2019-11-26 14:52:30

Israel Deports Human Rights Watch Monitor

The Israeli government deported the director of Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine office, Omar Shakir, on Monday.

The organization said the move places Israel in an “ugly club” of authoritarian regimes. Israel has accused Shakir of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a nonviolent global campaign aiming to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

A 2017 Israeli law bans foreigners from Israel if they publicly support the BDS movement.

Omar Shakir joins Democracy Now! from Stockholm to discuss his recent deportation and his plans to address the European Parliament regarding Israel’s systematic repression of Palestinians.

“The Israeli government, for two and a half years now, has been trying to bar Human Rights Watch’s access to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory,” he says.


 

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