This article belongs to Travelwise column.

Travelwise advises that it recommends people avoid travelling to Israel for both business and leisure purposes.

The recommendation comes after mainly EU private and corporate international boycotts became effective in recent days the reasons for such boycotts being Israel's continued flouting of international law as well as its continuing human rights abuses.

The boycotts appear to be large-scale and, if effective, they may cause a substantial amount of discontent within the Israeli community thus increasing the risk of visitors becoming involved in localised difficulties, especially near and within the illegally occupied territories.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Do not travel to Israel and avoid flying El-Al airlines.

Henk Luf.