Israel to Expel HRW Official Over Support for BDS

Israeli authorities have revoked the work permit of Human Rights Watch (HRW) official Omar Shakir and ordered him to leave the country within 14 days, citing his alleged support for boycotts of Israel.

The global rights group said the expulsion was not about Shakir, but rather about muzzling Human Rights Watch and shutting down criticism of Israel’s rights record.

The expulsion order was signed off by Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan.

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said:

HRW said it stands fully behind Shakir and has retained counsel to challenge the decision before an Israeli court.

Source: Palestine Chronicle