(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Arab-American activist Raed Jarrar was denied entry into Israel on Monday under guidelines issued by Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan. The guidelines are meant to prevent the entry of foreign activists seeking to harm Israel.
Jarrar arrived in Israel along with a delegation from Interfaith Peace Builders, an organization known to promote boycotts against Israel. According to the organization, one of the aims of the trip was to “explore how Palestinian access to land and water is limited through illegal Israeli settlement infrastructure and Israeli military policy.”
Jarrar currently serves as the Middle East and North Africa advocacy director at Amnesty International USA. He recently worked as a policy coordinator at the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group that works to delegitimize Israel.
Erdan said that “whoever acts against the State of Israel must understand that the reality has changed. No sane country would allow entry to boycott activists who wish to harm and isolate it.”
In a Facebook post, Jarrar claimed the aim of the visit was to “visit my dad’s extended family and grieve with them in the wake of his passing.”