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Israel Bans Some Boycotters of Jewish State

09 January 2018, 02:11 | Myrtle Vega

Israel Bans Some Boycotters of Jewish State

18 groups that advocate boycotting Israel will now be denied entry

Members of 18 global organizations that promote a boycott campaign of Israel, known collectively as the BDS movement, will be banned from entering the country, according to a list published Sunday by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.

BDS stands for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Israel's blacklist includes: the France-Palestine Solidarity Association, the British War on Want, BDS France and Italy, the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, the Friends of Al-Aqsa, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the American Friends Service Committee, the American Muslims for Palestine, the Jewish Voice for Peace, the Code Pink and the National Students for Justice in Palestine.

Israel on Sunday banned representatives of 20 NGOs working in the country from its territory due to their support for a campaign opposed to the occupation of Palestine.

The project will work to counter BDS pressure applied to artists, performers, and commercial enterprises not to engage with Israel.

"The UK government must condemn this latest crackdown on human rights defenders". Most recently, pop singer Lorde joined a number of other performers who have canceled performances in Israel amid pressure from BDS activists.

The blacklist names groups from the U.S., Europe, Chile and South Africa.

A man protesting against Israel in Melbourne Australia
A man protesting against Israel in Melbourne Australia

The leaders of those groups will not be allowed to enter 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.

Supporters of the movement say the tactics are a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause, while Israel says the campaign goes beyond fighting its occupation of territory Palestinians claim for their state and often masks a more far-reaching aim to delegitimize or destroy the nation of Israel.

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.

The law doesn't target political criticism of Israel, but only those who take "material action" to harm it by advocating boycotts, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said in a press statement.

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.

"Forming a list is another step in our campaign against the false propaganda of boycott organizations", Erdan said.

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