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[personal profile] eumelia
My speech (which, no matter what people say, has never been absolutely free) has been curtailed in a frightening way.

I cannot tell you which companies not to buy from, because I could get sued and fined (but not confined) for it.

The "anti-Boycott" law which passed last week in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament stipulates that it is a civil wrong (not a criminal offence) to call for a boycott on Israeli made, well, anything.

It is meant to protect Settlement made goods from the West Bank from financial loss.

In effect, it punishes people from doing the most non-violent action possible, asking people to be conciousness consumers.

I am not telling you to boycott, because that would open me up for law suits that could sue me for more money that I've got, due to hypothetical financial loss.

If ever there was a time for you to learn about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction campaign and movement, it is now.

But, well, I can't tell you what you should do regarding that.

Date: 2011-07-18 10:18 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
My first reaction: speechless.

My second: what staggering stupidity.

Date: 2011-07-18 10:20 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
How revolting. Is it easier for them to make civil law than criminal law, or is that just a neat dodge so it's not their responsibility when companies go after citizens?

Date: 2011-07-18 10:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bellakara
I'm sorry to hear that - I think that law is appalling.

Date: 2011-07-18 10:43 am (UTC)
amadi: A blue star of David on a white background with the legend Nice Jewish Girl Against the Occupation across it (Palestinian Occupation)
From: [personal profile] amadi
I cannot begin to understand it. I cannot begin to imagine how this has come to pass. It's just beyond.

Date: 2011-07-18 11:02 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
Is this a case of follow specific money or just the basic game of "prop up the apartheid at all costs?"

Date: 2011-07-18 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] amethystfirefly
How absolutely horrifying.

Date: 2011-07-18 05:14 pm (UTC)
onceamy: Nothing special; just a pixelated rainbow. (Default)
From: [personal profile] onceamy
That's seriously fucked up.

I wish there were something I could do.

Date: 2011-07-18 05:26 pm (UTC)
ajnabieh: The text "My Marxist feminist dialective brings all the boys to the yard."   (awda times square)
From: [personal profile] ajnabieh
I am just...I'm in that place where I am horrified and confused simultaneously, because this law makes no sense, in addition to being awful. I don't even know.

I'm going to be sharing this on Twitter, fyi--just because your writing here captures the paradox this puts anti-occupation Israelis into so perfectly. Much solidarity.

Date: 2011-07-19 04:50 am (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
Such things as those are better suited to tinpot dictators than the supposed "only democracy worth doing anything about" that Israel is constantly portrayed as in the United States.

It's also rather scary, as the government is basically allowing corporations to do the thing that they would rightly be blistered for should they forbid it as a matter of criminal law.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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