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09 January 2018, 02:07 | Kara Nash
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"The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens".
European groups on the list include BDS France; BDS Italy; War on Want; Friends of Al-Aksa; The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine; and Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. "We won't end BDS until Israel ends its occupation", he said.
The American groups on the list include the American Friends Service Committee, Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace - the latter an overtly anti-Zionist group that operates outside the formal structures of the Jewish community, with financial support from the U.S. progressive Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Human rights groups condemned the move as an assault on free speech.
Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, said the blacklist is "a desperate attempt to silence a growing movement that is holding Israel to account for its systematic abuse of Palestinian rights, and persistent violations of global law".
The blacklist names groups from the U.S., Europe, Chile and South Africa.
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"Liberal democracies do not prevent entry to individuals whose only offense is to draw attention to human rights abuses and to call for non-violent action to address them. He should make clear that the UK Government will not cooperate with these measures".
The statement from Erdan's office said that the proscribed NGOs were "the main boycott organisations which operate consistently and continuously against the state of Israel, while putting pressure on organisations, institutions and countries to boycott Israel".
"The boycott organizations are opposed to the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people and are using the boycott as a means to undermine its legitimacy and existence", Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said in the release. Israel says the campaign goes beyond fighting its occupation of territory Palestinians claim for their state and often masks a more far-reaching aim to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state.
In one published reaction by a BDS advocate to the new Israeli restrictions, the head of Jewish Voice for Peace in the United States emphasized her family connections to Israel.
"Forming a list is another step in our campaign against the false propaganda of boycott organizations", Erdan said.
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