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Israel's Knesset Passes Boycott Prohibition Bill

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-- refusing to recognize Israel's status as a democratic Jewish state.

It also expects Palestinians and Israeli Arabs to accept their lost land, other property, and resources, while buying settlement products and services from Israelis who robbed them.

Moreover, EU 1995 and 1997 Israeli and PLO agreements respectively make member states Prohibition Bill violators for defining Israel as its own territory, and Palestine as the West Bank and Gaza.

EU Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalon, in fact, believes the UN's 1947 petition plan defined Israel's borders, giving Jews 56% of the land, Palestinians 42%, the other 2% (including Jerusalem) under internationalized trusteeship. 

Israel's Boycott Bill criminalizes support for these definitions and advocacy if enforcement follows. As a result, European Parliament members expressed support for others opposed to this measure.

Nonetheless, Haaretz writer Lis first said "(t)he governing coalition is expected to" back it. Indeed they have.

At the same time, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin decided Sunday to consider postponing a Knesset vote if Legal Advisor Yinon's Monday criticism includes disturbing reasons to do so. 

Now out, he said parts of the measure edge toward "illegality and perhaps beyond," warning also that the bill "damages the core of freedom of expression in Israel."

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