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Israel has imposed a travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti:

Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders who nonviolently advocate for Palestinian rights under international law.

Barghouti, who lives with his family in Acre, has Israeli permanent residency and requires an Israeli travel document to be able to travel in and out of Palestine/Israel. His immediate reaction was: “I am unnerved but certainly undeterred by these threats. Nothing will stop me from struggling for my people’s freedom, justice and peace”.

Israel’s decision not to grant a renewal of the travel document on baseless bureaucratic pretenses is being viewed by human rights experts as the first step towards revoking Barghouti’s permanent residency.

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri had threatened as much at a recent anti-BDS conference held in Jerusalem when he disclosed that he was “inclined to fulfill” a request he had received from a far-right Israeli member of parliament to revoke Barghouti’s permanent residency.

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  1. Ossinev
    Ossinev on May 11, 2016, 11:49 am

    Another brilliant cartoon. Wish there was a compendium I could buy . No doubt if Carlos was living in JSIL he would be banned from doing everything and anything by the Yahoo despite the latter`s “I am Charlie – look I am right of the front of the march” credentials.

    Travel bans though may simply be the tip of the iceberg for undesirables in JSIL and the Stolen Territories if Shake Head and co get their way which no doubt they will. Perhaps they are working from a previous schedule:

    • John O
      John O on May 11, 2016, 12:17 pm

      Banishment and internal exile were popular, too, in Czarist Russia.

  2. Pixel
    Pixel on May 11, 2016, 12:28 pm

    Great cartoon and title to this piece. You’re spot on!

  3. Kay24
    Kay24 on May 11, 2016, 2:11 pm

    They are losing billions of valuable dollars because of the BDS movement. Despite the bravado shown by their paid trolls here, it must be hitting them hard. They may try to wall in this movement in the US and some parts of the EU, but they cannot succeed. The Palestinians have sympathy from most people of the world, and if BDS tapped it the right way, Israel will find this effort harder than they expect. BDS needs more publicity, to make the people around the world be more aware of what is being done to help the long suffering Palestinians.

    • just
      just on May 11, 2016, 2:24 pm

      To your point, Kay:

      “Israeli Exports Slump to Seven-year April Low

      Harel says weak trade performance to cut 2016 economic growth outlook.

      Israel’s deteriorating export performance hit a new low last month, as merchandise exports fell to their lowest April total since 2009, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday…”

      much more @

      ho- hum…

      Great cartoon, Carlos. As I wrote yesterday: “This wil surely backfire on them, and increase the visibility and support for BDS all over the world.”

      – See more at:

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer on May 11, 2016, 3:06 pm


        I have said the same thing before my self. Every bit of BDS countering raises it’s profile amongst the people. Any, and all attempts, to curtail what is essentially a right of free speech and consumer choice will anger people who are affected whether they support Palestinians or remain on the fence up until now.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso on May 12, 2016, 10:34 am


        To quote Patrick Martin, Canada’s Globe and Mail correspondent in Israel:

        Globe and Mail, Feb. 23/16

        “Yes, the BDS campaign singles out Israel, quite naturally. It was started by a group of Palestinians, including Mr. Barghouti, to elicit help in dealing with Palestinians’ biggest problems. It was not intended to solve all the problems of the world. Just as the worldwide campaign against apartheid in South Africa did not address the ills of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, or the dictatorship in Somalia, this BDS movement is uniquely tailored to safeguarding Palestinian rights.”

        “Israel is increasingly concerned with the successes of the boycott and divestment efforts. In 2014, foreign direct investment in Israel dropped 46 per cent from the previous year, in part, a United Nations report said, because of BDS efforts.

        “These initiatives are taking hold at North American universities, churches and trade unions, where many institutions are dropping investments in Israel or Israel-connected companies. In Europe where hundreds of academics and entertainers are personally boycotting Israel, major companies such as telecom Orange and water company Veolia are pulling out of Israeli ventures, and some EU governments are putting warning labels on products produced in Israeli West Bank settlements.”

  4. ckg
    ckg on May 11, 2016, 11:10 pm

    Today at the daily briefing at the State Dept, it was Ms Trudeau’s turn to be clueless.

    QUESTION: Okay. The Israelis have imposed a travel ban on the BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions founder, or co-founder, Omar Barghouti.

    MS TRUDEAU: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Do you have any comment on that, they’re preventing —

    MS TRUDEAU: So we’ve seen the reports. We would refer you to the Israelis for comments.

    QUESTION: Okay. Well, I tell you what, because last month, earlier last month, there was a conference to – actually to counter BDS, a conference that was attended by the American ambassador and so on. And in fact, one of those present giving speeches by – from the Israeli side basically threatened Mr. Barghouti directly, and he implicitly called that maybe they ought to be targeted and assassinated and so on. Do you – you don’t find this a bit disturbing that Israel is using – uses whatever tactics to prevent this activism that is largely peaceful?

    MS TRUDEAU: So I can’t speak to those comments. I haven’t seen those specific comments. I know we talked about this conference before.

    QUESTION: Right.

    MS TRUDEAU: I would say, as a general principle, we support freedom of movement for Palestinians and permanent residents of Israel.

    QUESTION: Okay. Because Israel seems to be doing this against journalists, against activists and so on. Do you call on them not – to sort of cease and desist?

    MS TRUDEAU: I don’t think anyone should question the U.S. Government on freedom of expression.

    QUESTION: Okay. I have to a couple more. Sorry, I have a couple more questions on Palestinian-Israeli issue.

    MS TRUDEAU: Of course.

    QUESTION: Also —

    QUESTION: Can you just stay with Barghouti for one second?

    MS TRUDEAU: Yeah, of course.

    QUESTION: So when you say that you – in principle, you support – what was it you said?

    MS TRUDEAU: It was freedom of movement for Palestinians and permanent residents of Israel.

    QUESTION: Including Mr. Barghouti?

    MS TRUDEAU: As a general principle.

    QUESTION: Yeah, but you don’t have —

    MS TRUDEAU: I can’t speak specifically to this case. For that, I’m going to refer to the Israelis. However, I would say as a general principle, yes.

    QUESTION: Well, I mean, is this something that you’ve brought up with the Israelis?

    MS TRUDEAU: To my knowledge, at this —

    QUESTION: Or is this only something that you’re responding to Said’s question with? I mean, I’m just trying to figure out —

    MS TRUDEAU: At this stage, I don’t know if we’ve raised it with the Israelis.

    QUESTION: I’m just trying to figure out if this is an issue that the U.S. is concerned about.

    MS TRUDEAU: So freedom of movement for Palestinians —

    QUESTION: Yeah, yeah.

    MS TRUDEAU: — and permanent residents is a concern. I don’t know if we’ve raised this specific issue.

    QUESTION: And is it – would it be possible to find out?

    MS TRUDEAU: Yeah, I can definitely check.

    QUESTION: Because, I mean, there’s two arguments here. One is from the Israeli perspective that this guy is running a campaign that basically – that they see as a threat. But then there’s the other side —

    MS TRUDEAU: Which is freedom of movement.

    QUESTION: Right, and whether – and you oppose – you say you oppose the BDS tactics. You don’t like boycotts; you think that they’re – you’re – you think that they’re bad, and so the question is: If you basically agree with the Israelis on this —

    MS TRUDEAU: We support freedom of movement.

    QUESTION: Yeah, I know, but in this specific case —

    MS TRUDEAU: But let me check and see if we’ve raised this specific case.

    • just
      just on May 12, 2016, 12:06 am

      good grief!!!

    • Marnie
      Marnie on May 12, 2016, 12:22 am

      I’ve got to tip my hat to the questioner of Ms. Trudeau for his or her steadfastness in the line of question which she apparently didn’t want to deal with. What a f%@#! up job she has, official White House Question Deflector.

    • just
      just on May 12, 2016, 1:39 pm

      Good article up @ EI that includes the briefing that you quoted, ckg.

      “US, EU wink at Israel’s travel ban on BDS co-founder

      … “Platitudes”
      Omar Barghouti himself is, needless to say, unimpressed.

      “By repeating platitudes about Palestinian human rights but then persistently failing to criticize Israel when it denies them, the US administration is protecting Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid from accountability,” he told The Electronic Intifada.

      Barghouti sees the move against him – and the failure to clearly condemn it – as a threat more broadly to the rights and freedoms of everyone working for justice in Palestine:

      “In effect, this administration is giving Israel a tacit green light to violently repress Palestinian, Israeli, American and other human rights defenders who are struggling nonviolently for the realization of Palestinian rights under international law through the time-honored tactics of boycott and divestment.”

      Barghouti added that with the “pernicious rise of the influence of the far-right, settler-dominated Israeli government in the US Congress in recent years, the US administration has surrendered any attempts to hold Israel to account, even when it undermines US policy interests.”

      As a result, “Israel has secured the flow of billions of American taxpayers’ dollars to subsidize its regime of racial oppression at the expense of education, health and social programs in the US.”

      The US is currently in the midst of negotiations to give Israel the largest military aid package to any country in history – despite an alleged rift between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      Action alert
      The complicity of the EU and US in Israel’s bald violations of Palestinian human rights is hardly a surprise.

      That is a key reason Palestinians turned to BDS as a tactic in the first place – to challenge the complicity of governments in Israel’s occupation and other crimes.

      The good news is that grassroots education and mobilization are succeeding in changing the views of a whole generation of young Americans.

      Aggressive efforts by several European governments and US states, in response to the demands of Israel and its lobby, are failing to halt the momentum of the BDS movement.

      But it is going to take a lot more grassroots work. As an example, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace and CODEPINK put out an action alert calling on its members to contact US Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene on Israel’s “blatant act of political repression” against Barghouti.

      In an email to members, JVP director Rebecca Vilkomerson said she hoped activists would “flood Secretary Kerry’s office with tens of thousands of messages” because “this is more than just an attack on one political leader. It’s an attack on the right to nonviolently organize for justice, freedom and equality.””

      Much more @

      • ckg
        ckg on May 13, 2016, 9:59 am

        Thanks, Just.

        In yesterday’s briefing, a questioner (probably Said or Matt) followed up on the previous day’s briefing. Ms Trudeau used the occasion to specifically criticize boycotts of Israel while also refraining from specifically criticising Israel’s silencing of Omar:

        QUESTION: Just wondering if you were able to find out whether or not U.S. officials had raised the situation of Omar Barghouti directly with the Israelis or if you are just going to stick to the public comments that you made yesterday.

        MS TRUDEAU: Okay. So thank you for that. Today is a holiday in Israel. I have no updates on our conversations with the Israelis, however we will discuss this with the Israelis, as we do a range of other issues. Our strong opposition, of course, to boycotts and sanctions of the state of Israel is well known, however I would reiterate, as a general principle, we support the freedom of movement as well as freedom of expression even in cases when we do not agree with the political views espoused.

      • just
        just on May 13, 2016, 10:32 am

        Even worse than the day before, ckg.


  5. Talkback
    Talkback on May 12, 2016, 9:31 am

    Israel’s endless violation of the Human Rights Declaration article 13,2:

    (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

  6. Ossinev
    Ossinev on May 13, 2016, 1:36 pm

    Thank you for the link:
    To quote Patrick Martin, Canada’s Globe and Mail correspondent in Israel:

    link to

    Globe and Mail, Feb. 23/16

    “Yes, the BDS campaign singles out Israel, quite naturally. It was started by a group of Palestinians, including Mr. Barghouti, to elicit help in dealing with Palestinians’ biggest problems. It was not intended to solve all the problems of the world. Just as the worldwide campaign against apartheid in South Africa did not address the ills of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, or the dictatorship in Somalia, this BDS movement is uniquely tailored to safeguarding Palestinian rights.”

    What a brilliant and incisive pricking of the Israeli “whataboutery” balloon ref BDS.


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