Bill banning boycotters from Israel advances in Knesset

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  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Bill banning boycotters from Israel advances in Knesset
    By Udi Shaham
    11 January 2017 14:22
    The legislation will now go up for vote in second and third readings.
    A protester chants slogans near a banner reading "Boycott Israel" during an anti-Israel march in Malmo. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    The Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee approved on Wednesday a bill that allows the Interior Ministry to ban people who call to boycott Israel from entering the country. The legislation, pushed forward by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) will be voted upon in second and third readings.

    The bill was originally proposed by former Bayit Yehudi MK Yinon Magal, but Smotrich took it over when the former resigned from the Knesset in 2015 over sexual harassment allegations. "We should remember that the right to enter the State of Israel should not be taken for granted. There is no reason to allow someone who wants to harm the state to come in," said Somtrich in the committee meeting.

    "The bill allows the [interior] minister to act by his own judgment, but the default option is not to grant a visa, unless the minister says otherwise," committee chairman David Amsalem (Likud) said, "Why should I let someone who slanders the state and harms it into my home? We are not afraid of criticism, but we have our national dignity."

  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Israel has a point here. I agree with the thinking behind keeping these people out of Israel. They would probably just cause trouble if they came in anyway. :ohno
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  3. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    Now if we could only teach that simple little truth and apply it to US immigration policy....
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