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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 877, December 1st, 2017: A recent law has been used to deny entry to activists calling for a boycott of Israel

Publication date : 2017-12-01

A 20-member French delegation, which reportedly includes members of the European Parliament and mayors, was planning to enter Israel next week in a bid to visit imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti. However, the Israeli government announced on Monday that seven members of the delegation would not be allowed into the country. Israel amended its entry law in March, allowing Israeli authorities to deny entry visas to activists who support boycotting Israel or its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank .


A recent law has been used to deny entry to activists calling for a boycott of Israel

A 20-member French delegation, which reportedly includes members of the European Parliament and mayors, was planning to enter Israel next week in a bid to visit imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti. However, the Israeli government announced on Monday that seven members of the delegation would not be allowed into the country. Israel amended its entry law in March, allowing Israeli authorities to deny entry visas to activists who support boycotting Israel or its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Israel has used the law to deny entry to a string activists in the recent months The Association for Civil Rights in Israel said on Tuesday the denial of entry visas for individuals calling for a boycott of Israel was "contrary to democratic principles". "It places a political position as a consideration for preventing the entry of foreigners into Israel and the occupied territories. Those who want to enter Israel certainly do not have to align themselves with the current government's position on the issue of the occupation," the group said in a statement. "Freedom of expression is not only the right to express oneself, but also the right to be exposed to opinions, even to opinions that anger the majority in Israel," it added.

The BDS movement is a Palestinian-led nonviolent campaign aimed at pressuring Israel to adhere to international law and to grant equal rights for Palestinians. Israel has attempted to stamp out the movement for years. Israeli daily Haaretz identified those being barred from entering Israel as European Parliament members Pascal Durand and Patrick Le Hyaric; French MP Clementine Autain; mayors Azzedine Taibi, Eric Roulot and Patrice Leclerc; and Head of the French Communist Party Pierre Laurent.

Adapted from ttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/groups-decry-israel-entry-ban-french-officials-171114174144170.html

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