The German Bundestag’s vote on Friday makes Germany the first country in the European Union to rule that the BDS movement is antisemitic, making no attempt to build coexistence or peace between Israel and its neighbors.
BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF
In a landmark vote the German Bundestag ruled on Friday that the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is antisemitic, calling on German Federal offices and bodies not to collaborate in any way with events that advocate to boycott or delegitimize the Jewish state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the Bundestag on its “important decision to recognize BDS as an anti-Semitic movement and that it is forbidden to support it.” Continue Reading »
As Israel’s Knesset begins its summer session, propose law spearheaded by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Avi Dichter passes, 62 MKs to 41, permitting only the PM & DM to give green light in declaration of war. • Justice Minister Shaked, “We must adapt ourselves to the present state security requirements.” • Joint List MK Aida Touma-Suleiman, “The bill will enable two people to take not only the State of Israel into war, but all the countries in the region.”
By Moran Azulay and Shahar Hay
The Knesset passed a law Monday evening that will transfer authority from the government to the cabinet—and in some case to the prime minister and defense minister only—to declare war and to launch military operations. Continue Reading »
Saudi Arabia ruled that calls to prayer could only be amplified by a mosque’s indoor loudspeakers, and the UAE & Egypt have restricted the use of loudspeakers, but, when Israel seeks to restrict the noise level, Palestinians make it an international affair.
By Aviel Schneider
Quite the controversy is raging over Israel’s proposed legislation aimed at muffling the five daily Muslim calls to prayer from local mosques. In recent decades, the call of the muezzin has been amplified by multiple loudspeakers, resulting in tremendous noise pollution starting at 4:30 AM every morning.
Loudspeaker system used in Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
While Jewish residents have been most vocal in complaining about the muezzin loudspeakers, local Muslims have expressed outrage over the bill, which last week gained approval from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Continue Reading »
The Palestinian Authority is furious, threatening Israel with ‘disaster’ over proposed bill that aims to prevent the “daily suffering” of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, Jews, Christians, and secular Muslims, from loudspeaker systems, blasting throughout the day and night.
A Hamas representative called the bill “a dangerous and provocative development. Any interference on the part of the Israelis will be met with disaster. No one is allowed to interfere with our religious rituals.” Continue Reading »
Professor Eugene Kontorovich, a renowned expert on int’l law at Northwestern University calls on the EU’s ambassador to Israel to publicly defend the UN’s position by debating the legal status of Israel.
By Shoshana Miskin
The EU Ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, participated last week in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper’s anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) conference where he reiterated the EU’s stance that Israeli “settlements” are “illegal under international law” and are “a hindrance to the peace process.”
Lars Faaborg-Andersen, EU Amb. to Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Faaborg-Andersen additionally termed the 1949 armistice line an “internationally recognized border” even though the 1949 line is neither internationally recognized, nor is it a border. Continue Reading »
Getting the law right on the Israel-Gaza conflict is not the problem. Like most laws, it’s quite clear. Unfortunately, most of the journalists covering the current conflict are either threatened/intimidated from reporting the truth, emotionally invested in one side or the other, or will simply explain away Hamas’ daily war-crimes as rightful ‘resistance’.
By Laurie R. Blank, THE HILL/contributor
International law has quite a lot to say about the latest violence that has flared up between Israel and Hamas. So do the media. Unfortunately, they rarely match, leading to unfortunate — and sometimes egregious — misrepresentations. In an age when both real and perceived violations of international law have a substantial effect on the legitimacy of state action, getting it wrong is way more than just bad journalism. Continue Reading »
The new law seeks to combat “the unbearable ease with which daily use of Nazi terminology is made part of the public & political discourse”.
“We cannot make light of any use of Nazi symbols,” says MK Shimon Ohayon of the Yisrael Beytenu party.
By Edna Adato
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday approved a bill that seeks to ban the use of Nazi symbols, attributes and language in Israel unless for historical, educational or documentary purposes.
The bill, whose language was reviewed by the Justice and Public Security ministries, will be presented to the Knesset for its preliminary reading in the coming days.
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