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Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israel's travel ban: Boycott supporters to be turned away

Israel's travel ban: Boycott supporters to be turned away

The committee that approved the bills' final language also rejected a Justice Ministry recommendation "to make an exception for Palestinians with temporary residency in Israel, like those admitted under the family unification program, who spend several years as temporary residents before receiving permanent residency", Haaretz added.

Jeremy Corbyn could be among dozens of British MPs affected by the law after making statements in partial support of the BDS movement. Anti-settlement group Peace Now said the legislation was not "Jewish nor democratic". "Through this law the Bennetyahu government will not prevent boycott but rather, deteriorate Israel's global standing and lead Israel towards worldwide isolation".

But Palestinian rights groups warn that foreigners will not be the only people impacted by the ban.

Supporters say they are using non-violent means to promote the struggle for independence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and combat human rights abuses. The law was sponsored by MKs Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) and Roy Folkman (Kulanu).

Protesters demonstrate against a state-sanctioned backlash against the movement for Palestinian human rights. They have also denied entry to Americans of Palestinian and Arab descent whosesupport for BDS is easily researched online.

But opponents said it was a blow for free speech and could impact Jewish visitors from around the world who support Israel but do not support the settlements.

Last year, Israel denied entry to over 16,000 people, a ninefold jump from 2011, according toHaaretz.

Those being interrogated may be asked to name their Palestinian contacts, or give over the Facebook account details, allowing Israeli officials to search their friend lists, communications, comments and event history.

"Israel should never take actions that reinforce the Far Left's claim that Israel and its supporters use the power of the state to violate the freedom of speech of their opponents", said Kenneth Bob, President of Ameinu, which describes itself as a progressive Zionist organization in NY.

But Jewish Voice for Peace, a US human rights group supporting BDS, went as far as to compare the law to US President Donald Trump's revised ban on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority nations.

"However, it appears that Israel's latest actions are instead targeting these activists and undermining their efforts to defend others".

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