The first hearing for deportation case of Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir took place in West Jerusalem on Wednesday. No ruling was issued, nor was a new court date. «What the state is doing here is deporting somebody with legal status in the country on alleged calls for boycott,» the US director said. «That's an incredibly chilling precedent that could have implications for... Еще thousands of foreigners who live in Israel.» Rather than supporting boycotts for Israel, Shakir argued that «we found that companies that operate in settlements inherently benefit from and contribute to serious violations of human rights and therefore we've called for companies to cease their activities.» «It is not clear whether calling for a boycott of companies because of their contributions to human rights abuse indeed falls within the textual definition of a boycott on Israel,» Michael Sfard, Attorney for Human Rights Watch, added. Shakir was ordered on May 7, to leave the country within 14 days, before the court decided in June to suspend the deportation until the end of legal proceedings. 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.