Image from article, with caption: A BDS protest. The British government is currently pursuing a new bill that would prevent public bodies, universities, and student unions from boycotting Israeli products. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.
JNS.org – The United Kingdom plans to step up its fight against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, British Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock said Tuesday during a visit to Israel.
The British government is currently pursuing a new bill that would prevent public bodies, universities, and student unions from boycotting Israeli products.
Hancock is leading a visiting delegation of British lawmakers. The new bill aims to prevent any public body from imposing a boycott on a World Trade Organization member, which Israel has been since 1995. The regulation will essentially outlaw boycotting Israeli products — a threat often made against goods produced in Judea and Samaria — and allow the British government to take legal action against organizations that impose such boycotts.
Hancock met Tuesday with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who heads the Israeli government’s public diplomacy efforts against the BDS movement. ...