Jerusalem24 – Israeli Minister of Interior, Ayelet Shaked is considering banning Amnesty International activists from entering Israel. She argues that they support the international boycott movement.
This comes against the backdrop of the organization’s recent report, in which it accused Tel Aviv of being an apartheid state and committing crimes against humanity.
According to the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, the authority to ban entry of certain activists is in the hands of the Minister of Interior, noting that Shaked is currently conducting internal consultations in her office and will later expand the circle of consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate how to do this.
There is talk about a certain number of activists affiliated with the organization, especially its senior officials.
Shaked’s office said that it intends to promote an action plan to prevent the entry of supporters of the boycott into Israel, while Amnesty International did not respond to what was stated in the report.
Israel has a history of not allowing its critics in the country. Human Rights Watch’s Director Omar Shakir was expelled in this manner while United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, Mr. Michael Lynk faced a similar policy.