Panel discusses ‘proposal’ to amend law on Israel boycott

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Parliamentary committee to prepare report

KUWAIT CITY, June 28: The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday continued its discussions on the proposals submitted to amend some provisions of Law No. 21/1964 regarding the unified law for boycotting Israel, which was approved in principle by the parliament in a special session held on May 27, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In this regard, parliamentary sources said the government side affirmed its adherence to the 1964 law regarding the prohibition of normalization with the Zionist entity, and considered it sufficient without the need to amend it. They indicated that the committee will prepare its report on the law and its amendments which will be submitted to the parliament, and that the final opinion in this regard will be of the latter. During the 27th session in May, the parliament had unanimously approved in principle the proposal of a law to amend some provisions of Law No. 21/1964 regarding the unified law for boycotting Israel, and referred it to the relevant committee for redrafting.

The proposed law prohibits all forms of dealing, normalization of ties, and conclusion of any agreements, protocols, and meetings of any nature with the Zionist entity or any its organizations around the world either directly or indirectly. It prohibits citizens and residents from sympathizing, participating, or calling for dealing or normalization through any means or insinuation that calls for cooperation, communication, contact, participation, or dealing with the Zionist entity and its organizations. It criminalizes travel to Israel either with a passport or without a passport, as well as all kinds of support, glorification, promotion or propaganda for any cultural, media, religious, social and other business transactions under any other name in covert or explicit dealings with the Zionist entity by any means. The proposed law punishes those who violate its provisions with imprisonment for a period between one year and three years and/or a fine of maximum KD 5,000.

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