RAMALLAH, July 12 (JMCC) - Several Israeli human rights organizations announced Monday that they will appeal a new law that penalizes those who advocate a boycott of Israel or its settlements, reports the Jerusalem Post
Groups participating in the appeal include Adalah - the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights and Coalition of Women for Peace. The four organizations sent a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz demanding a halt in the approval process of the law.
According to the rights organizations, the Boycott Bill is a completely unconstitutional law which limits freedom of political expression and is contrary to international law.
Furthermore, the groups allege that the law also forces residents of east Jerusalem to cooperate with the occupation and violates the principle of equality by attempting to defend one political position while limiting other positions.
Not only is the Israeli Knesset trying to silence the protest against the occupation - it is also trying to impose on victims and those in opposition to the occupation, to cooperate and actively support it, Director-General of Adalah Attorney Hassan Jubrin said. [The bill] does not meet any criteria of international law and we believe that [the bill] will not receive the approval of the Supreme Court.