Canada denies it will criminalize boycotts of Israel

The Canadian government has denied a report that it is considering criminalizing boycotts of Israel.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp’s website earlier this week posted a story saying Ottawa “is signaling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel,” saying such a move “could target a range of civil society organizations.”

The report came after CBC reporter Neil Macdonald asked the government what it meant by earlier statements that it would show “zero tolerance” for those who promote boycotts of Israel…

Honest Reporting, a media monitoring group, wrote that Macdonald’s “animus against Israel is well-known.”

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