Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) has declared its support of an international boycott of companies operating in the occupied West Bank, announcing that it regards such an action as a legitimate form of civil resistance to the occupation there.
In an official statement released on Tuesday, June 9, Hadash’s bureau, its top institution, said the front “welcomes all expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people in its just struggle, including boycotting commercial enterprises that are involved in the occupation and in violation of the Palestinian people’s rights, since this is a legitimate manner of civil resistance. Hadash calls on all nations of the world, on associations and labor unions, to intensify the struggle for a just peace in the region, based on respect for the rights of its peoples and on cessation of all acts of injustice, repression and racism.”
Along with the United Arab List, Balad, and Ta’al parties, Hadash is part of the Joint List in the Knesset, formed to contend in the general elections held in March of this year. The announcement by Hadash in support of the boycott came amidst a drive by the European Union to adopt a policy of labeling all products from West Bank Israeli settlements.