Israel’s Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan has proposed that Israel set up a committee to blacklist organizations and individuals which advocate for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Tuesday.
According to the news outlet, Erdan first recommended the maintenance of the blacklist to Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, before sending these recommendations to the treasury.
— John Reed (@JohninJerusalem) December 8, 2016
Erdan’s proposal would block the blacklisted entities from bidding on government tenders or receiving financial benefits from the Israeli government.
The news comes days after Israeli authorities denied entry into Israel to Malawi BDS activist Isabel Phiri, in what Israeli media reported was “the first time” the country “officially” denied entry to a foreign national who supports the movement for Palestinian rights.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 23, 2016
The Israeli government has grown increasingly concerned about the growth of the BDS movement, as the movement’s support base has expanded to include companies, universities and religious institutions around the world divesting from organisations complicit in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights.
A bill banning supporters of the BDS movement from entering Israel was first submitted for consideration to the Israeli Knesset last month.
Minister of Public Security Erdan: "We must destroy the houses of arsonists"
Arsonists must be treated like terrorists. pic.twitter.com/r64SNXxJ8n
— Eli Dror (@edrormba) November 27, 2016
Meanwhile, Israeli Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri and Erdan announced in August that they were forming a joint task force to “expel and ban the entry of BDS activists” into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)