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Uploaded on Jul 14, 2011
A wave of criticism is gathering momentum in Israel over a new bill, that outlaws the boycott of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory. Opposition parties have called the law an attempt by a weakened government to silence the people. One peace movement has petitioned the Supreme court against the bill. Prime Minister Netanyahu faced a stormy session in the Knesset on Wednesday as he was himself forced to defend the law, as some members staged a protest walk out. The legislation imposes fines on boycott organisers, and allows settlers to sue them for compensation. It has pushed the already distant possibility of peace talks with the Palestinians - even further. That's the view of Hillel Ben Sasson, a spokesperson for the Sheikh Jarra Solidarity Movement.