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A Levelheaded Israeli Calls Anti-Boycott Law 'Fascism'

A Levelheaded Israeli Calls Anti-Boycott Law 'Fascism'

I’m still reeling from the news yesterday that the Knesset passed the anti-boycott law. It’s reassuring to know that it’s not just Israelis on the left that are outraged by this. In this morning’s Maariv, Ben Caspit, one of Israel’s most prominent and influential columnists, tears into the new law, expressing much anguish — you can read the original Hebrew or a translation. He is not, by any stretch, sympathetic to boycotts, which he calls “childish” and “fairly silly.” Caspit was in fact the first Israeli journalist to publicize the findings of the right-wing group Im Tirzu, which painted an ominous picture of the human rights NGOs operating in Israel. This is no knee-jerk leftie. He’s just shocked about what happened yesterday:

Caspit also accuses Netanyahu of having been pressured into silence by the most right-wing members of his party and coalition, like Likud MK Zeev Elkin, who authored the bill. And he makes clear something that should be fairly obvious: A bill like this can only prove counterproductive.

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Gal Beckerman

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