UK to advance anti-BDS legislation

The UK is reportedly planning to legally challenge any organization which supports a movement to boycott Israel.

Reports say that Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock will announce the new proposed regulations this week during a trip to Israel.

According to a report in The Sunday Times, Hancock said such boycotts were divisive, potentially damaging to the UK’s relationship with Israel and risked fueling anti-Semitism. The report stated that the regulations will allow Britain to act against organizations that impose boycotts and make it easier to take them to court.

The new regulations follow a December 2014 decision by councilors in Leicester, one of Britain’s largest local authorities, condemning Israel’s actions in Gaza and voting to boycott goods from the settlements.

Under the regulations, any organization which backs the campaign, dubbed Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS), would likely be taken to court.

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