Greatest Threat to Free Speech in the West: Criminalizing Activism Against Israeli Occupation – Glen Greenwald & Andrew Fishman

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Greatest Threat to Free Speech in the West: Criminalizing Activism Against Israeli Occupation

​Glen Greenwald, Andrew Fishman

The Intercept – Feb. 16, 2016​

The UK Government today announced that it is now illegal for “local [city] councils, public bodies and even some university student unions . . . to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products or Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.” Thus, any entities that support or participate in the global boycott of Israeli settlements will face “severe penalties” under the criminal law.

This may sound like an extreme infringement of free speech and political activism –  and of course it is – but it is far from unusual in the west. The opposite is now true. There is a very coordinated and well-financed campaign led by Israel and its supporters literally to criminalize political activism…

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