aspacpalestine.com – Palestine. Palestinians and rights groups have denounced Israel’s decision to prevent the entry of seven French officials into Israel owing to their support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, saying the move is an Israeli attempt to punish the delegates for their political beliefs.
A 20-member French delegation, which reportedly includes members of the European parliament and mayors, was planning to enter Israel next week in a bid to visit imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti.
However, the Israeli government announced on Monday that seven members of the delegation would not be allowed into the country.
Israel amended its entry law in March, allowing Israeli authorities to deny entry visas to activists who support boycotting Israel or its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel has used the law to deny entry to a string of activists in recent months.
Ola Hanieh, a legal assistant at the Palestinian rights group Addameer said that this latest incident was a part of Israel’s “war against BDS”.
Israel doesn’t want anyone learning about what’s happening here in Palestine.”