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Legal rights NGO: Israel's BDS blacklist 'reminiscent of Apartheid South Africa'

Legal rights NGO: Israel's BDS blacklist 'reminiscent of Apartheid South Africa'

American pro-Israel groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee have accused JVP of exploiting its status as a Jewish organization to bolster the BDS movement.

"We answered the call for divestment from apartheid South Africa and we have done the same with the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions from Palestinians who have faced decades of human rights violations", said Kerri Kennedy, an AFSC official responsible for worldwide programs. The ministry issued the full list on Sunday after the Hadashot news report.

The list was created after Israel's parliament in March approved legislation that would deny entry visas to foreign nationals who publicly back or call for any kind of boycott - economic, cultural or academic - of Israel or its West Bank settlements.

The statement from Erdan's office said that the proscribed NGOs were "the main boycott organisations which operate consistently and continuously against the state of Israel, while putting pressure on organisations, institutions and countries to boycott Israel".

Legal rights NGO: Israel's BDS blacklist 'reminiscent of Apartheid South Africa'
Legal rights NGO: Israel's BDS blacklist 'reminiscent of Apartheid South Africa'

The list, in particular, includes such entities as Jewish Voice for Peace, France Association Palestine Solidarity, BDS France, BDS Italy, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine and BDS South Africa.

Israel named 20 foreign NGOs on Sunday whose representatives are barred from entering the country, saying that they support a boycott of Israel over its occupation of the Palestinian territories. It is reported to be limited to those who hold senior or key positions in the groups that appear on the blacklist, or important or high-profile activists. "JVP members have no doubt about the justice of fighting for equality and freedom for all people in Israel/Palestine, and the legitimacy and efficacy of BDS to bring that day closer".

"As someone with considerable family in Israel, this policy will be a personal hardship".

In the years since its formation, the BDS movement has persuaded several church organizations to divest themselves of Israel-related investments and has garnered support on USA college campuses.

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