the human rights organisation HRW's man in Israel/Palestine, the american citizen, Omar Shakir, hit by an israeli law passed in 2017 to combat the so-called BDS movement. BDS calls for the boycott of Israel and its products. Shakir has, according to an investigation by the israeli police, spread and liked the BDS petition at the net. Hence the decision on the expulsion. He will, however, appeal to the supreme court.
Shakir said the other day in Ramallah told reporters that he did not advocate boycott of Israel, but do not deny that he applauded bokningssajten Airbnb's recent decision to not advertise lodgings in the west bank.
"this is a spooky notice of what awaits human rights activists," said Shakir.
there are many people who opposes a general boycott of Israel, but recommend a boycott of goods from settlements in the occupied territories. When Tamar Rapoport, presiding judge at the Jerusalem district court, on Wednesday judged Shakirs words about Airbnb as a support for the BDS movement, she made a controversial interpretation of the law, which may have consequences for other foreign activists.
The israeli government, with minor changes, will be created in the end of may, has in recent years begun to equate all critics, so that native israelis and pro-israeli american jews who criticize the occupation is considered with the same eyes as hostile activists who deny the existence of the state.
the groups is rejected nowadays, often without mercy already at the airport, in accordance with the ever more detailed lists migrationspersonalen possession. Lately, however, also have jewish members of jewish-arab vänskapsförbund begun to be treated as security risks, and several israeli activists have been stopped on the way out of the country and warned by the security police.
Donald Trump's administration cooperates closely with the israeli government, and has lately attracted several prominent palestinians visas to the united states.
at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv is an effective weapon against the critics, but leading occasionally to the public relations setback for Israel's part, which in the last year, when the famous american writer and Israelvännen Peter Beinart was stopped at entry, and were interrogated about their political views. Beinart had shortly before expressed sympathy for the boycott of the settlements.
at all ahead was worse times for the israeli democracy different ”the guardian”: the Supreme court, the press and human rights organisations. The struggle to increase the political power of these guardians has so far been led by justice minister Ayelet Shaked.
But her party, the New Right ended up surprisingly during 3,25 procenttröskeln, and an intense battle for the vacant portfolio has now broken out. Bezalel Smotrich from the extreme bosättarpartiet the United the Right and Yariv Levin of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu Likud, have both promised far-reaching intervention in the legal system.
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