Boycotters of Israel Banned From Entering

"Those who wear the BDS label should be treated exactly as we treat any anti-Semite or bigot."

As Israel has vowed to do, supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement were prevented from boarding an Israel-bound airplane leaving Dulles Airport in Washington, DC. Among those banned was Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace, along with others.

As the Jerusalem Post noted, the Israeli Knesset earlier this year “amended the Law of Entry to prevent leaders of the BDS movement from being allowed into Israel. The amendment applies to organizations, as well as the leadership and senior activists of those groups, that take consistent and significant action against Israel through BDS and threaten it with material harm.”

An anti-BDS bill making its way through Congress would expand existing law that bans boycotts imposed by foreign governments to include those imposed by international organizations like the European Union and the United Nations.

As Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly said, "Those who wear the BDS label should be treated exactly as we treat any anti-Semite or bigot. They should be exposed and condemned. The boycotters should be boycotted."

Among the highest-profile Americans who support a boycott of Israel is The New Israel Fund (NIF), an American Jewish organization which spends $30 million annually to harm Israel, and which has opposed this ban, noting that “[T]heoretically, if this law is passed, any non-Israeli who has indicated that boycotting settlement products is an acceptable tactic could be barred from visiting or residency in Israel.”

Indeed. Anyone who wants to boycott is welcome to do so -- and deal with the consequences.

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