Israel Bans 20 Organizations from Entry for Promoting Boycott of Country

Randolph Lopez
January 9, 2018

"The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens". It includes the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and War on Want. 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.

The list, in particular, includes such entities as Jewish Voice for Peace, France Association Palestine Solidarity, BDS France, BDS Italy, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine and BDS South Africa.

Rehman urged the British government to condemn "this latest crackdown on human rights defenders" through measures such as the "suspension of trade ties with Israel, including the arms trade".

Israel is investing increasing resources to fight the movement, which it says represents a threat to its character as a Jewish state.

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". "Such attempts to silence human rights defenders through blacklisting and targeted harassment failed then as they will now".

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The representatives of various United Kingdom -based non-profit organizations reacted on Monday to a recent ban on their members from entering Israel.

The US-based Jewish Voice for Peace, which was also blacklisted, said in a Facebook post: "Israel's decision to specifically ban JVP is disconcerting but not surprising, given the further erosion of democratic norms and rising anxiety about the power of BDS as a tool to demand freedom". It said "central figures in key boycott organisations" risked being prevented entry.

The organisations were singled out by Israel's rightwing strategic affairs and public security minister, Gilad Erdan, for advocating boycotts of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. "The creation of this list is another step in our struggle against the incitement and lies of the boycott organizations". "The organizations' activities are carried out through a false propaganda campaign aimed at undermining Israel's legitimacy in the world".

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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