It adds "Israel risks further isolating itself internationally with this attempt to stifle critics… Opponents are already challenging the law in court. We hope they succeed, for Israel’s sake."
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The New York Times also mentioned that the law, which was criticized both in Israel and internationally, was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League.
The US organization which is usually supportive of Israel and opposes anti-Israel boycotts warned that the law impinged on the "basic democratic rights of Israelis to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
Stating that it was also opposed to boycotts against Israel, the New York Times noted: "this is a fundamental issue of free speech".
Democratic principlesThe editorial added that "Israel’s conservative government is determined to crush a growing push by Palestinians and their supporters for boycotts, disinvestment and sanctions against Israel."
It went on to mention the many cancelled performances and programs over the last year by both Israeli and international intellectuals and artists as part of the protests against the settlements.
"With peace talks stalemated, Palestinians are searching for ways to keep alive their dream of a two-state solution, including a push for United Nations recognition this fall. Israel risks further isolating itself internationally with this attempt to stifle critics," the editorial claimed.
The New York Times stressed that after Netanyahu's absence from the Knesset plenum during the vote he made it clear that "the law would not have passed if I did not authorize it." They said Netanyahu should have "exercised leadership and urged lawmakers against doing their country serious harm."
In closing the editorial stated: "Advocates said the law was needed to prevent efforts to “delegitimize” Israel, but no country can be delegitimized if it holds true to its democratic principles. Opponents are already challenging the law in court. We hope they succeed, for Israel’s sake."
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