High Court Delays Expulsion of Activist Accused of Promoting BDS

YERUSHALAYIM -

The High Court gave Human Rights Watch’s country director another chance to fight his expulsion on charges of promoting boycotts of Israel on Thursday.

A day before the deadline for expulsion of Omar Shakir, a U.S. citizen, the Court issued an injunction allowing Shakir to remain in Israel for seven days, attorney Michael Sfard told AFP.

That will give the Interior Ministry time to formulate its response to the appeal which Shakir lodged against the expulsion order.

After the new May 7 deadline, the court “could theoretically issue a new decision,” overruling a lower court, Sfard said.

HRW has denied that it or Shakir promoted a boycott of Israel, calling the April district court ruling a “new and dangerous interpretation of the law,” as it equated criticism of businesses operating in Yehudah and Shomron to boycotting Israel.