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Israeli groups to challenge boycott law in court

Israeli groups to challenge boycott law in court

Israeli rights groups say they'll ask the country's Supreme Court to quash a new law that bans boycotting Jewish West Bank settlements.
Critics see the legislation as the government's latest attempt to crush dissent.
A spokeswoman for the rights groups, Tamara Traubmann, said on Tuesday they would submit their petition to the high court within the coming week.
The new law lets settlers or settlement-based businesses sue Israelis who promote settlement boycotts. Courts would determine whether a boycott caused direct damage and if so, assess damages.
The law was approved on Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line coalition. Netanyahu and several other leading members of his Cabinet were not present for the vote.