Knesset Member: Boycott British Goods

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Thirty-nine Israeli parliamentarians signed a petition calling on the British government to rescind its recommendation that retailers label products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

"We hope there will not be a need for additional action to demonstrate the severity with which we view the recommendation, which amounts to encouraging a de facto boycott of Israeli goods," the petition stated, asserting that it "casts a shadow on the economic cooperation between citizens of the countries."

Kadima MK Ronit Tirosh called on Israelis to boycott British-made goods if the government doesn't retract its position. Tirosh also recommended that Israeli officials avoid using British Airways.

Meanwhile, in response to the arrest warrant issued against Tzipi Livni earlier this week, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband initiated a process to amend the law that allows judges to issue arrest warrants for Israeli officials, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

According to the report, the amended law would add certain safeguards, such as requiring the attorney general to approve the warrant before an arrest could be carried out.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Gordan Brown told Livni by phone that he opposed the warrant issued against her and she was welcome to visit England whenever she wished.

Pro-Palestinian groups were quick to decry any efforts to amend the law.

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