Palestinians dismayed by UK plan to stop local councils boycotting Israeli settlements

Palestinian leaders have attacked the British government’s new policy to prevent local councils from boycotting Israeli settlements, accusing the UK of “defending Israel’s occupation” of the Palestinian territories.

The policy prevents local councils, NHS trusts and other public bodies from initiating their own boycotts, for example refusing to buy products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The government argues that such boycotts can “fuel anti-semitism” and amount to local bodies formulating their own “damaging and counter-productive” foreign policies.