Noam Sheizaf with a Breakdown of the Boycott Bill Vote…

Posted on July 13, 2011

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Noam Sheizaf has a handy breakdown of the roll call for the anti-boycott bill that passed the Knesset yesterday. Interestingly, Avigdor Lieberman and PM Netanyahu, the two biggest braying jackasses in the history of anti-Palestinian rhetoric and authoritarianism, didn’t show up for the vote. That’s priceless. Also, Human Rights Watch condemns the bill and notes one kafkaesque element of it that’s been overlooked in the hub ub:

On its face, the law also applies to Palestinian “permanent residents” of East Jerusalem, an area that Israel unilaterally annexed in 1967 but is still considered part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories under international law. In a statement, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, Adalah, and the Coalition of Women for Peace pointed to the “absurd result” that “a boycott call by the residents of East Jerusalem against the settlements” would give settlers the right “to demand compensation from victims of the occupation.”

This actually makes obvious sense in the context of the occupation. It’s perfectly consistent in its maddening upside-down moral structure.

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