Israeli Opposition Slams Ban on Pro-Boycott NGOs

Israeli Opposition Slams Ban on Pro-Boycott NGOs

Israel on Sunday blacklisted 20 worldwide organizations supporting sanctions against Israel, denying the entry of their members to Israel.

The groups that appear on the list are those that are "working in a clear and consistent manner to encourage a boycott of Israel and conduct a campaign of delegitimization against it", Hadashot News reported.

The Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry on Sunday published a "blacklist" containing names of 20 BDS-linked organizations from around the world who will be banned from entering the country. The nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the latest list come from Europe, the United States, Chile, and South Africa.

"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 global programs.

Supporters of the movement say the tactics are a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause. His strategic affairs ministry has a budget of around $36 million to make counter-plan to tackle the BDS movement.

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan declared in a statement that the move reflected how Israel has "moved from defense to attack" and called out the BDS movement for spreading "false propaganda".

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Diker expects that BDS leaders who most actively promote their anti-Israel goals will be effectively blocked from entering the country.

Six U.S. groups, including the Code Pink, the American Friends Service Committee, which was awarded the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for assisting and rescuing victims of the Nazis, and the left-wing organization Jewish Voice for Peace are included in the list, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Interior Minister Arye Dery said the organizations on the list are trying to exploit Israel's law and hospitality and "defame the country". "I will act against this by every means".

"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", Jewish Voice for Peace wrote on Facebook in response to the decision.

According to Diker, "Over the last two years the government has done a lot of homework to determine who are the worst violators in the BDS campaign that completely reject Israel's very right to exist as a Jewish State". In June 2016, the PSC along with War on Want brought a legal case against the British Government concerning guidance, which restricted local councils from pursuing BDS against Israel through their pension schemes.

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

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