'Appalling, anti-democratic' travel ban shows Israel’s contempt for human rights

16 March 2017 - 11:15am
Press release

A British citizen has been refused entry to Israel under a controversial new law banning supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. 

Responding to news, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

"Israel’s travel ban is part of its wider crackdown on BDS and is a desperate attempt to silence a growing movement that is holding Israel to account for its systematic abuse of Palestinian rights.

"Israel’s Apartheid policies already restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement and residence, a part of the systematic abuse that has prompted the BDS movement in the first place. This new law will have even more devastating effects on Palestinians by persecuting them specifically because of their opposition to Israel’s repressive policies. The ban has also already affected a wide range of others, including international human rights workers.

"The UK government must take immediate steps to hold Israel to account for its violations of Palestinian rights and its appalling anti-democratic crackdown on Palestinians and on international support and advocacy for human rights. The UK should immediately suspend its trade relations with Israel, including the arms trade."

 

Notes to editors

For more information and interviews contact Ross Hemingway on  +44 7983 550 728

Independent: First British citizen refused entry to Israel under anti-BDS law says move ‘undermines claim to be a democracy’

 

Latest news

Reaction: UK abstention from UN vote on Protection of Palestinian Civilians

18 June 2018 - 11:15am
Responding to the UK's abstention from the UN General Assembly vote on the Protection of the Palestinian Civilian Population, War on Want's senior campaigner on militarism and security Ryvka Barnard, said: 
 
Read more

Press Comment: Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court Ruling

13 June 2018 - 2:30pm
Responding to the Supreme Court judgement on the Pimlico Plumbers case, Owen Espley, labour rights campaigner at War on Want, says:
 
“New technology does not mean no rights. This is a victory for common sense and will benefit ordinary people all over the country who are denied basic rights such as holiday and sick pay. 
 
It is a stinging rebuke to the government for failing to uphold the law and forcing people to fight for their rights.
 
Read more

Join the conversation

Great news: members unanimously pass an emergency motion to campaign for the to with… https://t.co/GlG8eAvm8D 2 hours 12 min ago
"Over 50 MPs across parties have called for the UK to suspend arms exports to Israel, representing the views of ove… https://t.co/Fic7PXFk5Z 2 hours 55 min ago
RT : My story: UK government is complicit in Israeli war crimes against Palestinian protesters, British campaign group s… https://t.co/wA7EHpICsE 3 hours 17 min ago