Palestine Solidarity Campaign Chairman denied entrance to Israel

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Chairman Hugh Lanning was denied entrance to Israel for “his ongoing actions in advancing the boycott of Israel.” The decision was made by the Israeli Interior Minister in cooperation with the Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, who was contacted in order to arrange the strategic details.
Lanning at a meeting in Gaza in 2012 Photo Credit: Israel Population Authority/Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Sunday), the Israel Population and Immigration Authority and the Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry prevented Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Chairman Hugh Lanning from entering Israel. According to a statement released by Israeli authorities, Lanning was denied entry to Israel after they consulted with the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry for “his ongoing actions in advancing the boycott of Israel.” Lanning allegedly returned to the UK this morning.

According to the Israeli Interior Ministry and the Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry, the PSC is “the leading delegitimizing organization in the UK and one of the largest in all of Europe.” The ministries also wrote that the PSC works in order to advance boycotts and other activities against Israel.

Among the activities listed that justified prohibiting him from entering Israel were his taking part in the MV Mavi Marmara flotilla, calling for boycotting Israel on the internet and his connections with Hamas terrorist leaders in Gaza. Local Israeli authorities posted a picture in which Lanning is seen next to senior-level Hamas terrorist leaders during his visit to Gaza in 2012.

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Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan stated that his ministry, along with the Israeli Interior Ministry, are leading a policy that prevents entry to Israel for those who work to harm the country. “Anyone who works against Israel must understand that the situation has changed,” stated Erdan. “No sane country would allow entrance to major boycott activists who wish to harm and isolate it.”

As reported last week by JOL, the Knesset passed a law that bans issuing entry visas and residency permits to foreign nationals who support the boycott of Israel or Israeli settlements.

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