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Members of 20 European, American and African institutions will no longer be allowed to enter the country. This includes the German BDS campaign.

BDS Campaign: Israel imposes entry ban on boycott organizations

Members of 20 European, American and African institutions will no longer be allowed to enter the country. This includes the German BDS campaign.

BDS Campaign: Israel imposes entry ban on boycott organizations

Israel wants activists from organisations calling for an Israel boycott to refuse entry in future. The Ministry of Strategic Affairs published a list of around 20 organizations that are members of BDS boycott movement against Israel, as reported by Israeli media. The international movement is committed to sanctions and a boycott of Israel for Palestinian policy.

According to reports, German BDS campaign is also among aforementioned organisations. The Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) and European coordination of committees and Associations for Palestine are also present. In addition to Muslim and ideologically neutral organizations, Jewish organizations are also on list, such as Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) from United States. In addition to groups from Europe and USA, South American and African initiatives are also on list.

The entry ban applies not only to official representatives of aforementioned 20 organisations, but also to ir main activists, even if y do not fulfil an official position in establishment. This is reported by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. This also applies to well-known personalities who called for boycott of Israel.

"We've been on defensive offensive," Gilad Erdan, Minister for Strategic Affairs and Homeland Security, reported. "The boycott organizations must know that state of Israel will stop m and prevent ir representatives from entering country and harming citizens. No country would allow critics to come into country to harm him, "Erdan said.

Interior Minister Arje Deri of Haredi Shas party, whose ministry is responsible for entry ban, said: "These people are trying to use law and our hospitality to act against Israel and defame country. I will face this by all means. " On instruction of Deri and Erdan, several people had already been denied entry because of ir support for BDS movement.

Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is considered one of central supporters of BDS movement. Finally, New Zealand singer Lorde had canceled a summer concert in Tel Aviv on pressure of Propalestinian activists. BDS stands for Boycott, disinvestment and sanctions. The basic idea of transnational campaign, founded in year 2005, is an economic, political and cultural isolation of Israel.

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