Omar Barghouti

The United States has banned the entry of the co-founder of the boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

Omar Barghouti who lives in Israel planned a trip to the United States to attend his daughter’s wedding and to go on a speaking tour to promote his BDS movement. At Ben Gurion airport the authorities informed him that they had received instruction from the American consulate to prevent him from boarding his flight to New York.

Robert Palladino, a spokesman of the US Department of State commented on the US governments decision “Visa records are confidential under U.S. law. Therefore, we cannot discuss the details of individual visa cases.”

This action by the US sparked major outrage for supporters of the BDS movement, who are claiming the action was politically motivated.

Barghouti insists that the boycott movement against Israel is a peaceful movement seeking a solution between Israelis and Palestinians, but has repeatedly been on record saying that he believes that Israel should not exist.

Barghouti does not support the two-state solution and has said on numerous occasions that he supports resistance by all means necessary, and that Jews have no claim to the holy land.