British Ex-Minister Faces Jail if She Visits Israel

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The British newspaper The Independent has reported that former British International Development Secretary Clare Short could be arrested if she lands in Tel Aviv, after the pro-terrorist organization of which she is a director was declared an “illicit organization” by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

Yaalon on Tuesday outlawed the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) — a Belgian non-profit organization that lobbies on behalf of the Hamas-led Gaza government — citing emergency defense regulations.

CEPR members also include Labor MEP Richard Howitt, a member of the House of Lords, and two other European MPs who are now in danger of prosecution if they land at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Short, who chairs CEPR’s Board of Trustees, said she was not surprised by the decision. “As CEPR is Palestinian-led … the defense minister’s action is not surprising,” she told The Independent.

In 2009, Yaalon turned down an invitation to visit Britain after he himself was warned he might face arrest on allegations of war crimes.