Canadian Friends of Peace Now strongly condemns the new Israeli legislation, adopted March 6 by the Knesset, that bans entry to foreign nationals who support or publicly engage in boycotts of either Israel or West Bank settlements.
Anyone who values freedom of expression – whether he or she agrees with boycotts or not – should be appalled by this law. Especially disturbing is that it applies equally to those who advocate a blanket boycott of Israel and those who restrict their actions to settlement products. There are staunch friends of Israel, including many Jews, who believe a settlement boycott is a necessary means to push for a two-state solution. Whether they are right or wrong is not the issue. To bar their entry is both draconian and foolish, sending the message that Israel cannot tolerate dissent and strengthening the hand of those who truly seek the demise of the Jewish state.
As our parent organization, Shalom Achshav/Peace Now says:
“The law ….is neither Jewish nor democratic….Through this law the Bennetyahu government will not prevent boycott but, rather, deteriorate Israel’s international standing and lead Israel towards international isolation.”