Ban the boy­cotters

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

The con­trast be­tween the two party con­fer­ences — and the two par­ties — could not now be greater. On the eve of the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence, Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Greg Clark an­nounced leg­is­la­tion to stop lo­cal coun­cils im­pos­ing po­lit­i­cally-mo­ti­vated boy­cotts of Is­rael. The week be­fore, Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn could not even bring him­self to ut­ter the word Is­rael. Labour’s many gen­uine friends of Is­rael must be in de­spair. Not only do they now have a party leader who is one of the lead­ers of the cam­paign for such a boy­cott; they are faced by a gov­ern­ing party that does the ex­act op­po­site. We will have to see whether the ac­tual changes to the law, when they are brought for­ward, match the claims of the an­nounce­ment by Mr Clark. But the mere fact that the gov­ern­ment takes the is­sue of BDS se­ri­ously is more than just en­cour­ag­ing. It shows that, for all the huff­ing, the ad­vo­cates of a boy­cott are not only not win­ning the ar­gu­ment; they are also be­ing ex­posed for what they re­ally are, as ped­dlers of a pol­icy that is an­tisemitic both in prac­tice and in­ten­tion.

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