Israel Bans Some Boycotters of Jewish State

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain was on the list

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain was on the list

"As the minister in charge of the Israel Entry Law, I made it perfectly clear that I would use my authority to prevent individuals and representatives of groups whose sole objective is to harm Israel and its security, from entering its borders".

The blacklist announced Sunday, which follows from that measure, identifies groups that are waging "a false propaganda campaign" and "undermining Israel's legitimacy in the world", the Interior Ministry said.

Numerous organizations on the list are affiliated with the "boycott, divestment and sanctions" movement, or BDS, which discourages the purchase of Israeli goods and pressures worldwide companies and celebrities to avoid doing business with or in Israel.

Israel's newly-published "blacklist" of NGOs whose activists are barred from entry is reminiscent of Apartheid South Africa, a legal rights group has declared.

"The boycott organizations need to know that the state of Israel will act to stop them and prevent their representatives from entering the country to harm its citizens", Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said in a statement.

"We answered the call for divestment from apartheid South Africa and we have done the same with the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions from Palestinians who have faced decades of human rights violations", said Kerri Kennedy, an AFSC official responsible for worldwide programs.

Israel's parliament passed legislation in March 2017 that would deny entry visas to people who publicly support any kind of boycott of Israel or its West Bank settlements.

"In the context of Israel and Palestine AFSC supports the the use of boycott and divestment campaigns targeting only companies that support the occupation, settlements, militarism, or any other violations of global humanitarian or human rights law".

"It really shows how vague this idea of BDS is".

After the ban, AFSC defended its position and said that it will not waiver its support for BDS.

Israel is confronting a number of groups that advocate a boycott of the Jewish State.

It's nearly as if the Israeli government was making it clear that it does not care for a peaceful solution by standing in opposition of the most peaceful of protests there are: the consumer-backed boycott of services and products provided by those who support violence and military intervention.

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