Queen’s Speech: Government to outlaw public bodies boycotting Israel

The Jewish News, December 19, 2019

Yachad, a left-wing Zionist group which campaigns against settlements, criticised the move as “harming the right to free speech” and being counter-productive in tackling antisemitic anti-Zionism,

“We believe the tactics employed by the BDS movement are misguided and wrong. However, any proposal to ban public bodies from engaging with those who express support for BDS risks harming the right to free speech, whilst doing little to combat antisemitism or defend Israel.

They add, that “we strongly believe that the basic right to nonviolent protest must be secured. We are worried that an outright ban of a broad range of nonviolent criticism will not combat BDS or make our community safer, nor will it make Israel more secure.”

 

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