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Ireland chapter of Palestine Solidarity Campaign to 'Free Gaza'

An activist with the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement was barred from entering Israel this weekend.

Hugh Lanning, the chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was denied entry by the Israel Population and Immigration Authority after a discussion with the Foreign Ministry.

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The decision was made based on what the ministry called Lanning’s “ongoing actions in advancing the boycott of Israel.”

The Interior Ministry, and the Ministry for Strategic Affairs said in a statement that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign is the “leading delegitimizing organization in the UK and one of the largest in all of Europe.”

Lanning’s group works to advance boycotts and other activities against the State of Israel, according to the ministries. Among his own personal past activities have been personal visits to Gaza and contacts with high-ranking leaders in the Hamas terrorist organization.

Lanning returned Monday to the UK on a return flight.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.