A pro-Israel group has lost its legal action against three local authorities who passed resolutions in support of the Palestinians.
Todayâs High Court, inÂ London, ruling in favor of three councils which have boycotted Israeli settlement goods has been hailed as a âvictory for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign and for democracyâ, according to the PNN.
The landmark ruling is also a rejection of the governmentâs attempts, in February, to stop councils from adopting ethical procurement and investment policies by implying that legal action could be brought successfully against them.
Sara Apps, interim Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), said:
âTodayâs High Court ruling is an important victory for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and for democracy itself. Councils have been told categorically by the High Court that there is nothing unlawful in ethically boycotting Israeli settlement goods, and PSC welcomes this ruling.
âThe UK governmentâs attempts to intimidate local councils into dropping ethical procurement and investment policies clearly have no legal basis. Councils can legally adopt policies which avoid or end links with Israelâs illegal settlements.
âWe applaud Leicester, Swansea and Gwynedd councils for standing up for their democratic right to free speech, and we look forward to working alongside them and other councils who choose to adopt policies in support of Palestinian human rights.â
The case against Leicester, Swansea and Gwynedd city councils was brought by Jewish Human Rights Watch, which has been ordered to pay the legal costs of all three councils.
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)