50 Israeli Civil Society Organizations to the Knesset: Halt legislation of Anti-BDS Bill

Over 50 Israeli civil society organizations have signed an urgent appeal to the Constitution, Las and Justice Committee of the Knesset, calling the committee to halt the legislative proceedings of the Boycott Phrohibition bill.


Speaker of Knesset, MK Reuven Rivlin

Chair of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee MK David Rotem

Members of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee of the Knesset

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, emphatically protest against the proposed law “Prohibition on imposing a boycott,” which is now being brought for discussion in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

We are not unanimous in our approach to using the boycott tactic; some of us are of the opinion that it is an efficient tool, while others strongly object to its use. Yet we are all united in our stand that it is, indeed, a civilian, non-violent and legitimate tool to express opinion and advance social and political change.  As such, it falls within the rules of the game in a democracy.

This proposed law is clearly intended to limit the expression of specific opinions and political groups, simply because their protest challenges the current political consensus in Israel.

Instead of conducting a democratic discussion of the issues on Israel’s public agenda, the proposed law serves to silence political adversaries and to block public discussion.

This is a dangerous piece of legislation, which tramples basic rights, first and foremost among them the rights to freedom of expression, protest, and assembly. We call on the Speaker of the Knesset and on the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee to immediately halt the legislative proceedings regarding this anti-democratic law.

A.S.F – Refugee Aid Organization
Achoti – for Women in Israel
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Adva – Center for Equality and Social Justice in Israel
Alliance of Progressive Women
Amnesty International – Israeli Branch
Anwar - Arab and Jewish Women's Leadership
Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights
Bint al-Sahara
Breaking the Silence
Btselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
Coalition of Women for Peace
FOR A – Feminist Organization of Russian Speaking Activists
Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement
Gush Shalom
Hagada Hasmalit - Cultural Center and Website
Hamoked – Center for the Defense of the Individual
Hotline for Migrant Workers
Ir Amim - For an Equitable and Stable Jerusalem
Isha L'Isha – Feminist Center Haifa
Itach-Ma'aki –  Women Lawyers for Social Justice
Kayan – Feminist Organization
Ma'an – Coalition of Women Organizations in the Negev
Machsom Watch
Movement for Democratic Women in Israel (TANDI)
New Israel Fund
New Profile
Physicians for Human Rights
Princes of the Dessert
Rabbis for Human Rights
Sheikh Jarah Solidarity
SHIN – for Equal Representation of Women
Sikkuy - The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel
Six Colors
The Alternative Information Center (AIC)
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
The Center for Advancement of Women in the Public Arena – Van Leer Institute
The Center for Nutritional Security and Against Hunger
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
The Mizrachi Democratic Rainbow
The Negev Institute – Ajik
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
The Social Television
Tmura Center – The Israeli Anti-Discrimination Legal Center
WILPF – Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Israeli Branch
Women Against Violence
Women's Parliament
Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights
Yesh Gvul