Proposed Anti-Subversive Bill Aimed at Anarchists and Boycotters

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, INN

The government would have new powers to bar entry into Israel by boycott supporters and other Israel-haters, according to a new proposed anti-subversive bill.

The Interior Minister would be empowered by law to bar hostile activists from entering Israel. The opposed changes in the law would apply restrictions to anyone who acts against the country, denies the Holocaust, works to boycott Israel and who tries to place Israeli leaders on international trial for what they did in the line of duty.

Likud Knesset Member Yariv Levin is working on the proposed bill with the help of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel.

The suggested legislation would apply to anyone who incites against the country, carries out verbal or physical attacks, organizes hostile activities or tries to interfere with foreign diplomatic and trade relations.

The Interior Minister would be empowered to make exceptions, according to the proposed bill, which has not yet been presented to the Knesset.

“The aim of the bill is to give the country the tools to deal with hostile elements that work against Israel from within the country and who endanger the security of Israeli citizens as well as foreign trade and diplomatic ties,” explained MK Levin.

“Many people who call themselves call themselves ‘peace activists’, along with all other Israel-haters who often are called ‘human rights activists,’ often act against the rights of Israeli citizens and are free to travel in the country without any restrictions,” added Nochi Eyal, director of the Legal Forum.

January 5, 2011 | 2 Comments »

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  1. Sam Fistel said,

    By my analysis, votes like this show that power in Israel is shifting to the right, and from Netanyahu to Lieberman.

    I’d say that, with a motion passing with only 47 votes out of 120, power in Israel is out to lunch.

  2. Results are in:

    The bill to investigate funding of anti-Israel NGOs, proposed by Avigdor Lieberman, won. The vote was 47 to 16. The vote took place in the Knesset plenum. If I understand it correctly, only people who want to vote on the bill one way or the other show up, and the rest of the Knesset members who do not bother to show up effectively abstain.

    So, it looks like 47 rightists voted for, and 18 abstained (presumably from the Likud). Seventeen “Jewish” leftists and arabs voted against, while 38 abstained (presumably Labor and some Kadima).

    By my analysis, votes like this show that power in Israel is shifting to the right, and from Netanyahu to Lieberman.