An Elal Boeing 777 plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
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Israel has refused to grant customer visas to seven French and European Union politicians who prior to now have supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion.
All of the politicians are French and embrace mayors and members of the European Parliament. They are half of a bigger delegation of 20 European dignitaries scheduled to come back to Israel and the Palestinian territories from November 19 to 23.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan knowledgeable the politicians prematurely that they’d not be allowed to enter Israel.
“This shouldn’t be the primary time that I’ve prevented the entry of boycott activists who’re towards Israel. This time, nonetheless, we’re speaking a few senior group of European officers who come to behave towards Israel. After badyzing the background and circumstances, I made a decision that the delegation (these seven politicians) had no place in Israel.”
Erdan added, “These are senior politicians who help a boycott towards Israel and are actively advancing it.”
He was notably disturbed by the group’s request to satisfy Palestinian chief Marwan Barghouti, who’s serving time in an Israeli jail for his involvement in suicide bombings towards Israeli residents.
MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) tweeted, “Clever! Now for sure they will be with us and understand that Israel is democratic.”
The group barred from Israel contains members of the European Parliament Pascal Durand and Patrick Le Hyaric and Pierre Laurent, who heads the French Communist Party. Also on the banned listing have been French mayors Azzedine Taibi of Stains, Eric Roulot of Limay and Patrice Leclerc of de Gennevilliers.
Clementine Attain of the National Assembly for Seine-Saint-Denis was additionally on the listing.
For every of the seven politicians, the Interior Ministry gave examples of Facebook posts and petitions they’d signed calling to boycott Israel over its remedy of the Palestinians and evaluating it to South Africa.
Various them have referred to as to finish the European Union’s Association Agreement with Israel, that units out the phrases of the diplomatic relationship between the 2 nations, till such time as Israel withdraws from the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The politicians that have been banned from Israel signed a boycott petition handed to former French President Francois Holland that acknowledged: “What has France come to, when a name for boycott is taken into account ‘incitement to discrimination’ provided that it considerations Israel, however would pose no downside if aimed toward one other nation? Was the boycott towards apartheid South Africa a type of ‘discrimination?'”
The petition continued, “Those who oppose Israel’s treatment of Palestinians have a right to “call for divestment by institutions, pension funds and companies, demands for sanctions on the part of States, the EU and the UN: these are nonviolent ways to answer the call issued by the absolute majority in Palestinian civil society in 2005.”