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April 21, 2017 3:44 pm

Report: Israeli Court Suspends Travel Ban on BDS Co-Founder Under Investigation for Tax Fraud, as He Prepares to Accept ‘Gandhi Peace Award’ at Yale

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BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti. Photo: Wikipedia.

An Israeli court has agreed to temporarily suspend a travel ban on a co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement as he prepares to receive a “peace award” at a ceremony at Yale University this weekend, the organization granting the prize announced this week.

According to the statement from a group called Promoting Enduring Peace (PEP), Omar Barghouti will be in New Haven on Sunday to get the Gandhi Peace Award in person even though he was initially banned from leaving Israel after being arrested last month on suspicion of dodging some $700,000 in taxes.

PEP said it was “delighted that Omar Barghouti will be able to come to the United States to accept this well-deserved award for his leadership in the non-violent struggle for Palestinian human rights.”

According to a promotional flyer, the PEP ceremony is being co-sponsored by the Yale chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, who have also advertised the event on their Facebook page.

Barghouti, an Arab resident of the Israeli city of Acre, will be introduced at the PEP ceremony by Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace — the group that honored Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh at their national conference earlier this month.

Barghouti and Vilkomerson are also set to appear together at Columbia University the day after the PEP event, on a panel titled “The Road to Freedom: The BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights and the Struggle Against Apartheid,” hosted by student groups Columbia University Apartheid Divest and Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

On Wednesday, Barghouti will be hosted by Harvard’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) to discuss BDS.

The Gandhi Peace Award was conceived of by PEP’s founder, late Yale professor Jerome Davis, and first given to late first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960.

Barghouti will be honored at Yale alongside far-left American political activist Ralph Nader.

According to a recent report from a campus antisemitism watchdog, the presence of BDS proponents and activity on a given campus are “very strong predictors” that there will be anti-Jewish hostilities at the university as well. Earlier this year, a higher education-reform group labeled BDS “one of the greatest threats to academic freedom in the United States today.”

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  • 122

    Why on earth is this terrorist allowed to
    exist, much less speak his mind?

  • Pinchas Baram

    what court? who’s the judge, or judges? is this final or is there to be an appeal to a higher court? why is Israel setting itself up for a firestorm of pro-BDS propaganda? Israel is at war with its demonizers, but the stupid judges, living in a bubble, don’t seem to know that! Algemeiner, how about more ample reporting to answer these questions.

  • zvi gross

    This guy should be seating in jail, rather then getting permission from Israel to be honored for purveying Israel hate!!

  • The Silver Kat

    Good. Once he’s out, don’t let him back in.

  • Reuven

    This is a totally stupid decision by the court. The result of this stupidity will be that Omar Barghouti, who belongs in jail, will be given more power to promote his virulent hatred for Israel, and Jews.

  • shoshannah

    He should be barred from re-entering Israel. Let him stay at Yale where they love him.

  • OkiEli

    Once again embarrassed by my alma mater for unabashed promotion of leftist ideology. Here is hoping that its fourth century may be its last of any real influence in our great nation.

  • Sonia

    It is a huge error and INJUSTICE to draw parallels between old Apartheid South Africa and Israel. People like Bishop Desmond Tutu have promoted this lie, starting at the Durban conferences. Desmond Tutu opposed Apartheid and then headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with Dr Alex Borraine. They did so much good in healing this nation of the true crimes of horrendous legislation that kept “non-white” and white communities apart. There was even legislation to prevent “non-whites” from higher-level employment opportunities and education was deliberately retarded (apart from all of the petty laws that prevented the sharing of park benches, restaurants, hotels and even getting together in homes in larger gatherings.)

    I emigrated from this horrendous regime the moment I left school and lived in Israel for some years. I KNOW, WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT, THAT THERE IS NO COMPARISON BETWEEN ISRAEL’S SITUATION AND SOUTH AFRICA’S and that people like Desmond Tutu and the MISLABLED ‘hero’ above are OBSTACLES TO PEACE. They are, at best, seriously deluded but clearly also PROMOTING INJUSTICE towards the Jewish State.

  • A David Darman

    Do you really want to antagonize those who respect Nader?

  • brenrod

    It is difficult to empathize with Israel wrt terrorism when its leftist courts and institutions always choose to enable terrorists and anti Semites!

  • brynababy

    It is outrageous and entirely ironic that this man who has called for the destruction of Israel and been the instigator to so much violence against Jews and Israel on Campuses all over the world, is being given a prize for Peace.

    • 122

      It is against the Jews, the only people you are allowed to demonize

  • Kwitcherbellyakin

    This is not a good move for Israel, and a stupid action on Yale’s part. Haters must be rewarded in kind. I hope when they let him leave, they don’t let him back in. And TAU should revoke their diploma.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Rather than use the controlling-the-narrative term “far-left” to describe Ralph Nader, it would be much better to allow his political philosophy to speak for itself.

    Does it really matter whether someone receives an award from some group I and many others have never even heard of? As for honors and awards, Jews have their own perspective: “Do not covet honor” — Pirkei Avot 6:5. Institutions with secular social prestige also mean little to Jews, who look instead to reputation based on demonstrated knowledge and accomplishments.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s beyond insane to allow him back in. He’s the originator of BDS. Let him stand up with the courage of his convictions.