Top French court upholds punitive ruling in previous criminal case that BDS is illegal discrimination and protesters bound by earlier hate-crime conviction.
(JTA) A French appeals court upheld the hate-crime convictions of activists who called for a boycott of Israel at a demonstration.
In a statement about the March 30 ruling, BNVCA called it “a new victory over the illegal BDS movement.”
The conviction came six months after a similar ruling by the same court on a different case from 2009 and 2010 involving 12 supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, or BDS.
The convictions are based on jurisprudence that views BDS as discriminatory and on a law from 2003 extending anti-racist legislation to encouraging discrimination, including boycotts, against countries or their peoples.
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