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Israel’s top court Permits expulsion of senior U.S. rights activist

Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday refused the appeal of this local director of Human Rights Watch to obstructs the Israeli government’s effort to dissuade him for supposedly supporting a worldwide boycott movement against Israel.

The court stated it didn’t find enough evidence to overturn a lower court’s ruling that upheld a government decision to not revive Omar Shakir’s work visa, stating the decision fell within the purview of this interior minister.

His first order was for Shakir to depart the country due to his advocacy from Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank amounted to support that the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Israeli legislation from 2017 bars entrance to people who publicly support a boycott of Israel or its West Bank settlements.

Shakir’s case was followed closely globally as a litmus test for how Israel would apply the contentious legislation. While among the three judges stated Shakir’s public statements were a very clear call for boycott, the vast majority of the 10,000-word judgment, written by Justice Neal Hendel, centered on the legality of this decision instead of the law.

Individual Rights View says neither it Shakir has called for a boycott of Israel and states that Shakir, who’s a former U.S. citizen, has been targeted to its rights group’s resistance to Israel’s West Bank Jewish settlements along with its calls for organizations to quit working together with all the settlements.

Palestinians seek these lands for a future condition. The majority of the worldwide community believes Israeli settlements in the West Bank prohibited.


In a first response, Shakir tweeted that if the Israeli authorities insisted on his deportation that it”would combine the ranks” of Iran, North Korea and Egypt in blocking accessibility to Human Rights Watch officials.

Israel has adopted a tough stance lately ahead of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which it says is aimed at delegitimizing Israel’s presence and wiping it off the map. The BDS motion introduces itself as a non-violent effort for Palestinian rights and states it doesn’t endorse a particular solution to the battle.

Maurice Hirsch, an attorney for the pro-Israel NGO track team that combined the situation contrary to Shakir, stated it had introduced evidence moving back to 2010 of Shakir openly encouraging BDS.

Hirsch said the judgment requiring Shakir to depart Israel has been”a significant saying of Israeli democracy.”

“The court verifies this, while in Israel, Shakir spent his period unjustifiably vilifying Israel and encouraging Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions actions,” he explained. “Regardless of his promises, Shakir’s job had very little, if anything, to do with protecting human rights”

Tuesday’s decision was postponed for months since Shakir and his backers left their case against his deportation. The court permitted him to remain in Israel to the length of the event.