Israel bans 20 global NGOs under anti-BDS law

  • Israel bans 20 global NGOs under anti-BDS law

Israel bans 20 global NGOs under anti-BDS law

Dubbed the "BDS Blacklist", - in reference to organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel - the list bars activists from 20 organizations from entering the country, according to Haaretz.

Not every person who is a member of such an organization or who has expressed support for such an organization would be barred from entering Israel.

The law doesn't target political criticism of Israel, but only those who take "material action" to harm it by advocating boycotts, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said in a press statement.

Signs at a pro-BDS protest in NY following the United States decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

An American Friends Service Committee official said the group "answered the call for divestment from apartheid in 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".

The publication of the list, which also includes a well-known Jewish anti-occupation group and a Nobel peace prize-winning US Quaker group, had been threatened for months by Israel.

The blacklist follows up on a controversial law enacted by Israel past year which bans any activist who "knowingly issues a public call for boycotting" the country. "This move is reminiscent of South Africa's apartheid regime which also prepared blacklists in order to punish people and prevent the entry of those opposed to its racist policies".

"Despite the fact that my grandparents are buried there, that my aging in-laws still live there, and my extensive ties of friendship and family, my support for the BDS movement for Palestinian rights now excludes me from Israel", she said.

"Israel sees this as a deterrent, but I think that people will be even more dedicated to the cause", he told Al Jazeera, adding that such policies could end up having positive effects for the movement.

The BDS movement attempts to put political and economic pressure on Israel through various boycotts in order to purportedly compel the Jewish State to conform with global law.

"We will continue to stand up for peace and justice in Israel, occupied Palestine, and around the world".

"I believe that BDS leads to increasing hatred", his office quoted him as saying in English.

The Palestine Group of Norway was among the groups named on Sunday.

"The State of Israel will prevent groups working to undermine its security and core interests from entering Israel", Erdan said.

In November, Israel denied entry to a USA employee of Amnesty International as part of its anti-boycott offensive.