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2 years ago  ::  Jul 12, 2012 - 3:09PM #1
rocketjsquirell
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FRANCE DOES SOMETHING GOOD!

France Penalizes Boycott of Israeli Products

Last May, the Cour de Cassation, the Supreme Court of France, ruled that calls for a boycott of Israeli products constitute discrimination and as such are illegal under French law.

The verdict was the final ruling in a legal battle that went on for years. On 9 July 2005, exactly seven years ago, the Palestinian Authority called for a worldwide Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against the Jewish State. In February 2009, following the Gaza War in the winter of 2008-2009, several leftist and pro-Palestinian organizations in France convened to organize a French BDS campaign. The activists target French and international corporations that do business in Israel, French branches of Israeli companies, and supermarkets selling Israeli products.

Supermarkets are raided by commando units who block the entrances or storm the premises in order to remove the Israeli products or label them with stickers stating that Israel is an "apartheid state." Often the raids are videotaped and posted on YouTube. The French revolutionary Left considers BDS to be a huge political success.
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In February 2010, the penal court of Bordeaux convicted Saquina Arnaud-Khimoun for labeling Israeli products with the sticker "Boycott Apartheid Israel." The court ruled that she had "hindered the normal exercise of economic activities by making a distinction on the basis of nationality." The French anti-discrimination act of 1981 prohibits "incitment to discrimination, hatred or violence against a person or a group of persons on the basis of descent, ethnicity and nationality or the fact whether or not one belongs to a race or a religion." Arnaud-Khimoun was sentenced to a fine of €1,000 ($1,230). In October 2010, the Appeals Court of Bordeaux reaffirmed the verdict.
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 On 22 May, however, the French Cour de Cassation reaffirmed that publicly calling for the boycott of Israeli products is a case of incitement to discrimination on the basis of nationality.

This Supreme Court's ruling is in line with earlier French jurisdiction.
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While the ECHJ has upheld the French convictions, it should be noted that France is the only country in Europe where calling for a boycott of Israeli products has been prohibited. In other European countries, courts have so far not convicted BDS activities. It should also be noted that while in the United States the simple call for a boycott is protected by the First Amendment, European countries have restricted free speech and often convict people of incitement to discrimination and hatred for simply expressing their opinions about Islam. At least in France, calling for a boycott of Israeli products is treated in the same manner as would be a call for a boycott of Islamic products.

full article:
www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3164/france-p...

If you value human rights, the dignity of all people, and an end to discrimination you can thank France for this enlightened position.

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 12, 2012 - 5:04PM #2
CharikIeia
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As I understand, a general boycott of Israeli goods is quite different from the specific boycott of allegedly-Israeli good manufactured in the West Bank area, for which the label 'Made in Israel' actually is a misnomer...

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 12, 2012 - 6:42PM #3
rocketjsquirell
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Chari


1. there is no place in the world called the West Bank. The area to which I believe you are referring has been known as Judea and Samaria for well over 2,000 years.  I hardly think that 19 years of illegal Jordanian occupancy (which itself is a state which was created wholly out of territory which should have been Israeli) is sufficient to change the real name of a place.


2. Products made in Judea and Samaria are made in Israel since Israel is the one and only country with a legitimate and legally recognized claim to the land and the political entity in control of the areas in which the products are produced. Would you say that a product made in Bavaria cannot be labelled made in Germany? Unless you do, then you are a hypocrite.  


Frankly, I am sick and tired of the false claims of Arabs to Israeli lands. Israel has given up all of Jordan, the Sinai, portions of northern Israel (to Lebanon) and Gaza for the sake of achieving peace. What have the damn Arabs given up? Not one square inch. Not one square centimeter. Not one square millimeter. It is way past time for the Arabs to start making some sacrifices.


   



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