"Free Speech" Now Illegal in Israel

  • tokugawa

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    Jul 17, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    Warning: This Article Is Illegal

    In defense of settlements, Israel’s ruling coalition has launched an offensive against free speech.

    Gershom Gorenberg, The American Prospect
    July 13, 2011

    This article is against the law. To be more precise: It includes a call for boycotting the products of West Bank settlements, a call that will be illegal in Israel as soon as legislation just approved by the Knesset is published in the official gazette and takes effect. That’s normally a matter of a couple of days, perhaps a week.

    The Prohibition on Instituting a Boycott Act was submitted by Zeev Elkin—a West Bank settler and Likud politician who chairs the ruling coalition in Israel’s parliament. On Monday night, the Knesset passed the Boycott Act on a straight party-line vote, with the 47 members of the coalition and a far-right opposition party voting in favor, and the 38 members of center and left-wing opposition parties voting against.

    Under the law, publicly calling for an “economic, academic or cultural” boycott of “the State of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control” is a “civil tort.” That is, publicly organizing or even supporting a boycott is grounds for the boycott’s target to file a civil suit, and for a court to award punitive damages even if the plaintiff doesn’t prove actual financial harm. Promoting a boycott isn’t a criminal act, but it’s definitely an illegal one, and the Knesset has made civil lawsuits the method of punishment....

    more at: http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=this_article_is_illegal

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    Jul 17, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    theantijock said, "there seems to be so much hate on this gay forum that I guess hate is the new gay?"

    I hope not! I belong to a straight site as well; much larger, and it seethes with hate as well.

    I think it's more the internet, rather than the orientation.

    -Doug
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    Jul 17, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    theantijock said
    meninlove said theantijock said, "there seems to be so much hate on this gay forum that I guess hate is the new gay?"

    I hope not! I belong to a straight site as well; much larger, and it seethes with hate as well.

    I think it's more the internet, rather than the orientation.

    -Doug


    Sad. I get that it is not just gay. But I don't buy that it is the Internet. Some people on the internet are kind. Probably they are also kind when not online.


    If one was to judge the gay left from RJ, it would not be wrong of one to conclude hate is the democratic gay, because I have endured years of their hatful abuse just for not seeing things their way. Yet I am a pound Gold Card Gay; the real thing and not an impost-er.

    They to would stop all free and conservative free speech, so they only hear what they want, and not the truth.icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 17, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    Why is one not surprised about this.
  • tokugawa

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    Jul 26, 2011 8:32 AM GMT
    True_blue_aussie said ...

    They to would stop all free and conservative free speech, so they only hear what they want, and not the truth.icon_wink.gif


    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-21-2011/fox-news-false-statements?xrs=share_fb