Local democracy under attack

15 September 2016 - 4:45pm
Press release

In response to the report in The Daily Telegraph (‘Councils face ban on using public funds to boycott Israel’  13 September 2016 by Christopher Hope) suggesting that a ban – which requires new legislation in Parliament – will be introduced in November to stop Councils using public funds to boycott Israel, Ryvka Barnard, Senior Militarism and Security Campaigner War on Want, said:

“If such a ban goes ahead, it is a clear attempt to clamp down on the growing power of the grassroots boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement which aims to end government and corporate complicity with Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

“A ban on local councils being able to decide how to invest their members' pension funds is a very serious threat and completely anti-democratic. Thousands of people have opposed a ban as an attack on local democracy.”

Notes

For further information or interviews, contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550728

War on Want’s campaign to ‘Protect Local Democracy’ has been endorsed by Campaign Against Arms Trade, Community Reinvest, 350.org, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Global Justice Now, Conscience and Platform. Over 26,000 people have responded to the government consultation, rejecting plans to block local councils from deciding how to invest their members' pension funds. http://www.waronwant.org/media/massive-public-response-government-crackd...

War on Want Q&A: What does the government's 'boycott ban' really mean?

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