Interior Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri refused permission of entry into Israel to the mayor of the Parisian suburb of Gennevilliers, Patrice Leclerc, a BDS supporter, Arutz Sheva reported on Monday.
Leclerc arrived at the Allenby Crossing on the Jordanian border with his wife on Monday, saying that they were coming to visit Israel, but were not allowed in.
In November, Leclerc was part of a delegation of mayors who attempted to enter Israel for the purpose of visiting the terrorist Marwan Barghouti in prison on multiple murder charges.
Rabbi Deri said: “We will not allow anyone who acts against Israel to enter Israel in order to act and incite against the state. This is the authority given to me in the law and I will use it as long as I am required to do so and as long as there is a need to prevent the entry of people who will act to incite against Israel and call for its boycott. ”
The decision follows the recommendation of Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan.
Leclerc, a member of the French Communist party, pushed for Gennevilliers to recognize the “State of Palestine.” The symbolic recognition was rescinded in March following pressure from the government of French President Emmanuel Macron.