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Israel Orders Deportation of Human Rights Watch Director Omar Shakir

HeadlineMay 09, 2018

The Israeli government has ordered the deportation of Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director, Omar Shakir. Israel has accused Shakir, who is a U.S. citizen, of promoting the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which targets Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. He now has 14 days to leave Israel. This comes less than two weeks after two U.S. human rights lawyers—Columbia University’s Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren—were detained for 14 hours at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States.

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