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MK Tibi breaks Boycott Law on trip to Canada (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 04/17/12) Source: http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=266368
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MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta´al) "tested" the Boycott Law, calling for Canadians not to buy settlement products on Monday night. Soon after, Israel Beiteinu called for a counter-boycott – of Tibi.
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"Settlements are a cancer spreading all over Palestinian land, and cancer should be treated and eradicated," Tibi said in Ottawa. "I am talking about a peaceful and non-violent way by not buying or selling or dealing in these products from these settlements."
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The UAL-Ta´al MK explained that many Canadian governments have expressed disapproval of settlement construction, but they are not willing to differentiate between "products coming from settlements and products coming from Israel."
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The current Canadian government, led by the Conservative party, has argued that those who advocate settlement boycotts are delegitimizing Israel´s right to exist, and removed funding from NGOs that do so.
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According to Canadian news agency Postmedia, Tibi was aware that his words break the Boycott Law, which allows citizens to bring civil suits against persons and organizations that call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts against Israel, Israeli institutions or regions under Israeli control. It also prevents the government from doing business with companies that initiate or comply with such boycotts.
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"I am willing to test this immoral law trying to prevent me, as a member of the Parliament, from expressing my views against the settlements in a peaceful way," he said.
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On Tuesday morning, Israel Beiteinu Anglos began a social media campaign against Tibi.
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"It is about time we boycott Tibi," the party spokesman wrote on the Israel Beiteinu Anglos Facebook Timeline. "He accepts the taxes of those brave Israelis who live over the ´Green Line´ and then calls to boycott them."
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According to Israel Beiteinu, if Tibi had integrity, he would give up his salary, car, and other MK benefits, because they are paid for by Israeli citizens, regardless of where they reside.
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On Twitter, Israel Beiteinu Anglos encouraged its followers to "Tweet Ahmed Tibi and remind him he is a hypocrite if he takes one more shekel from Israeli taxpayers after calling for a boycott." (© 1995- 2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/17/12)
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