With Travel Restrictions, Israel Doubles Down on Its Hard-Line Approach to Dissent

Protesters demonstrate against Israel and in support of the people of Gaza, Washington D.C., Aug. 2, 2014 (photo by Stephen Melkisethian via flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)
Protesters demonstrate against Israel and in support of the people of Gaza, Washington D.C., Aug. 2, 2014 (photo by Stephen Melkisethian via flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)
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Earlier this week, as President Donald Trump released his revised travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries entering the United States, Israel announced a ban of its own: a law that prohibits the issuing of temporary visas and residency permits to any non-Israeli who has publicly supported or participated in or called for a boycott of Israel. The vaguely worded law, which passed by a comfortable margin of 18 votes in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, not only applies to supporters of the “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” movement, known as BDS, but of “any area under Israeli control”—a clear reference to […]

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