arba..."
Australian says "Arrest me." - "From 1973, I volunteered in Israel; from 2001, I have been volunteering in Palestine..."
"Not democracy but dictatorship" - "I don’t know quite how or to whom to express my disgust and concern regarding the direction my beloved country is taking."