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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Please explain to me how it forces individuals to purchase Israeli goods
    If it is illegal to boycott those goods it means we should purchase them.
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    *****y move by the government. In fairness, they have no idea what they're doing so are bound to make undemocratic decisions like this.
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    (Original post by ellie0497)
    This is so stupid. It is to essentially force people to buy Israeli goods.
    This law is to ban public bodies (ie not individuals or private companies) from boycotting on the basis of nationality. Not just Israel. So you're not being forced to do anything.
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    (Original post by ellie0497)
    If it is illegal to boycott those goods it means we should purchase them.
    But it is not illegal for individuals to boycott the goods

    You can support Palestine to your heart's (and Allah's (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)) content
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    But it is not illegal for individuals to boycott the goods

    You can support Palestine to your heart's (and Allah's) content
    I don't boycott Israeli goods personally but I misunderstood it.
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    (Original post by KimKallstrom)
    This law is to ban public bodies (ie not individuals or private companies) from boycotting on the basis of nationality. Not just Israel.
    But just countries signed up to the World Trade Organisation government procurement agreement. So it's far from some universalist anti-discrimination law, even leaving aside the bogus essentialist state-ethnicity relationship assumed.
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    (Original post by ellie0497)
    I don't boycott Israeli goods personally but I misunderstood it.
    Yes, I gathered that

    People have a tendency to read titles only, rather than the text, which makes them very susceptible to the manipulation of the media

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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Yes, I gathered that

    People have a tendency to read titles only, rather than the text, which makes them very susceptible to the manipulation of the media

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    That's a summary of my life
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    I hope this isn't fake. Banning israeli goods is no different to a white power university social club banning black people from class, and the university listening because not to do so would be "offensive" to the white power club.
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    (Original post by ellie0497)
    That's a summary of my life
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    (Original post by KimKallstrom)
    This Israeli good news
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    (Original post by GoldenFang)
    (1) It is absolutely fair to hold local authorities, universities etc to the law; that is, you can't discriminate based on national origin.
    So do you hold that it would be wrong to boycott any state ever?

    Besides which this law will also ban boycotts of settlement products. And far from applies to all countries, only those signed up to a particular WTO agreement.
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    I just went on the BSD movement website and my gut feeling was right. The movement is useless, they provide no alternatives to the Israeli goods they want us to boycott. I think the movement is a good idea, the problem is the execution and lack of real resources.

    Also, doesn't Israel produce a lot of scientific and technological products for the west, are we going to start boycotting technology too?
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    (Original post by novabolt)
    I just went on the BSD movement website and my gut feeling was right. The movement is useless, they provide no alternatives to the Israeli goods they want us to boycott. I think the movement is a good idea, the problem is the execution and lack of real resources.
    I guess they've got their hands full trying to ban American Jews (American, not even Israeli) from performing in Spanish music festivals.................
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    (Original post by the bear)
    but Uzis are the best SMGs
    if you would actually had one of them in your hands, you wouldn't BS like that
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    (Original post by ellie0497)
    If it is illegal to boycott those goods it means we should purchase them.
    No it doesn't, it just means the businesses cannot boycott them. They're not putting a gun to your head and making you buy them. You can still choose not to buy them.
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    (Original post by thunder_chunky)
    No it doesn't, it just means the businesses cannot boycott them. They're not putting a gun to your head and making you buy them. You can still choose not to buy them.
    Actually, it is. Generally speaking, councils operate with some degree of autonomy based on the wishes of the local population. This strips this degree of local autonomy. This is very relevant for student unions. It limits your ability to engage in a personal boycott by removing some of your ability to boycott via your vote.

    (Original post by XMaramena)
    I hope this isn't fake. Banning israeli goods is no different to a white power university social club banning black people from class, and the university listening because not to do so would be "offensive" to the white power club.
    Or refusing to buy halal meat is the same as banning all arabs.
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    (Original post by Farm_Ecology)
    Actually, it is. Generally speaking, councils operate with some degree of autonomy based on the wishes of the local population. This strips this degree of local autonomy. This is very relevant for student unions. It limits your ability to engage in a personal boycott by removing some of your ability to boycott via your vote.
    No one is being forced to actually buy the product though. This doesn't mean that people are being forced to choose these products and hand over their well earned money for it. I can't think of anything that Israel exports to us that is so essential that we can't find it from any other source as an alternative.
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    (Original post by anarchism101)
    So do you hold that it would be wrong to boycott any state ever?
    It depends. If, for example, you propose to ban an Israeli academic from your conference or ban an Israeli filmmaker from your festival simply because they are Israeli (which is what BDS proposes), then that is clearly unlawful discrimination and bigoted to boot.

    If you, as an individual, want to decline to buy a product because it is from a settlement then that is fine, I personally want the settlements to end and that would not be discrimination based on national origin. But applying that to all Israelis clearly is.
 
 
 
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