MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) has put forward a new bill to prohibit foreign citizens calling to boycott Israel from entering the country.
The proposed bill, which aims to prevent foreign activists from agitating against Israel from its own territory, comes against the backdrop of an upsurge in international movements to isolate the Jewish State.
“The past years have seen an increase in the frequency of calls to boycott Israel; the issue is on the public agenda” Magal’s spokesman, Yochai Nadiv, told Tazpit News Agency, alluding to recent incidents such as the statements made by Orange CEO Staphane Richard last week regarding his intention to sever ties with Israel’s Partner mobile service provider.
The bill aims to serve as a means of defense against this phenomenon, which its text refers to as a “new front in a war against Israel.”
“Many foreign organizations not only call for a boycott, but come to the territories, agitate against Israel, then return home to spread their message abroad. It’s absurd: you let in people who wish to harm the country,” Nadiv explained, adding that similar laws already exist in several countries, including France, which prosecutes foreigners accused of anti-government agitation.
The bill, currently at the signing stage, is expected to be presented to the Knesset plenum for an initial vote next week.
By Ben Niran
Tazpit News Agency