Israel's travel ban on foreigners who call for boycott of Israel or settlements

The Israeli parliament (Knesset) passed a bill that will ban entry of actvists who have advocated the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) movement to Israel.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The ban applies to any activist, “who knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel that, given the content of the call and the circumstances in which it was issued, has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott, if the issuer was aware of this possibility”.

It also applies to activists who call for boycotts of Israeli institutions in any “area under its control,” meaning settlements, but the interior ministry can make exceptions in some cases, it said.

The bill was submitted by MK Bezalel Smotrich from the nationalist Jewish Home party.

The bill is aimed at combating an international movement known as BDS that seeks to ostracize Israel by lobbying corporations, artists and academic institutions to boycott Israel.

BDS is a Palestinian-led movement that calls for freedom, justice and equality. Now a vibrant global movement, it is made up of unions, academic associations, churches and grassroots movements across the world.

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