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Israel to Deport HRW Researcher over Alleged Boycott

HeadlineApr 17, 2019

In Israel, a court ruled Tuesday that an investigator for Human Rights Watch must leave the country by May 1. Omar Shakir is the Israel and Palestine director for HRW. The Israeli government revoked his work visa last year under a law that bars entry to foreigners who call for boycotts of Israel or Israeli settlements. In a statement, Human Rights Watch denied that Shakir or the organization have ever called for boycotts of Israel, adding, “The decision sends the chilling message that those who criticize the involvement of businesses in serious abuses in Israeli settlements risk being barred from Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.” Human Rights Watch says it will appeal the deportation order to the Israeli Supreme Court.

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