Rights Groups Slam Ban on Entry to Israel for BDS Activists


The Times of Israel quotes USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer’s response to media reports that USCPR has been included on a blacklist of 20 Palestinian rights organizations whose leadership will be banned from entering Palestine/Israel.

One of the banned organizations, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said in a statement that “the publication of this list is part of an increasing effort by the State of Israel to repress the growing movement for Palestinian rights around the globe.”

“We wear this designation as a badge of honor,” added USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer. “When Israel, which aims to portray itself to the world as liberal and democratic, blacklists activists dedicated to nonviolent organizing and dissent, it only further exposes itself as a fraud.”

“This blacklist and repressive efforts like it will be mere footnotes in the historic march toward freedom, justice and equality,” he said.

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