On Monday Israel denied entry to BDS activist Anuar Majluf, the executive director of the Palestinian Federation of Chile.
According to a Strategic Affairs Ministry statement, Majluf has called publicly to boycott Israel, and acted to sabotage the bilateral relations between Israel and Chile, mainly in the economic and trade fields.
“After a long and conclusive research that the ministry has conducted, it was determined that Majluf is one of the most prominent activists against Israel in Chile over the years,” it was added in the statement.
It was stressed in the statement that this move comes in light to a policy that the Strategic Affairs Ministry has been practicing in past six months, along with the Interior Ministry.
Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) stressed that baring Majluf’s entry was meant to prevent him to advance his agenda to boycott Israel.
“The days when foreign BDS activists that want to harm Israel are coming here and acting freely are over,” said Erdan. “We will not allow entry to our country’s enemies.”
This comes a month after the Knesset passed a law that allows the Interior Ministry to refuse entry to boycott supporters.
The new law enables the interior minister to refuse to grant visas to non-Israeli citizens if they are active in a body aligned with the BDS movement or if they publicly support the boycott of Israel.
The last time that Israel denied entry to a boycott supporter was in March, when it refused the entry of the British national Hugh Lanning, The chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
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