US denies entry to BDS cofounder Omar Barghouti
The Trump administration refused to let the founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement into the U.S. this week, according to the group that was supposed to host him.
Omar Barghouti had been slated to appear at several events Thursday to talk about the BDS movement for the Arab American Institute.
The group said when he showed up at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Wednesday he was denied boarding to the flight, despite what organizers said was a valid visa.
“We still don’t know the exact reasons for it and we will be litigating,” said James J. Zogby, founder of the institute, who said his group members’ rights were hindered by the denial.
For his part, Mr. Barghouti, speaking by video to the institute, accused the U.S. of acting as a tool of Israel in the denial.