Israel publishes blacklist of groups that back boycott

A pro-Palestinian BDS protest in Paris, France August 13, 2015

A pro-Palestinian BDS protest in Paris, France August 13, 2015 AFP

Israel on Sunday released a blacklist barring the leaders of 20 organizations from entry over their support of a boycott of Israel until it ends its occupation of the West Bank and grants the right of return to Palestinian refugees. The list consisted of primarily European and American organizations, including a U.S. Jewish group. It also names entities from Latin America and South Africa. “We have shifted from defense to offense,” said Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of strategic affairs, whose office drew up the list. “The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them.”

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