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The founder of a movement to boycott Israel has reportedly been denied entry to the United States, despite having necessary travel documents.
Airline staff at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport told Omar Barghouti on Wednesday that U.S. immigration officials had told the U.S. counsel in Tel Aviv to deny him permission to enter the country for a speaking tour, according to NPR.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Barghouti was not provided an explanation for his denial of entry beyond ‘immigration matter,’ ” the Arab American Institute, which had arranged the trip, said in a statement.
“It is disturbing that policymakers and the American people will not have the opportunity to hear from Omar directly about his views,” Arab American Institute President James Zogby said, according to the news outlet.
Barghouti, a Palestinian activist, co-founded the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to use financial pressure to draw attention to Israeli settlement policies in the West Bank.
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