Israel has announced a blacklist of 20 organizations barred from entering the country – targeted because of their support of the tactic of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to end unjust Israeli policies.
This "Entry Law" is an assault on these organizations' peaceful attempts to press for compliance with human rights and international law. And it adds to a pattern of attacks against peaceful organizing. Israeli activists are already confronting anti-democratic attempts to criminalize their dissent against their own government's policies, including with the threat of jail time. Palestinians living in Israel, who are almost one-fifth of the population, have been particularly targeted by unjust laws and police violence. And Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation endure separate and unequal treatment, ongoing dispossession of their lands, and draconian restrictions on their speech and movement.
"Boycotts are a tactic long used by non-violent activists to advance rights and social justice," said Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director. "There's no question that we should oppose repression against activists who choose non-violence to express solidarity."
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