Communist Arab party Hadash is likely to be included on a list of parties denied financing under a revolutionary anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) bill, according to the party's guidelines.
Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman introduced the bill Thursday. The law would strip political parties of government funding if they supported boycotts of any Israeli products, including those from Judea and Samaria. The bill would also halt funding for day-to-day operations for parties that are already in the Knesset.
Hadash is one of these parties, as it recently released a press release entitled, "Boycott – Legitimate Civil Resistance."
"Hadash welcomes the international boycott of companies that operate in settlements in the occupied territories, and considers the ban a legitimate form of civil resistance," the release states. "[Hadash] welcomes all expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people and its just struggle – including a ban on commercial companies involved in the occupation and violation of the rights of the Palestinian people, which is a form of legitimate civil resistance."
Hadash also called on "all nations of the world, unions and trade unions, to intensify the fight for a just peace in the region, based on respect for the rights of nations and cease all injustices, oppression and racism."
Hadash's aims are more wide-ranging than that of leftist Meretz, whose boycott relates more, ostensibly, to the power of the consumer to make decisions over the origins of Israeli products. Hadash, by contrast, relates to the boycott movement as a means of affecting "not only products produced in the settlements, but the entire economic system […] of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem."
Hadash is part of the Arab Joint List, along with United Arab List (UAL – Ra'am-Ta'al) and Balad.