East Jerusalem: HRW's Omar Shakir expelled over alleged support for Israeli boycott

Senior Human Rights Watch official Omar Shakir said that despite his deportation «the Israeli government has failed to muzzle the human rights movement» during a press conference held ahead of his deportation in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday. «I only wish the same number of cameras would focus on Palestinian rights defenders who have their offices raided by the Israeli Army, those who receive... Еще bans from leaving the occupied West Bank and those who have been put in administrative detention without trial or charge,» Shakir said highlighting the daily struggles of Palestinian human rights defenders in Israel. Shakir called for a change in the international community's approach towards human rights abuse saying «there must be a reboot in the way the international community engages around this issue. So long as there is no consequence for the regular human rights abuse, so long as impunity reigns, you will only see more and more rights defenders coming under pressure.» Shakir is being deported by the Israeli authorities over his alleged support of a boycott of Israel, about a year and a half after deportation proceedings against him began. The case is the first legal challenge to the use of an amendment to the Law of Entry, that allows the Israeli Interior Ministry to deny entry into Israel to anyone publicly calling for the boycott of Israel.

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