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Queen's Speech: Is the UK moving closer to Israel under Boris with new 'anti-BDS law'?

After the usual display of pomp and pageantry that marks the annual Queen's Speech on Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his government's plans for the coming year.

Among the priorities announced by the government was planned legislation aimed at curbing the activities of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a grassroots pro-Palestine campaign that has taken university campuses and trade unions by storm across the UK and beyond.

"We will stop public institutions from imposing their own approach or views about international relations, through preventing boycotts, divestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries and those who trade with them," a government briefing on the Queen's Speech said on Thursday.

"The UK Government is responsible for foreign relations and determining the best way to interact with its international neighbours... Public institutions should not be pursuing their own foreign policy agenda with public money."

If there was any ambiguity here, other points made it clearer who the legislation was aimed at.

"There are concerns that such boycotts have legitimised antisemitism, such as Jewish films being censored and Jewish university societies being threatened with bans," it claimed.

The Conservative Party landslide General Election last Thursday coincided with allegations of anti-semitism within the opposition Labour Party featuring prominently in debates

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS, from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

I'm gobsmacked, at the audacity of such potential legislation, where freedom of speech is curtailed when you are criticising the actions of a country, not a faith tradition per se.

To conflate the two, that the Jewish religion is the same as the Israeli government, is walking down a terribly dangerous road, in terms of where such legislation may lead; think, "Thought Police", from the Tom Cruz blockbuster, "Minority Report"; it is sometimes terrifying to see how quickly science fiction melds its way into science fact.

I would like to suggest that criticising the government of Israel, when it does something morally wrong, (particularly against Palestinians) is something which should be done, in the most logical, fact-based way possible; but to say that "boycotts have legitimized antisemitism" is an outright lie.

BDS only hurts wallets, and is a completely peaceful way of focusing attention on negative actions by the Israeli government and its agencies.

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