Israeli ministers turn away European delegation for ties to BDS

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

Haartez also cited Israeli Interior Minister Arye Dery and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan as saying that the European officials planned to visit jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti at Hadarim Prison.

The group was scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas on November 19-23 and had announced that its primary objective was to visit Marwan Barghouti and other Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails and offer them support.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the 20-member delegation, which was set to arrive in Israel next week, was to include European parliament members and French mayors.

Deri and Erdan suggested this factored into their decision.

Erdan added that these are "senior politicians who consistently support the boycott against Israel and promote it".

"We will not allow entry to those who actively call for harming the State of Israel", he said.

In August 2016, Israel established an inter-ministerial team tasked with tracking down and deporting anti-Israel activists who come to the Jewish State for the goal of harming the country.

Barghouti is serving five life sentences in an Israeli jail for masterminding deadly terror attacks during the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in the early 2000s.

A European delegation was yesterday banned from visiting the occupied Palestinian territories because of its support for the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, the Times of Israel reported.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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