The newly assigned Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked is reportedly preparing to file lawsuits against the international BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement which caused economic, academic and worldwide damage to Israel.
According to the Times of Israel website, Ministry officials believe that legal circumstances present the option of suing activists with civil and criminal law suits for damaging Israeli trade, calling them “discriminatory and racist.”
The website added that Shaked was said to be putting together a plan of action and has already instructed that the number of positions in the international department be doubled so that it can push ahead with the program as soon as possible.
Shaked’s recent initiative is in keeping with statements made earlier this month by Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of her Jewish Home party, who said, “Let it be clear to any company or organization that’s considering boycotting us: We will hit back. We will attack our attackers. We will boycott our boycotters.
Shaked last year called on Israel killing Gaza’s children and mothers, saying that “They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists.”
Last week, The seventh Israeli channel reported fears of PA stepping up BDS activities against Israel, before filing lawsuits in the international criminal court on 25 June to hold it accountable for crimes in Gaza and the West Bank.
Walid Assaf, the chairman of the Commission Against the Wall and Settlements, said through international media that the PA will have no choice but intensify BDS against Israel on an international level, to stop settlement expansion.
During the past weeks, Israeli officials launched a war against the (BDS) movement, especially after the French telecommunications giant, Orange, announced intentions to pull out from Israel, before rescinding from its statements.
Channel Ten at the same time explained that Israel has already begun to feel the effects of the potential damage to the Israeli economy, and an Israeli official warned that the government had run out of ways to combat the BDS threat.
Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin at the end of May warned that the Palestinian push towards Boycott, Divestment and sanctions against Israel in international universities and Footbal Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was a strategic threat to Israel.
BDS calls for an international boycott of Israel based on its policies in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.
The campaign thrived after last summer’s Israeli offensive on Gaza, which killed over 2,200 Palestinians, most of them children and civilians, and injured at least 11,000 people. The aggression turned tables against Israel and exposed war crimes that were strongly condemned by international bodies, strengthening BDS.