The American Jewish Congress applauds the decision of the US authorities to deny entry to Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate and bigotry should not be tolerated.
Omar Barghouti has publicly stated that he opposes Israel’s existence, openly calling for its destruction as a Jewish state, and has denied that the Jewish people have a right to self-determination. The BDS Movement is fueled by a discriminatory agenda that singularly targets Israel with the intent of doing economic harm and it aims to delegitimize the Jewish State in the international arena. Danger with BDS is not only the potential economic damage to Israel but rather its deep-rooted anti-Semitism, which directly affects the Jewish community and students on US campuses.