Israel publishes list of BDS-linked groups banned from entry

09 January, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Phil Peters
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Israel on Sunday identified 20 activist groups from around the world whose members will be banned from entering the country over their calls to boycott the Jewish state, stepping up its fight against a movement it views as a serious threat.

The BDS Movement attempts to delegitimize and isolate Israel in an effort to advance Palestinian interests.

The NGOs on the banned list include the Paris-based Association France Palestine Solidarite, British charity War on Want, and the American Friends Service Committee - a Nobel Peace Prize-winning US Quaker organization.

The BDS campaign encourages people to boycott Israel, urges universities and other organizations to divest from the country, and calls for worldwide sanctions until Tel Aviv complies with global law with respect to Palestinians and withdraws from Palestinian land. It includes the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and War on Want.

"The boycott organisations must know that the state of Israel will act against them", Erdan said in a statement.

"The UK government must condemn this latest crackdown on human rights defenders".

18 groups that advocate boycotting Israel will now be denied entry
Israel publishes list of BDS-linked groups banned from entry

Hassan Jabareen, general director of Adalah, which provides legal aid for Arabs, compared the ban to South Africa's apartheid regime, where they "prepared blacklists in order to punish people and prevent the entry of those opposed to its racist policies". Despite a French High Court ruling in October 2016 that the BDS campaign incites hatred and discrimination, the AFPS maintains a website page promoting the boycott of Israel.

Not every person who is a member of such an organization or who has expressed support for such an organization would be barred from entering Israel.

"Hugh Lanning, the chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: "[The campaign] should be a wake-up call for the United Kingdom government and all those who continue to describe Israel as a normal, liberal democracy.

"That is why the leaders of the world's democracies have joined Israel in rejecting this campaign", Erdan said. Only states that wish to protect their ability to act unjustly behave in this way. "No country would allow visitors who come to harm the country to enter it, and certainly when the goal is to destroy Israel as a Jewish state".

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs published the list after deciding together with the Ministry of Interior back in back in March, 2017 that entry to Israel would be denied to individuals associated with the listed organizations.

In the years since its formation, the BDS movement has persuaded several church organizations to divest themselves of Israel-related investments and has garnered support on US college campuses.

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