Memo to Prime Minister Netanyahu

At the end of the day, warts and all, and any other metaphors you wish, Israel’s greatest strength in the court of public opinion (not to mention morality) is that it is a liberal democracy.  It is a free country.

That’s why when you pass a law banning calls for boycotting goods produced in settlements it is not only a profoundly immoral idea, but a deeply stupid one.

No one — least of all American Jews — should purchase goods produced in settlements.

Okay, Bibi: the ball’s in your court.  Come and get me.

Comments

  1. Don says

    Especially ironic, since observing a boycott of Israeli goods, attempting to do so, or even failing to report an attempt to do so, is already illegal here in the States.

  2. Jonathan Zasloff says

    @Don — You have a cite for that? There are several organizations already boycotting Israeli goods from the settlements.

  3. Anonymous says

    He’s referring to a Carter-era law that prohibits companies from complying with the Arab league boycott of Israel from the ’70s. As the government itself puts it, the laws

    discourage, and in some circumstances, prohibit U.S. companies from furthering or supporting the boycott of Israel sponsored by the Arab League, and certain Moslem countries, including complying with certain requests for information designed to verify compliance with the boycott.

    So they’re not allowed to comply with foreign paperwork requests verifying that they haven’t done business with Israel, basically. It’s a red herring as far as the current law is concerned.

  4. Jeffrey Kramer says

    When I first came across the headline about that ban, I thought it might be a hoax like the story about the Rabbinical court passing a death sentence on a trespassing dog.

  5. Rob in CT says

    Oh my:

    “According to the law, a person or an organization calling for the boycott of Israel, including the settlements, can be sued by the boycott’s targets without having to prove that they sustained damage. The court will then decide how much compensation is to be paid…”

    Any chance the Israeli courts will strike this down?

  6. PT says

    If 20% of a state’s citizens can’t marry whom they please, have an education that corresponds to their history, move into neighborhoods of their preference, control their land and property, or enjoy equal access to plumbing, electricity (a), transportation , education 2, government loans (b), and state and private employment 1 2 3 (c), should that state be called a liberal democracy? I for one do not think it can. To me, this evidence indicates that Israel employs a two tier system of laws that institutionally discriminates against its Palestinian citizens within its internationally recognized borders.
    Moreover, for how long can we treat Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights as a temporary phenomenon not reflective upon its democratic or undemocratic nature? Indeed, a majority of its national history has included this occupation. 
    a – Search Adalah’s inequality report to see the experiences of tens of thousands of Palestinians living in unrecognized villages.
    b – Also explained in the Adalah inequality report.
    c – Also see reports by Sikkuy, Adalah, and ACRI (the Association for Civil Rights in Israel).

  7. anonymous says

    If 20% of a state’s citizens can’t marry whom they please, have an education that corresponds to their history, move into neighborhoods of their preference, control their land and property, or enjoy equal access to plumbing, electricity (a), transportation , education 2, government loans (b), and state and private employment 1 2 3 (c), should that state be called a liberal democracy? I do not think it can. To me, this evidence indicates that Israel employs a two tier system of laws that institutionally discriminates against its Palestinian citizens within its internationally recognized borders.
    Moreover, for how long can we treat Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights as a temporary phenomenon not reflective upon its democratic or undemocratic nature? Indeed, a majority of its national history has included this occupation. 
    a – Search Adalah’s inequality report to see the experiences of tens of thousands of Palestinians living in unrecognized villages.
    b – Also explained in the Adalah inequality report.
    c – Also see reports by Sikkuy, Adalah, and ACRI (the Association for Civil Rights in Israel).