Israel lists 20 groups to be denied entry over boycott calls


Associated Press

JERUSALEM

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

The listed groups, from the U.S., France, South Africa and beyond, count thousands of people as members.

The six American organizations are: American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, National Students for Justice in Palestine and U.. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

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