'Appalling, anti-democratic' travel ban shows Israel’s contempt for human rights

16 March 2017 - 11:15am
Press release

A British citizen has been refused entry to Israel under a controversial new law banning supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. 

Responding to news, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

"Israel’s travel ban is part of its wider crackdown on BDS and is a desperate attempt to silence a growing movement that is holding Israel to account for its systematic abuse of Palestinian rights.

"Israel’s Apartheid policies already restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement and residence, a part of the systematic abuse that has prompted the BDS movement in the first place. This new law will have even more devastating effects on Palestinians by persecuting them specifically because of their opposition to Israel’s repressive policies. The ban has also already affected a wide range of others, including international human rights workers.

"The UK government must take immediate steps to hold Israel to account for its violations of Palestinian rights and its appalling anti-democratic crackdown on Palestinians and on international support and advocacy for human rights. The UK should immediately suspend its trade relations with Israel, including the arms trade."

 

Notes to editors

For more information and interviews contact Ross Hemingway on  +44 7983 550 728

Independent: First British citizen refused entry to Israel under anti-BDS law says move ‘undermines claim to be a democracy’

 

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