Monday, 20 November, 2017

Israeli ministers turn away European delegation for ties to BDS

Bennie Garza | 14 November, 2017, 22:44

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri would not allow the 20-strong team, which includes French MPs and mayors and members of the European Parliament, to undergo a visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank on 19-23 November.

The group, which was scheduled to tour Israel and the Palestinian Authority territories from Nov 19-23, said that one of the main goals of the trip was to meet the high-level Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is now serving five life sentences in an Israeli jail for orchestrating terror attacks during the second Intifada.

Israel announced, on Monday, that it plans to deny entry to a European delegation, using the recently approved legislation which bars visits by anti-Israel boycott activists.

Israel passed legislation in March banning entry to foreigners who support boycotting the country or its settlements, which are seen as illegal under worldwide law. "We are talking about senior political leaders who actively support the boycott against Israel and are even advancing it".

Barghouti is the former leader of the Tanzim armed wing of Fatah and was convicted by Israel of being the founder of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, another Fatah terror group. On the itinerary is a prison visit with Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for orchestrating three terror attacks that killed five people.

He led a 40-day hunger strike on April 17 with 1,600 prisoners participating and only ingesting water and salt.

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