Labour leader Corbyn is patron of BDS group blacklisted by Israel

A general view shows the Arab village of Bartaa in Wadi Ara which straddles the Green Line between Israel and the Palestinian territories

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS-As part of a renewed effort to fight the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanctions) movement, Israel's strategic affairs ministry has listed around 20 groups that are part of the movement and will work with the Ministry of the Interior to block members of these groups from entering Israel.

BDS, which stands for "boycott, divest and sanctions", aims to pressure Israel into complying with worldwide law vis-à-vis its policies toward the Palestinians.

Among those featured on the list are six US organizations, including two run by Jewish activists - Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink.

"By waging an all-out intelligence, propaganda and legal war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning global human rights organizations and advocates from entry, Israel's desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring", Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of BDS, told the Washington Post. It includes the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and War on Want. "No country would have allowed critics coming to harm the country to enter it".

"The UK government must condemn this latest crackdown on human rights defenders".

The blacklist names groups from the U.S., Europe, Chile and South Africa.




Mr Rehman said: "This measure is typical of Israel's ongoing repression of the Palestinian people".

"Hugh Lanning, the chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: "[The campaign] should be a wake-up call for the United Kingdom government and all those who continue to describe Israel as a normal, liberal democracy.

The blacklist came out shortly after a letter was signed by 100 artists in support of New Zealand pop artist Lorde, who made a decision to cancel her Israel concert this summer amid BDS-pressure. Only states that wish to protect their ability to act unjustly behave in this way.

"The boycott organizations are opposed to the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people and are using the boycott as a means to undermine its legitimacy and existence", Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said in the release.

In the years since its formation, the BDS movement has persuaded several church organizations to divest themselves of Israel-related investments and has garnered support on USA college campuses.

Israel had previously refused to divulge the full list of blacklisted groups. "The creation of this list is another step in our struggle against the incitement and lies of the boycott organizations". Israel says the campaign goes beyond fighting its occupation of territory Palestinians claim for their state and often masks a more far-reaching aim to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state.

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