Israel is seeking to impose “financial sanctions” on Amnesty International over the rights group’s call for the boycott of products made in Israeli settlements.
According to Israel Hayom newspaper, the regime’s Finance Ministry planned to impose the sanctions on the organization’s Israel branch for upholding the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and violating an Israeli law against the movement.
Amnesty International has recently urged a global ban on the imports of Israeli products from East Jerusalem al-Quds and elsewhere in the West Bank.
“The international community must ban the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and put an end to the multi-million-dollar profits that have fueled mass human rights violations against Palestinians,” Amnesty International’s Secretary-General Salil Shetty said on June 7.
“It’s time for states to take concrete international action to stop the financing of settlements, which themselves flagrantly violate international law and constitute war crimes,” he said.
Back in July, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon vowed to do everything he can to punish Amnesty International over its anti-Israeli campaign.
The Britain-based rights group has not commented on the report.
“We expect that in a legal case as important as this, the Finance Ministry will send a formal, orderly request based on established rules, at which point we will issue a response,” a spokesperson for the rights group said in a statement.