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Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz advised changing it in committee, but supports the law in principle, saying it doesn't obstruct free expression when, in fact, it does grievously.
Nonetheless, Knesset debate considered and passed it. Bill sponsor MK Ze'ev Elkin expected passage because Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein approved the current version and agreed to defend it in Israel's High Court of Justice.
On July 11, extremist Knesset members compounded opposition outrage by letting demagogic hate-monger Glenn Beck address the Aliyah and Absorption Committee, saying he showed up "to speak the truth" about efforts to delegitimize Israel.
He also claimed PA demands exacerbate anti-Semitism that's "going through the roof," when American and European studies show it in steep decline. Notably, he once told his Fox News viewers:
"I say on the air all the time. If you take what I say as gospel, you're an idiot."
So are extremist MKs who invited him, making themselves resemble Beck clones.
The Bill's English Translation Text
Proposed Bill to Prevent Harm to the State of Israel by Means of Boycott
27 June 2011
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