Five supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement were banned from boarding a flight on Monday from the United States to Israel due to their involvement in the BDS movement, the Jewish Voice for Peace group said.
Three of them are members of JVP, an organization that promotes human rights for Palestinians.
The five were travelling with an interfaith delegation that aims to meet with religious leaders and human rights activists in both Israel and Palestine.
“Israel denied me the ability to travel there because of my work for justice for Palestinians, even though I’m Jewish and a rabbi,” Rabbi Alissa Wise said in a JVP press release.
“I’m heartbroken and outraged. This is yet another demonstration that democracy and tolerance in Israel only extends to those who fall in line with its increasingly repressive policies against Palestinians,” Wise added.
Back in March, the Israeli Knesset passed a law that prohibits entry to the country for those who have supported the BDS campaign.
“As a person of faith, Israel’s denial of my right to visit the Holy Land doesn’t dampen, but rather, emboldens my pursuit of justice and peace for Palestinians and long overdue freedom for Palestine,” said Shakeel Syed, a board member for the American Muslims for Palestine.