HRW Omar Shakir Work-Visa Renewal Refused Due to Israel Delegitimization Activities

Minister Gilad Erdan: “We are revealing the true face of those who promote boycotts of Israel.”

Following the recommendation of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSA), the Ministry of Interior released its decision denying Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) Israel and Palestine director, Omar Shakir, request to renew his Israeli work visa.

After a thorough investigation, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs found that in recent years, Mr. Shakir has worked consistently, prominently, and continuously to promote boycotts against the State of Israel and international companies investing in Israel.

Additionally, Shakir has promulgated, even after receiving his Israeli work permit, for the publication of the UN Human Rights Council’s ‘blacklist’ of international and Israeli companies operating in Judea and Samaria, efforts of the Palestinian Authority to bar Israel from FIFA, and in calling for an investigation of the International Criminal Court against Israel.

Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri proclaimed, “It is unacceptable that boycott promoters are allowed visa to stay in Israel, while at the same time setting to harm the country. I will do everything in my ability to prevent such individuals from entering or residing in Israel, and therefore Mr. Shakir has been refused permission to continue to work in the country”.

Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Gilad Erdan stated, “Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Gilad Erdan stated, “We are revealing the true face of those who promote boycotts of Israel. Even when they attempt to hide their promotion of anti-Israel boycotts by appropriating the language of human rights, we will reveal their hypocrisy and moral double standards, and hold them accountable for their actions.”

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