Israeli anti-BDS minister in London, UK government has ‘serious case to answer’

6 September 2016 - 4:30pm
Press release

An Israeli government minister who said that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists should be made to “pay the price” for their activism, is in London this week meeting the UK Minister for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid.

Gilad Erdan is the Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister and is responsible for a recently formed Israeli government taskforce to fight the BDS movement.

The taskforce is the latest addition to Israel’s crackdown on human rights defenders and pro-justice activists, which has included public threats, arrest, and intimidation of Palestinian human rights defenders, as well as spying on BDS activists domestically and abroad.

Ryvka Barnard, War on Want’s Senior Militarism and Security Campaigner, said:

“Mr Erdan’s visit to London raises some serious questions about the UK’s relationship with Israel and its complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights and international law. Erdan’s sinister talk of human rights defenders having to “pay the price” for their actions is a dangerous incitement to violence. The UK government  has a serious case to answer when it rolls out the red carpet to someone whose threatening behaviour is endangering the lives of human rights defenders.”

 

Notes to editors

For more information and to arrange interveiws contact Ross Hemingway +44 (0) 7983 550 728

Palestinian BDS National Committee: Israel’s attacks on the BDS movement

Middle East Monitor: Israeli minister in London to discuss anti-BDS fight with British officials

Guardian: Israel to crack down further on foreign pro-Palestinian activists

 

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