Israel Supreme Court approves deportation of HRW director

Nov 06,2019

HRW director in Israel was denied an Israeli work visa in 2017 due to concerns that he was engaged in anti-occupation activity.

Israel Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday that Human Rights Watch Director in Israel, Omar Shakir, must be deported in 20 days because of promoting BDS.

According to a ruling handed down by the Jerusalem District Court in April, “not only did [Shakir] not prove that he had abandoned his calls for a boycott of Israel, but he has continued to carry out his agenda as evident from his actions and statements.”

The judges said they were rejecting his appeal because “the petitioner continues to publicly call for a boycott against the State of Israel or parts of it [settlements, which are illegal based on international law], and in the same breath, requests Israel open its doors to him.”

Shakir was denied an Israeli work visa in 2017 due to concerns that he was engaged in anti-occupation activity.

He received a one-year permit in April 2017, the same year Israel passed a law allowing it to deport or bar entry to foreign nationals publicly backing or promoting the BDS movement.

In 2018, the Israeli interior ministry refused to renew the permit, citing Shakir’s support for the BDS movement on social media.

Shakir and Human Rights Watch both denied the allegation, accusing Israel of using the 2017 law to silence criticism.

 

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