Banned: Israel’s top court orders expulsion of BDS activist who loves to hate Israel
Israel’s supreme court upheld a government decision to expel a Muslim BDS activist who operates under the guise of a Human Rights Watch’s local director.
Israel has sought to expel Omar Shakir for more than a year. Now he has 20 days to leave the country.
Shakir, who is a U.S. citizen, had his residency permit revoked by Interior Minister Arye Dery last May for his activity against Israel.
Dery made the decision following a directive from the Strategic Affairs Ministry, which stated that Shakir “frequently retweets and shares content on BDS against Israel.”
Dery said he welcomed the court’s decision, saying that “anyone who works against the state should know that we will not allow him to live or work here.”
Anne Herzberg, NGO Monitor’s legal adviser, said: “As always, Omar Shakir doesn’t miss an opportunity to play the martyr while using the Israeli legal system for a massive PR campaign for his own benefit. As opposed to the image of the victim that he’s trying to present, he’s been a leading BDS activist for over a decade.”