France’s National Assembly has voted to recognise the State of Palestine. The proposal — raised by the ruling Socialist Party — was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against. The vote follows similar recent votes in Britain, Ireland and Spain.
On the night of July 11th, the Israeli parliament passed the controversial anti-boycott law. The law was written in response to the mounting global movement of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (or BDS) against Israel and profits from its settlements and industry in the occupied West Bank. The Boycott movement began as a mass Palestinian civil society call, and has been supported from the beginning by some Israelis. The new law bans them from publicly calling for a boycott, classifying it a civil wrong.