Israel Releases Blacklist Of 20 'Boycott' Groups

Marie Harrington
January 9, 2018

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS-As part of a renewed effort to fight the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanctions) movement, Israel's strategic affairs ministry has listed around 20 groups that are part of the movement and will work with the Ministry of the Interior to block members of these groups from entering Israel.

Members of the organizations from Europe, the United States, Latin America and a group from South Africa will be banned from visiting the country, the Haaretz newspaper reported, citing the so-called BDS blacklist.

One such organization included in the list is the American Friends Service Committee, an organization honored with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for its assistance in aid for victims of Nazis.

"By waging an all-out intelligence, propaganda and legal war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning global human rights organizations and advocates from entry, Israel's desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring", Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of BDS, told the Washington Post.

He added that Israel has "moved from defense to offense, the boycott organizations should know that the Jewish state will act against them and will not allow them to enter it to harm its citizens".

Supporters of BDS say a boycott will incentivize Israel to come to the negotiating table with Palestinians.

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Hassan Jabareen, general director of Adalah - The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, described the move as "reminiscent of South Africa's apartheid regime which also prepared blacklists in order to punish people and prevent the entry of those opposed to its racist policies". The movement has, predictably, caused anxiety among Israelis.

A statement by Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry said those who have carried out "significant, ongoing and consistent harm to Israel through advocating boycotts may be considered to have their entry barred".

"That is why the leaders of the world's democracies have joined Israel in rejecting this campaign", Erdan said.

"I believe that BDS leads to increasing hatred", his office quoted him as saying in English.

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes as Palestinians call for a "day of rage" in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 8, 2017.

"The state of Israel will prevent groups working to undermine its security and core interests from entering Israel".

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