Warning: This Article Is Illegal
In defense of settlements, Israel’s ruling coalition has launched an offensive against free speech.
(The American Prospect) -- by Gershom Gorenberg --
This article is against the law. To be more precise: It includes a call for boycotting the products of West Bank settlements, a call that will be illegal in Israel as soon as legislation just approved by the Knesset is published in the official gazette and takes effect. That’s normally a matter of a couple of days, perhaps a week.
The Prohibition on Instituting a Boycott Act was submitted by Zeev Elkin—a West Bank settler and Likud politician who chairs the ruling coalition in Israel’s parliament. On Monday night, the Knesset passed the Boycott Act on a straight party-line vote, with the 47 members of the coalition and a far-right opposition party voting in favor, and the 38 members of center and left-wing opposition parties voting against.
Under the law, publicly calling for an “economic, academic or cultural” boycott of “the State of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control” is a “civil tort.” That is, publicly organizing or even supporting a boycott is grounds for the boycott’s target to file a civil suit, and for a court to award punitive damages even if the plaintiff doesn’t prove actual financial harm. Promoting a boycott isn’t a criminal act, but it’s definitely an illegal one, and the Knesset has made civil lawsuits the method of punishment. (My thanks to leading Israeli legal commentator Moshe Negbi and to Georgetown University law professor David Luban for parsing the law.)
The phrase in the law referring to “an area under [Israel’s] control” is a very thinly-veiled reference to the West Bank. The phrase is there to outlaw boycotts of Israeli settlements in occupied territory. The legislation bans promoting a boycott of a specific settlement product—say, wine from ex-terrorist Menachem Livni’s vineyard near Hebron—or of everything produced in settlement farms and industry. If the Israeli actors who publicly refused last year to appear on the stage in the new theater in the settlement of Ariel stick to their position, they too may face legal action...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
In Israel, the Judeofascist Right wages war against free speech under the auspices of national unity and security against terror.
In the diaspora, the Judeofascist Left wages war against free speech under the auspices of security against "hate speech."
The constant is the statist-authoritarian impulse and agenda, a desire to use government to suppress speech organized Jewry doesn't want to hear (no matter how true or necessary for it to hear) and the fact that these oppressive laws are necessitated in the first place by organized Jewry's abhorrent behavior itself, which naturally and inevitably results in blowback, backlash, or some hostile response.
Of course, in both cases, the Judeofascists pretend to be the innocent party, the injured party, merely defending themselves against aggressors and taking reasonable measures.
It's all mindful of how organized Jewry and its left-wing and neocon collaborators leverage the Holocaust (TM) at every opportunity to their political advantage, but suppress, ridicule and deny the preceding and precedent-setting Stalinist and Jewish Bolshevik-perpetrated holocaust in the Soviet sphere, which was the probably the decisive historical ingredient leading to the Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust.
The only difference between the Judeofascist Left and the Judeofascist Right is where they are located, and the extent to which they are willing to let their "victim" mask slip to reveal the self-serving, fascist-collectivist, totalitarian agenda underneath.
These Judeofascists of both Left and Right seem to believe that if they can use a totalitarian state run by their cult system to suppress free speech, control historical truth and thought, and re-define right from wrong, they can actually change reality itself to suit their agenda.
This is exactly "the Party's" mindset and modus operandi described by George Orwell in his novel 1984, only instead of an electroshock device, the Judeofascist Party passes speech laws, hate laws, an employs relentless Holocaust indoctrination and "anti-Semitism" accusations as their enforcement mechanisms (when they're not inciting massive wars to do the job). From Part 3, Chapter 3 of 1984:
'Until this moment you had never considered what is meant by existence. I will put it more precisely. Does the past exist concretely, in space? Is there somewhere or other a place, a world of solid objects, where the past is still happening?'These Judeofascists and their Left-Right statist-authoritarian collaborators are an intolerable threat, not only to the non-Jews under their control, but to the Jews, as well.
'Then where does the past exist, if at all?'
'In records. It is written down.'
'In records. And --?'
'In the mind. In human memories.'
'In memory. Very well, then. We, the Party, control all records, and we control all memories. Then we control the past, do we not?'
'But how can you stop people remembering things?' cried Winston again momentarily forgetting the dial. 'It is involuntary. It is outside oneself. How can you control memory? You have not controlled mine!'
O'Brien's manner grew stern again. He laid his hand on the dial.
'On the contrary,' he said, 'you have not controlled it. That is what has brought you here. You are here because you have failed in humility, in self-discipline. You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity. You preferred to be a lunatic, a minority of one. Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party. That is the fact that you have got to relearn, Winston. It needs an act of self-destruction, an effort of the will. You must humble yourself before you can become sane.'