On Wednesday, July 14th, the Israeli Parliament approved the first of
three readings of a new law. If passed, the law will make it illegal to
declare a boycott on Israel or Israeli companies, participate in a boycott,
or provide aid in the form of information to anyone who is part of the
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. The bill also penalizes the
Palestinian Authority for its decision in May to ban the use by Palestinians
of settlement products. The law even affects international citizens who
will be banned from entry into Israel for 10 years and will be effective
retroactively. Lia Tarachansky of The Real News spoke with Dalit Baum
of Who Profits and Ronnie Barkan of Boycott from Within about how their
work will become illegal if this bill passes.

Dalit Baum and Ronnie Barkan

Dr. Dalit Baum teaches gender and the global economy at the Haifa University and Beit Berl college in Israel. A feminist anti-occupation activist, she has been a co-founder of Black Laundry, the Community School for Women and the Coalition of Women for Peace. Presently, she is the project coordinator of "Who Profits from the Occupation""