MKs offer response to PA boycott
Amnon Meranda
Published: 09.06.10, 22:00
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1. I think this move makes sense in terms
Robert Haymond ,   Israel/Canada   (06.09.10)
of protecting the state of Israel. This would be our response to those entities within Israel proper, to those within Europe and other international entities and those from the Westbank in terms of their having any rights within our own country. Let's hope this would also apply to such characters as Amira Haas, Haaretz journalist and Jewish woman who resides in Ramallah and whose livelihood depends on stories which constantly and predictably critique and downgrade Israel. On the other hand, boycotting Israeli products from the Yishuvs in the Westbank is well within the rights of Westbank Palestinians. It is necessary for Palestinians to boycott these products from a symbolic perspective as well as an economic one. Moreover, and I think we can all appreciate this, it is a heck of a lot saner than sending out suicide bombers. Frankly, I think we need to separate ourselves from one another.
2. Insane
Sami ,   New York, USA   (06.09.10)
They have the right to boycott settlements. I am pro Isael but this is too much.
3. Settlements not part of Israel so law doesn't apply
Bloodyscot ,   Dallas, Texas   (06.09.10)
While settlers are Israeli citizens they are not living in the state of Israel or are the goods produced in Israel but some of the companies maybe register as Israeli. This law is dangerous and could backfire in a big way against Israel. People should have the right to buy what they want but normally can only choose what the store has to offer which sometimes is force on the stores to get access to other produces.
4. Non-violent protest is illegal?
Michael ,   sao paulo   (06.09.10)
When the Palestianians resort to violence, Israel does not accept it (rightly so). When they finally resort to non-violent means of protest, it is also illegal? This is legitimate tool and congratulations to the Palestinianas for using it!
5. duuuuurrrgghh
bob ,   New Zealand   (06.09.10)
is this a joke?
6. why Israel aways think of robing others money
observer   (06.09.10)
why Israel makes unlawful means? because of power? or, because she thinks that PA wouldn't retaliate.
7. Correct,perfect ,just!
Keren ,   IL-BR   (06.09.10)
Kol Hakavod! As soon as this bill is implemented,a great step will have been done for the healthy progress of Israel. I hope it is going to be implemented very soon, because we don't have time to loose and we must rush to do the right.Rush!
8. #2, #4: You Are Missing Something Here
emanon ,   USA   (06.09.10)
I would hardly call burning goods a peaceful protest. Further, the wanton destruction of the goods is not a boycott. A boycott is a refusal to purchase, not steal and burn or burn goods without payment. That is why the Israeli companies should be compensated. By the way . . . the wanton destruction of these items kind of flies in the face of the terrorstinian claim they are starving and goods are in short supply.
9. For #1, Robert are you being deliberately obtuse?
Mikesailor ,   Miami, FL   (06.09.10)
This action by the Knesset does not limit itself. It apparently covers all boycotts of goods made in the settlements in an attempt to keep the settlers economically viable. Therefore, the settlements will continue through an indirect involintary subsidy by the Palestinians. That is the purpose of thei law in a nutshell. Yet, rather than condemn it for the duplicitous act it is, you only offer a half-hearted criticism. Are you really so frightened that a full-throated condemnation will alter your status as a member of the 'tribe'?l
10. Israels Unity is paramount
Israels Unity   (06.09.10)
Individuals may choose to purchase or not to purchase, but agreeing that a boycott of Jews and their products, no matter where they live is simply 'sinas chinum'. To agree that it's not 'right' to boycott pre '67 but ok post '67, just falls into the disunity trap.
11. Jews may determine whether Palestinian live or die?
observer   (06.09.10)
do the Jews MKs think that this is their inalienable right?
12. To Observer: Start Observing
Dav Lev ,   Burbank. CAUSA   (06.10.10)
To Observer: " this their inalienable right?" Where are you coming from? The British Mandate Western Arabs (Palestine), are provoking a boycott of "Jew" goods (aka Zionist). I suppose that is their right. But it is also Israels' right to fire them, not hire them, marginalize them. It is Israels right to avoid buying THEIR goods. It is Israel's right not to cooperae with them in any way. It's really their choice. In fact, they are harming we Jews by their behavior., not the reverse. Is this their right? Billions have poured into the W. Bk and Strip over the years. Israel gave them it's manufacturing plants..and 22 settlements. What did they do with them? Bibi has pleaded for economic cooperation, and this is what we gets. My oh my. I recall an industrial plant opening (Jew/Arab) years ago, to a volley of gunfire. They have no clue (the Arabs) as to how to live, prosper, have peaceful relations with their (Jew) neighbor. The US boycotts No. Korea. Perhaps Israel should emulate US and really impose a blockade, boycott, embargo. That would teach them a lesson they would never forget. They can then cry to Abbas, now pleading for more flotillas, in the USof A. in the leftist media.
13. I know everything about settlements from Al Jazeera
Bloodyscot ,   Dallas, Texas   (06.10.10)
one hour video course I took yesterday. This has made me an instant ME Expert from my living room 7000 miles away.
14. Hurt them in their pockets
Roy ,   Florida   (06.10.10)
That is a minimum price.
15. Good Response
Christy ,   Boston, US   (06.10.10)
In an Economic Boycott/War, money is the weapon. I support fighting words with other words and also fighting an Economic War with money. Once in a war of words or money - be prepared for backlash and stand your ground, if need be.
16. Boycott
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (06.10.10)
Such a law would be pure racism. Boycott is a legal and non-violent means of disapproval. The Haredim do it and no one says anything. In the western world it has always been used - especially by Jews - to fight back against unwanted policies of the governing body or of a private concern that shows racist tendencies.
17. A stupid law
Naor ,   USA   (06.10.10)
Israeli citizens and Palestinians should have the right to buy whatever they want or don't want. If an Israeli company starts selling a product I find ugly, I would enjoy being able to boycott it without repercussions. Peaceful protest = yes, thievery or violence = no.
18. Now its official we are an aparthied state
Avi ,   Israel   (06.10.10)
People have a choice. I personally do not buy products that are made in the occupied terrotories. Why should i support and buy products made by the settlers who hate us anyway.
19. RE: MKs offer response to PA boycott
Chuck ,   New York USA   (06.10.10)
Let me see if I understand the twisted logic here? (A) Settlements are built on land that until 1967 was internationally recognized as Jordanian (The Transjordan) and occupied by Palestinians. (B) No legal purchase of the land from its original owners was made. (C) Original owners were evicted and the land was claimed by right of conquest. (D) Original owners and their descendents now boycott products made or produced by persons who took their land. A reasonable person might stipulate to the above facts. Now, (E) certain MKs want to financially punish individuals affected by (A+B+C+D) for NOT buying products from persons who STOLE their land. Come on, are you people real? What world do you live in? Shame!
20. #2- who told you that you were pro-israel?
david ,   new york   (06.10.10)
you sure as hell don't sound like you are.
21. #17: you are ignorant of the palestinian "law"
david ,   new york   (06.10.10)
the palestinains will jail anyone who does business with jews in the west bank. they kill anyone who sells land to jews. the arab boycott is the antithesis of free choice.
22. Doing Business
shrinkDave ,   miami usa   (06.10.10)
Doing business gets people interconnected and peace becomes economically important. People prosper, and insist on peace. The converse is also true. Don't do business with me, we have no connection other than a negative one. Stupid move. Never miss an opportunity to miss an oppotunity.
23. PA wants to boycott. OK, so don't hire even one PA worker.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (06.10.10)
Israel has a RIGHT to hire Jews to do work that the boycotters should not be allowed to do. After all, the EU will come along and give them handouts to replace the lost wages. AND, Jews will get jobs, but the employers may have to pay an honest wage. Too bad for them.
24. More about control, what goods store are allowed to sell
Bloodyscot ,   Dallas, Texas   (06.10.10)
Israel controls building in W. Bank with zone/building permits and borders in what imported or exported, also who can enter and leave certain areas or travel abroad. What next only Israeli goods can be sold in store and all foreign or PA goods banned?
25. How dare they boycott settlements
David ,   USA   (06.10.10)
How dare the Palestinians boycott the settlements?!? Do they not know they are required to economically support and fund the settlements so that these same settlements may thrive and continue expanding onto their lands?!? The nerve of those people!
26. Israel against peaceful protest
Adam ,   Canada   (06.10.10)
Israel condemns the Palestinians for violent resistance...and also condemns them for non-violent resistance (such as boycotts). So what does Israel want from swear loyalty to Israel and completely submit to the authority of the Jewish State? This is ridiculous and stupid.
27. Great law-hope it passes
Nicole ,   USA   (06.10.10)
Wonderful! This is the kind of smart measures parliament needs to take. Pray it passes.
28. The Law is a Counter-Boycott
RickD ,   USA   (06.10.10)
If the Israelis choose to counter-boycott that seems understandable. Anyone who says that it's OK to boycott but not to counter-boycott is obviously biased.
29. It's flattering to get your attention, Mike #9,
Robert Haymond ,   Israel/Canada   (06.10.10)
but your conclusions about me are just not on target. I would advise that you alter areas of interest from pop psychology to something a little less challenging.
30. Helen Thom
Mark Kirshner/Moshe ,   East Islip,NY USA   (06.10.10)
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