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BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti

Earlier this month, Israeli authorities refused to renew the travel documents of Omar Barghouti, a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Barghouti was born in Qatar, grew up in Egypt and later moved to Jaffa and then to Acre in Israel as an adult, but he insists on counting himself as part of the indigenous people, as when he told the AP back in 2007, that the “Palestinians cannot possibly observe the same boycott guidelines as asked of internationals” and that the “indigenous population” is entitled to all services they can get from the system.

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After marrying his wife, an Israeli Arab, Barghouti, was granted permanent residency in Israel, which he has enjoyed for the past 23 years. He holds a master’s degree in ethics from Tel Aviv University, and is pursuing a PhD. A petition drew more than 184,000 signatures asked the university to expel him, but he was never expelled.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) has threatened to revoke Barghouti’s residency on the grounds that “he is using his resident status to travel all over the world in order to operate against Israel in the most serious manner.”

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) called for a campaign of “targeted civil elimination” of BDS leaders with the help of Israeli intelligence.

Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Gilad Erdan (Likud), who is in charge of the fight against the BDS, said that activists including Barghouti should “pay the price” for their work.

Well, the Israeli system this month decided to deny the BDS leader one vital service: they will not renew his travel papers. Barghouti told the Arab press in response: “I am unnerved but certainly undeterred by these threats. Nothing will stop me from struggling for my people’s freedom, justice and peace.”

They could take away his Internet connection, of course.

Sixteen organizations from American, Asian, and European countries are demanding that Israel make it possible for Barghouti to travel around the world to sabotage Israeli commercial and national interests. But rather than addressing Israel’s foreign ministry (which is currently headed by PM Benjamin Netanyahu), these NGOs sent their protest to the foreign ministers of 14 countries and international organizations, including, naturally, John Kerry of the USA, Federica Mogherini, High Representative for the European Union, Margot Wallström of Sweden, and Charles Flanagan of Ireland.

After relating Israel’s repressive attitude against its enemy within, the NGOs demanded that the foreign ministers “use the power and influence that resides in your office to impress on the Israeli government the absolute necessity of ceasing its repressive measures against Palestine’s civil leaders, and in particular to permit Omar Barghouti to play his full role, both inside Israel and without, in representing the aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

Incidentally, any one of the 14 countries addressed by those NGOs could offer Omar Barghouti residency or citizenship and travel papers galore. There must be a reason why they haven’t so far.

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Israel should deport this ungrateful sponger, Omar Bargouti, out of Israel and back to Egypt or Qutar, the "holes" where he came from! Instead of appreciating the benefits and education be received from Israel he is ungrateful and evil. The Arabs are steeped in lies and jealousy…

  2. Let Barshmutzi suffer in the israeli society that he has such disdain for. He should lose his citizenship completely and
    have zero benefits for him and his family. He hates Israel and is trying to destroy it. Israel has no need to tolerate him and put up with his antics. If it can be proven that he has caused damages to the Israeli economy and particular industries, he should be fined for the damages and if he cannot pay, treat him like any other criminal.

  3. The word 'Indigenous' in relation to Arabs living in Israel is false as there are almost none of them who have roots in our country.they all have troots in Arab countries and their forefathers only came to work in what was palestine when the chsalutzim arrived in the end of of 1800's to start cultivate THEIR ancestral homeland .

  4. Why don't they eliminate his Internet access? To me, that seems a very resonable response to someone who so actively incites to purposefully cause damage to Israel by using out right lies. Not to mention the huge hypocrisy of him matriculating at Tel Aviv University, while promotting academic boycotts of Israel along with the full panoply of BDS' agenda.

  5. Quite the opposite. We have given him higher education and free speech so that he can spew his lies and incitement to violence. We give him all the benefits that a free, democratic society has to offer. More fool us. Anyone founf guilty of treason against the state should be deported.

  6. Barghouti should have his status as a permanent resident revoked and be deproted as he has become a threat to national security. Let him proselytze in Qatar or in Egypt. He has no right to the benefits of living in Israel.
    I thought family unification had been rescinded!!! It has no place in Israel, a small state of fragile demographics.

  7. se·di·tion
    səˈdiSH(ə)n/
    noun
    conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
    synonyms: rabble-rousing, incitement to rebel, subversion, troublemaking, provocation.

    Treason: the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.

  8. He holds a Master Degree in Ethics,!!!!!!! one wonders what exactly he learnt. Looks to be be more on the lines of subtefuge, tyranny and biting the hand that fed him. Definitely cut off his internet and check his bank accounts, is the money clean or is it from terrorist activities involving drugs and human trafficing .

  9. Bargouti your people Are free. They Imprison themselves by playing the victim. I do have to say this though, the Creator of Heaven and earth and everything above, below and on BLESSES those Who are HIS. I see Israel blessed, I see prophecy coming to fruition before our very eyes. Yet you who stArted this mess with BDS are now going to find yourself severely wanting. I mean think about it…what country is blessed…Israel and if God the Creator is with Israel who can be against them. You only have to look at Israel to know they are a blessed people…now look at your country take Iran, Syria, are those nations blessed….those nations who follow Allah through the man muhummad they are not blessed nations. WHY.? Could it be that what their leaders are doing is not following Allah after all but following the lusts of their own heart. Shame on you. Shame. Your people are not free because it's people like you who kept them in their prisons…shame on you..for believing the media instead of truth..shame

  10. that is like saying the world should have paid Germany for Hitler's bills to travel rabble rising the murder of Jews.
    What's next, paying Iran for the ayatollahs travel expenses?
    Will the pope be next?
    Why not pay for all of the Rabbi's travelling business class to collect Ziddakah? Now there is another big expense that the UN should afford themselves to do after all the UN dont use their money for peaceful purposes!

  11. Can't believe Israel would continue to allow this hateful bigot to continue living there,leave alone renewing his travel papers.

    And who care what these antisemitic a-holes and their "NGO's" say about internal Israeli affairs anyway.

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