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BDS fallout: Number of tourists refused entry to Israel increased by almost ten times this year

Of the 4 million tourists who arrived in Israel this year, almost 19,000 were refused admission by authorities who deemed them liable to commit criminal or security offenses, or risks to work illegally.


A nine-fold jump from 1,870 people barred in 2011 indicates the effect of laws against those who have displayed support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


The law to bar entry to anyone “who knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel” was passed in January 2017.

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