Israel Travel Ban (Jewish Studies Letter of Protest)

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Jewish Studies colleagues can consider signing this statement,  which you can find here, in opposition to the Israel travel plan barring supporters of BDS and settlement boycotts from entering the country. To the best of my knowledge, the Jewish Studies professoriate is nearly unanimous in its opposition to one more piece of anti-democratic legislation passed by the Knesset in Israel. Entrenching the occupation and the country as an apartheid-like bi-national entity, the recent legislation is at one and the same time a gift to BDS and one more assault against democracy in Israel. Many of us have already signed petitions, some supporting BDS, others joining a settlement boycott. Will we now make it through Ben-Gurion airport? Is it going to be one state or two states? What kind of state? Israel needs to make up its mind already.

The text of the law reads:

27th amendment to the entry to Israel law In the entry to Israel law (1952), in article 2, after sub-article (C) will come: (D) A person who is not an Israeli citizen or permanent resident of the state of Israel will not be given a visa and residency permit of any kind, if he, the organisation or body he represents, knowingly published a public call for a boycott of Israel, as defined in the law against harming Israel through boycott (2011), or committed to participate in a boycott as defined above. (E) Despite sub-article (D), the minister of interior is allow to grant a visa and residency permit as specified in that same sub-article, for special reasons that will be specified. Definition of “boycott of Israel” according to the law against harming Israel through boycott (2011): “In this law, “boycott on the state of Israel” – an intentional refraining from an economic, cultural or academic tie with a person, or any other element, only due to its linkage to the state of Israel, one of its establishments, or an area under its control, that can cause financial, cultural or academic harm.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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