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Jan 11, 2018
Israel Isn’t The Only One That Blacklists ‘Enemy’ Critics — Russia And China Do, Too
A new entry ban for the leaders of 20 international organizations puts Israel in the company of a group of mostly authoritarian nations that are cracking down on foreign nongovernmental organizations.
Jan 11, 2018
Basking in Trump Support, Israel Shuts Its Gates to Refugees and Disagreeable Jews Alike
(MintPress News)
Many Jews are now banned from entering Israel solely because of their ideological differences with the Israeli government.
Jan 10, 2018
Israel Bars all “Active Members” of 6 US Nonprofits and Threatens Free Speech for All
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
For supporters of six U.S. nonprofit organizations, along with 14 international organizations, the price of free speech just got higher.
Jan 10, 2018
NJ 'Dreamers' cautiously optimistic after judge blocks Trump's decision on DACA
Around 22,000 immigrants in New Jersey have received protection from deportation under the the program, which President Trump wants to phase out.
Jan 10, 2018
Colorado Groups Step Up Pressure for Congress to Act on Immigration
(Public News Service)
Immigrants' rights supporters say they'll turn to Congress after the Trump administration removed Temporary Protected Status for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the U.S. since 2001.
Jan 10, 2018
From Spinoza to Vilkomerson, Jewish voices for peace have long been banned– by Jews
Jewish Voice for Peace, AFSC, and others are banned from Israel for supporting the BDS movement.
Jan 9, 2018
Philly-Based Activist Group Among 20 Banned From Israel Over Boycott Calls
(CBS Philly)
Israel is banning activists associated with a Philadelphia-based Quaker organization from entering the country.
Jan 9, 2018
Israel travel ban includes Nobel-winning U.S. Quaker group
(NBC News)
AFSC -- a Quaker group that won a Nobel Peace Prize for its support of Holocaust refugees -- vowed to press ahead with its work on behalf of Palestinian rights.
Jan 9, 2018
Why has Israel banned a Quaker group that helped save Jews from Hitler's Nazi regime?
(International Business Times)
The Israel government had released a list of 20 organisations that have been blacklisted for their involvement in the BDS Movement.
Jan 9, 2018
Israel’s BDS blacklist is straight out of apartheid. The UK can’t condone it
(The Guardian)
Banning groups that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is an attempt to silence human rights defenders.
Jan 9, 2018
Berkeley Police Association PR campaign distorts evidence
Berkeley should redirect resources to social programs, rather than recruiting more police.
Jan 8, 2018
Group that saved refugees from Nazi Germany blacklisted by Israel
(Think Progress)
A list of organizations blacklisted by Israel over their support for a boycott movement include AFSC, who was awarded the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for helping refugees during World War II.
Jan 8, 2018
Israel closes door to Philly Quaker group, other organizations advocating boycott
The American Friends Service Committee is among 20 groups that Israel will now prevent from entering the country.
Jan 8, 2018
US Quaker group on Israel's 'BDS blacklist' responds undeterred
(i24 News)
AFSC says it will not be deterred by BDS blacklist.
Jan 8, 2018
Israel's New Blacklist of BDS-Supporting Groups Sparks Outrage
Advocacy groups vowed to continue their efforts for peace and justice after the Israeli government announced they are banned from the country for their support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.
Jan 8, 2018
Trump administration ends temporary protected status for Salvadorans, 6,800 of them in NJ
More than 260,000 people from El Salvador who have lived and worked legally in the United States for nearly 17 years must leave the country by September 2019 or face deportation.
Jan 8, 2018
Quaker group among 20 banned from travel to Israel
AFSC and 10 other organizations have been banned from Israel for our support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.
Jan 8, 2018
UK-based NGOs slam restriction on entry to Israel
(Anadolu Agency)
Israel places ban on 20 non-profit organizations.
Jan 8, 2018
Quaker group honored by Yad Vashem for helping Jews during Holocaust is now banned from Israel
AFSC earned distinction and a Nobel Prize for helping Jews and other refugees escape the Holocaust. Now it is banned from Israel because it is helping Palestinians.
Jan 8, 2018
Nobel-winning Quakers vow to keep up campaign after banned from Israel
(Times of Israel)
Despite helping Jewish refugees during and after the Holocaust, AFSC has been included on Israel's "blacklist."
Jan 8, 2018
American Friends Service Committee: Nobel Prize-winning NGO which rescued refugees from Nazis among 20 organisations on Israel's BDS blacklist
Quaker group vows to continue to work for 'peace and justice' in spite of ban.
Jan 8, 2018
Israel follows apartheid South Africa with activist blacklist
(Electronic Intifada)
Campaigners say they will not be bowed by Israel’s publication of a blacklist barring members of 20 human rights organizations from territory it controls.
Jan 8, 2018
JVP among 20 groups banned from Israel for BDS support
Oakland-based Jewish Voice for Peace is one of six U.S. groups whose leaders will be banned from entering Israel.
Jan 8, 2018
Israel Blacklists 20 Organizations the Support Boycott Movement
(Palestine News Network)
Israel has released a so-called BDS blacklist of organizations whose activists will be refused entry to the country due to their support for the BDS movement.
Jan 8, 2018
BDS Organizations Barred From Israel Say Blacklist Is Increasing Their Membership
Organizers from the BDS movement say the blacklist will draw attention to the very issues they are trying to address.



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