PMR Issue 15, February 2012

In recent years, restrictions on political freedoms and freedom of expression and belief have vastly expanded in Israel. Though most of the restrictions on political space have been directed at Arab parties and citizens, in recent months such restrictions have affected all political opinions that do not adhere to the dominant Israeli consensus. Among those affected most by these restrictions are the voices calling for the imposition of political sanctions on Israel; calls for boycotts against Israel, its settlements, and their products in the West Bank; and those advocating for academic and cultural boycotts. There is also an attempt to silence what is left of left-wing democratic voices, especially non-governmental associations and organizations that advocate for human rights and hence are considered “disruptive” in the eyes of the Zionist consensus. In addition, the right-wing has attempted to influence the judiciary system especially the Supreme Court by politicizing the process of appointing judges and subjecting them to political criteria and a principles test administered by the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee in the Knesset. Despite the Supreme Court's commitment to the division of power between institutions, it still adopts the national security discourse in Israel and plays by the rules of this game. Nonetheless, the right-wing conservative stream still considers the Supreme Court a liberal institution that needs to be subjugated like all the other authorities in Israel to the “New Zionist” discourse…

Other topics discussed include:

  •     Legislative Developments
  •     Private and Public Forms of Discrimination
  •     Public Opinion Polls

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