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British BDS Activist Denied Entry Into Israel

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A BDS rally in London. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A BDS rally in London. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A week after the Knesset passed legislation banning foreign nationals who actively support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering Israel, the new law has already been put to use.

The former chair of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, Hugh Lanning, was denied entry into Israel Sunday. According to an official statement by the Israeli Embassy in the UK, Lanning had direct ties with leaders of the Palestinian terror organization Hamas. The British anti-Israel activist was placed on a return flight back to the UK. Monday.

“Those who act against Israel must understand that the reality has changed. No sane country would grant entry to central, pro-BDS figures who want to harm it and isolate it,” said Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud).

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas), similarly, said Israel is following a “determined policy that would no longer look the other way on activists who want to undermine its existence.”

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