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Defend the boycott of Israel

Issue No. 2491

Low-ranking Tory minister Matthew Hancock was set to announce plans this week making it harder for councils and other public bodies to boycott Israeli products.

He made it clear that the legislation will be aimed at weakening the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

BDS targets firms profiting from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

French multinational Veolia ended its role in illegal Israeli settlements after British councils dropped it from contracts worth more than £10 billion. Councils including Tower Hamlets, Leicester, Swansea and Bristol have passed resolutions supporting BDS or condemning firms involved in illegal Israeli settlements.

Tory ministers say such boycotts are “divisive” and fuel antisemitism. But you don’t have to look very far to figure out the real reason for blocking them.

Hancock announced the same last October.

He chose to announce them again this week before heading to Israel with a delegation of top bosses. Hancock was even set to meet Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The trip underlines Britain’s close relationship with the Israeli terror state.

Just last weekend Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem shot and killed six Palestinians—including three children. They also critically injured a 14 year old girl.

The growing global BDS movement plays a huge role in undermining Israel’s position and exposing its crimes—and our rulers’ complicity in them.

It must be defended.

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What We Think
Tue 16 Feb 2016, 16:07 GMT
Issue No. 2491
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