Anti-boy­cott pro­pos­als wel­comed

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

NEW MEA­SURES to pre­vent British coun­cils from boy­cotting Israel have been an­nounced by Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid.

The move aims to stop coun­cils from in­tro­duc­ing re­stric­tions on the com­pa­nies they use — with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on boy­cotts of goods from Israel.

Un­der the plan, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties would be re­quired by law to treat sup­pli­ers fairly and in line with the British gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies.

Mr Javid said: “No coun­cil should be boy­cotting any com­pany or coun­try un­nec­es­sar­ily.

“We will clam­p­down on th­ese in­ap­pro­pri­ate and need­less boy­cotts once and for all.”

A Board of Deputies spokesman said: “We warmly wel­come the gov­ern­ment’s mea­sures to pre­vent town hall boy­cotts against Israel.Th­ese boy­cotts are di­vi­sive and un­der­mine good com­mu­nity re­la­tions.”

Rules were in­tro­duced last year which pre­vented coun­cils from us­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment pen­sion poli­cies to in­tro­duce boy­cotts.

Cabi­net Of­fice guid­ance was also in­tro­duced in Fe­bru­ary 2016 on the pro­cure­ment of goods and ser­vices by pub­lic bod­ies.

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