Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Israel's anti-BDS Ministry Pushes to Keep Its Activities Secret

Jonathan Lis,

Image from article, with caption: Supporters of Palestinians at a demonstration in Paris, France, June 24, 2015

Draft legislation meant to ensure the confidentiality of the Strategic Affairs Ministry's activities against the BDS movement, also those carried out through non-governmental groups on campuses abroad

The Strategic Affairs Ministry circulated on Tuesday draft legislation that would exclude its activities from provisions of the Freedom of Information law. The draft legislation is meant to ensure the confidentiality of the ministry's activities against the BDS movement and foreign groups working to promote a boycott of Israel, also those carried out clandestinely through non-governmental groups for Israel on campuses abroad and elsewhere. ...
In October 2015, the cabinet awarded the ministry, headed by Minister Gilad Erdan, the "comprehensive responsibility for leading the campaign against the phenomenon of de-legitimization and boycotts against Israel." Tuesday's explanatory notes outlined the ministry's activities against groups calling for boycott, which are comprised of four "tracks": warning, deterrence, attack and public diplomacy. ...

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