Report: BDS Co-Founder Barred From Entering U.S.

April 12, 2019

The U.S. is said to have denied entry to Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of movement to impose boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel, National Public Radio reported. Among other planned stops on his U.S. trip, Barghouti had planned to speak at Harvard and New York Universities.

The Arab American Institute, which had organized Barghouti’s travel, said in a statement that Barghouti was blocked from boarding a plane despite holding valid travel documents and that he was told that U.S. immigration officials had ordered the U.S. consul in Tel Aviv to bar him from traveling to the U.S. According to the institute, Barghouti was not given a reason other than it being an "immigration matter."

A State Department official declined to comment, citing the confidentiality of visa records under U.S. law.

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