Bill: BDS Supporters to be Denied Entry to Israel – Inside Israel – News – Arutz Sheva
MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) submitted a bill on Monday prohibiting the entry of foreign nationals who call for a boycott of Israel into the country.
Under the proposed bill, special cases may be given access to enter the Israel, but will need the approval of the Interior Ministry to do so.
For instance, Jews, entitled to make aliyah under the Law of Return, who are also supporters of the boycott movement against Israel, will have to receive special dispensation.
According to Magal, the bill aims to fix the “absurd situation” whereby people who call for a boycott of Israel are entering the country and working against it from the inside.
The bill comes on the heels of two major boycott announcements issued against the Jewish state last week and a stormy Knesset debate held on the subject.
On Tuesday, the UK’s official student body, the National Union of Students (NUS), voted to boycott all Israeli companies and officially affiliate with the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.
Then, on Thursday, French cell phone company Orange announced it was halting all operations in Israel and ending its partnership with the Israeli company Partner – a day after company CEO Stephane Richard said he wished he could dump” Israel “tomorrow.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely responded to the news by urging Richard to retract his statement about the severing of relations with Israel; the CEO is expected to travel to the Jewish state “soon” to “clarify the misunderstanding.”