Local

Israel Bans 20 Groups Affiliated With BDS From Entering The Country

Israel on Sunday identified 20 activist groups from around the world whose members will be banned from entering the country over their calls to boycott the Jewish state, stepping up its fight against a movement it views as a serious threat.

Israel last year enacted a law that would ban any activist who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.” The list made public Sunday, which includes a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization, follows up on that legislation.

A statement by the 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.” It said “central figures in key boycott organizations” risked being prevented entry. The 2017 law does not apply to Israeli citizens, the statement said.

“The boycott organizations must know that the state of Israel will act against them,” Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement. “The creation of this list is another step in our struggle against the incitement and lies of the boycott organizations.”

The list is part of Israel’s efforts against a grassroots movement known as BDS, which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israrl. The movement has urged businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel, and it includes thousands of volunteers around the world.

Supporters of the movement say the tactics are a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause. Israel says the campaign often masks a far-reaching aim to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state.

The listed groups, from the United States, France, South Africa and beyond, count thousands of people as members. They were chosen because they are the main ones who “operate consistently and continuously” against Israel, according to Erdan’s office.

American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group on the list, said it would continue to work for “peace and justice.” The group, together with a British Quaker organization, won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for assisting World War II refugees.

“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 international programs.

The U.S.-based Jewish Voice for Peace, the only Jewish group on the list, responded to the ban in an opinion piece published on the Haartez website.

“The public naming of JVP on this list is significant. Clearly, the Israeli government is very aware that increasing numbers of Jews and all people worldwide support the BDS movement, and are seeking to intimidate and coerce us into silence.”

“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,” JVP wrote on Facebook.

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 U.S. college campuses. Most recently, pop singer Lorde joined a number of other performers who have canceled performances in Israel amid pressure from BDS activists.

Even so, a slew of other musicians have defied boycott calls and performed. Israel has also enjoyed new economic partnerships and diplomatic ties despite calls for boycotts and it has become a top destination for international sporting and cultural events.

Below is the full blacklist:

United States:
• AFSC (American Friends Service Committee)
• AMP (American Muslims for Palestine)
• Code Pink
• JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace)
• NSJP (National Students for Justice in Palestine)
• USCPR (US Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

Europe:
• AFPS (The Association France Palestine Solidarité)
• BDS France
• BDS Italy
• ECCP (The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)
• FOA (Friends of al-Aqsa)
• IPSC (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
• Norgeׂׂ Palestinakomitee (The Palestine Committee of Norway)
• PGS Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (Palestine Solidarity Association in Sweden)
• PSC (Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
• War on Want
• BDS Kampagne

Latin America
• BDS Chile

South Africa
• BDS South Africa

Other
• BNC (BDS National Committee)

(YWN / AP)

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Local

More in Local

9295a5b0e4e835d10a34bb6203d643fe.jpg

SHIKSA?! UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Herself at NY Charity Event

adminOctober 22, 2018
8efc733738742a2a6afd4c4915afa913.jpg

NEW TOOL: Credit Card Limitations For Get Refusers In Israel

adminOctober 22, 2018
39dacafd4f9446e07b6b9c1080bc25da.jpg

SHE CAN STAY: Israel’s Supreme Court Overturns Deportation of American BDS Activist Lara Alqasem

adminOctober 19, 2018
e9c580e4876a2d0e8bd5dfacc570fe2c.jpg

U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes On USS Ronald Reagan In Asia, Sailors Hurt

adminOctober 19, 2018
40d09691d037c70f0175319962c4fd29.jpg

Trump Organization Sues Man Who Died In Trump Tower Fire

adminOctober 19, 2018
01f7e6c814135f9890e7ba67550f5c56.jpg

Twitter Releases Archive of 10 million Tweets From State-Backed Troll Accounts

adminOctober 18, 2018
4de607e38cb91049f817c5fea9d76ce2.jpg

Trump Asks Cabinet To Cut Next Year’s Budgets By 5 Percent

adminOctober 18, 2018
3b8b9d6e458f58c4f34fd85f7974b317.jpg

Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’ Takes Aim At Fake Information

adminOctober 18, 2018
f20803445fc534455d90c90ba43ded59.jpg

Poll Finds Vast Majority Of American Jews Will Vote Democrat; 75 Percent Disapprove Of Trump

adminOctober 18, 2018