Israel Temporarily Lifts Barghouti Travel Ban

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In a very positive development the Israeli government has lifted the travel ban on Omar Barghouti, temporarily.  His lawyer was able to convince a district court that the state had not taken the necessary legal steps to deny him a travel document.  Barghouti has been a “permanent resident” of Israel since 1994, residing in Acre along the Mediterranean coast.  As a “permanent resident” he has to leave Israel every couple of years and reenter with a “travel document”.  Until this year this leader of the BDS movement had no trouble in getting renewals.  He has not been convicted of any crime.

The BDS Movement issued this press release August 2 with full details.

It appears protests from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups have had an effect as perhaps the announcement that Barghouti will be award the Gandhi Peace Award with Ralph Nader.

We need to keep up the pressure.  Promoting Enduring Peace has set up a “Freedom to Travel” committee.  To join send an email to office@pepeace.org