Court demands Knesset explain why ‘Boycott Law’ still on books
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Court demands Knesset explain why ‘Boycott Law’ still on books

Controversial measure lets firms seek damages from those calling for boycotts

Protesters near the Rami Levy supermarket in the Sha'ar Binyamin industrial zone in the West Bank call for a boycott of settlement goods. (photo credit: Muhannad Alazzeh/Twitter)
Protesters near the Rami Levy supermarket in the Sha'ar Binyamin industrial zone in the West Bank call for a boycott of settlement goods. (photo credit: Muhannad Alazzeh/Twitter)

The High Court of Justice has directed the Knesset and the justice and finance ministers to explain why they haven’t yet canceled a controversial law punishing those who support boycotting Israelis.

The law, passed last year, allows companies to seek damages from groups and individuals who call for a boycott against them.

The law also authorizes the justice minister and the finance minister to deny access to government tenders to companies participating in a boycott.

The law has come under fire for being undemocratic, and a number of groups have petitioned the High Court to strike it down.

The court gave the officials until March 13 to respond.

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