Will the French Anti-Boycott Law Lead to a Pan-European Law?

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Freddy Eytan - France's supreme appellate court on Oct. 27, 2015, established unequivocally that promoting the boycott of the Jewish state is a hate crime and entails incitement to discrimination. It upheld the conviction of all those who took part in planning and perpetrating acts of vandalism at a supermarket of the Carrefour chain near Mulhouse in the Alsace region in 2009 and 2010, throwing all Israeli products on the floor and emptying the shelves in the kosher products section. The activists were fined a cumulative sum of 12,000 euros. It is now all the more vital to work for the adoption of the French law by other European countries, such as Britain. Whoever fights anti-Semitism and racism must condemn the ugly phenomenon of the boycott in all its domains - economic, cultural, and academic. Attempts to glorify the boycott of Israel should not only be denounced but also severely punished in a deterrent fashion. Amb. Freddy Eytan, a former Foreign Ministry senior advisor, heads the Israel-Europe Project at the Jerusalem Center.

2015-11-13 00:00:00

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