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Israeli ministers declare plan to deport and ban BDS activists


A new government task force will work to deport activists calling to boycott Israel and prevent others from entering, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Deri announced Sunday.

The ministries’ joint task force will work to locate hundreds of boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) activists working to delegitimize Israel, who are currently in the country.

Dozens of organizations are working in Israel to collect information to be used for promoting boycotts and isolation of Israel, said the press release.

Erdan, who is also Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister, said the task force “is a necessary step in light of the malicious intentions of delegitimization activists who act to spread lies and twist the reality in our region.”

Deri, whose Interior Ministry is responsible for the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority, said the fight against boycotts must start within Israel.

“We have the responsibility to do all we can to crush the boycott and say clearly that we will not allow the State of Israel to be harmed,” Deri added.

Erdan also said his ministry is working on ways to fight boycotts through the judiciary.

“Boycotting Israel must have a price,” he stated.

Earlier this year, the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority refused to renew BDS founder Omar Barghouti’s travel documents, saying that though he is has permanent residence


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