Middle East studies in the News
Israel Bars Boycotters [incl. MESA, Laurie A. Brand, Nadia Abu El-Haj]
A new law that bars foreign proponents of boycotts of Israel from entering the country is prompting concerns among scholars who hold a range of views on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the state.
The new law -- technically an amendment -- prohibits the granting of a visa or residency permit to a non-Israeli citizen or permanent resident "if he, [or] the organization or entity for which he works, has knowingly issued a public call to impose a boycott on the state of Israel" or "has committed to participate in such a boycott," according to a translation of key parts of the text from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Using a definition from a 2011 Israeli law that made advocacy for boycotts a civil offense, the amendment applies to academic, cultural and economic boycotts of Israel and areas under its control, including the West Bank.
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