BDS Activist Denied Entry to Israel

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In a first such move, Israel has denied entry to a foreign activist involved in efforts to boycott Israel.

Israel’s public security and interior ministers said on Tuesday that they blocked the entry of Isabel Phiri of Malawi because of her long affiliation with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Israel has long warned it would take action against BDS activists but this appears to be the first time it has done it.

The BDS movement says it wages a nonviolent struggle against occupation. Israel says the movement’s ultimate goal is to destroy the country and has identified it as a serious threat.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan says boycotters’ place is outside Israel and “we shall continue to do everything possible to prevent them from entering our country.”