RAMALLAH, July 11 (JMCC) - Israel's parliament is set Monday to vote on the second and third readings of a bill to sanction people or organizations that advocate for a boycott against Israel.
The bill has caused controversy as critics say it will stifle freedom of expression in Israel. According to Haaretz
The bill, sponsored by MK Zeev Elkin (Likud ), places a number of sanctions on companies and individuals publicly calling for boycott against Israel or a boycott of settlements. [...]
The final version of the bill would empower the court to set a sum of compensation to be paid by organizations or individuals calling for boycott, without proof of damages. The bill also adds a handful of new sanctions, such as stating that an organization committed to calling for a boycott on Israel will not be recognized as tax-exempt.
The bill is supported by the government and is expected to pass easily, despite an expected opinion
by the Knesset's legal adviser that the bill would damage free speech.