Israel denies entry to EU officials over support for BDS

Israeli occupation announced on Monday it would deny entry to EU officials to occupied West Bank over their support for the peaceful campaign to boycott Israel.

A 20-member delegation was set to arrive in the occupied West Bank next week. It should have included European Parliament members and French mayors.

The Israeli authorities said seven of the 20 delegation members will be barred from entering Israel, adding it obtained information that they had supported the BDS.

According to Interior Minister Arye Dery and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, the purpose of the visit was to meet with the Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouti at Hadarim Prison along with two other former Palestinian ministers.

Erdan said that these are “senior politicians who consistently support the boycott against Israel and promote it.”

He added: “We will not permit entry to those who actively call to harm the State of Israel, especially in light of their request to meet and offer support to prisoners.”

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