Magazine article The Christian Century

Israel Plans to Bar Supporters of BDS from Entering Country

Magazine article The Christian Century

Israel Plans to Bar Supporters of BDS from Entering Country

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Israel plans to block entry for members of Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee, among other groups that are part of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.

The campaign for Palestinian rights calls for an international boycott of Israeli companies and academic and cultural institutions.

In mid-January, Israel declared that members of 20 organizations in the BDS movement will be barred entry from the country as of March 1 for security reasons.

The move immediately drew fire, including from the targeted organizations themselves and their supporters, who said it was only further evidence of Israel's repression. Opposition to the action also was voiced by some in Israel and abroad who don't support BDS. They consider it to be not only counterproductive but corrosive to the country's democratic ideals.

"BDS is not an existential threat to Israel unless Israel acts in a way to make it one," said Jonathan Rynhold, a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University outside Tel Aviv. …

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