B’nai B’rith International is deeply concerned by a law passed by the Knesset that would allow Israelis negatively affected by boycotts to sue supporters for monetary compensation.
The Knesset passed the law on July 11, sparking opposition from Israeli groups and pro-Israel advocacy groups around the world.
Despite the day-to-day struggles Israel faces, and the incessant threats against it from abroad, it remains a flourishing democracy that allows all views to be expressed. This law can only harm the free dialogue that Israel has always nourished and that has made it an exemplary state in the region.
Free expression is the hallmark of a democratic society. The threat of a legal action measure would undermine Israel’s treasured freedoms by limiting free speech.