Last week Israel finally did something they should have done a long time ago – they refused entry to 5 BDS bigots who wanted to travel to Israel only to stir up trouble.
Five members of an interfaith delegation to Israel were prevented from boarding their flight from Washington, D.C., reportedly due to their activism on behalf of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The Jewish Voice for Peace organization said in a statement Monday that the delegation tried to check into its Lufthansa flight at Dulles International Airport, only to be told that the Israeli government had ordered the airline not to let the five passengers aboard.
In March, the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, amended the Law of Entry to prevent leaders of the BDS movement from being allowed into Israel. The amendment applies to organizations that take consistent and significant action against Israel through BDS, as well as the leadership and senior activists of those groups.
Lufthansa spokesman Tal Muscal confirmed that the delegation members were not allowed to fly per the Israeli government’s request. Lufthansa was not made aware of the reason for the order.
Muscal said the airline must obey government requests like these to block passengers from boarding flights.
Who were these lovely people who even the too-liberal-by-half Israeli legislature declared persona non grata?
Three of the activists were from JVP, including a rabbi. The other two delegation members prevented from boarding the flight were Rick Ufford Chase of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in Rockland County, New York, and Shakeel Syed, a national board member with American Muslims for Palestine in Los Angeles.
The other 18 participants with the Interfaith Network for Justice in Palestine delegation arrived Monday morning in Israel and were allowed to enter after several hours of detention and questioning, according to JVP.
JVP states on its website that it supports boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
But what is sauce for the goose is not considered sauce for the gander, and the boycotters were not happy bunnies:
“Israel denied me the ability to travel there because of my work for justice for Palestinians, even though I’m Jewish and a rabbi,” Rabbi Alissa Wise said in the JVP statement. “I’m heartbroken and outraged. This is yet another demonstration that democracy and tolerance in Israel only extends to those who fall in line with its increasingly repressive policies against Palestinians.
JVP said it is believed to be the first time that the amendment has been enforced before passengers boarded their flights to Israel and the first time that Israel has denied entry to Jews, including a rabbi, for their support of BDS.
You’d need a heart of stone not to weep at the injustice. Not. 😈
Israellycool wonders if Israel should be banning entry to these BDS bigots:
On one hand, I support free speech. But it is a right that cannot come at the expense of superseding rights, like the right to live in peace and security. Therefore for me, the litmus test is: could the individuals endanger the lives of our soldiers and civilians. Think people like Rachel Corrie, who tried to prevent the IDF from doing their jobs in stopping terrorists. Or any other ISM activists, really, known to lie to enter the country, cavort with terrorists and even assist them.
Such activities go beyond “merely” advocating for BDS.
In this case, for example, I fully support someone like “Rabbi” Alissa Wise being prevented from entering Israel. She advocates for Israel’s destruction, loves her terrorists, and thus represents a potential danger to all of us.
I think this vile attitude should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind as to the justice of the ban.
You can read more about the viciously anti-Israel activities of JVP at NGO-Monitor:
VP’s strategy is to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community, while working toward the goal of eliminating U.S. economic, military, and political aid to Israel.
Furthermore they promote BDS, Palestinian “resistance” (we all know what that means. It’s a euphemism for terrorism), they ignore antisemitism, invoke the “Nakba” and are antagonistic towards the Jewish community.
The ADL, a pro-Israel but very liberal organization, also slammed JVP in a special report:
Jewish Voice for Peace’s hardline stance is demonstrated by its positions on BDS, willingness to partner with anti-Israel organizations that deny Israel’s right to exist and legitimize terror, and its refusal to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Share via Twitter Share via Facebook
These are not nice people. But if you need further convincing, just watch the following video of Rabbi Wise and her colleagues, and then read my fisking of their words below:
Rabbi Alissa Wise says: “Attempting to board a plane for Israel-Palestine.”
Just her description of the country gives the game away. For the information of Rabbi Wise, there is no such place as “Israel-Palestine”. Our country is called Israel. You cannot force a country to exist just by renaming another country.
She then remarks: “As we watch Israel’s encroachment on the Haram el Sharif/Temple Mount….”
Excuse me? Israel is encroaching on the Temple Mount? There was not even a mention of the Palestinian terror attack from within the Temple Mount complex, in which two Israeli policemen were murdered, and which set off the crisis. What encroachment can she describe, besides the security forces searching the area for illicit weapons? Not to mention that for a Jewish Rabbi it is very strange that she would mention the Muslim name of the Temple Mount first.
Her next words are: “and the powerful and peaceful protests in Al Aqsa”
This woman is being deliberately, wilfully and maliciously ignorant. Two Israeli policemen were murdered on Friday, 3 Israelis were slaughtered on Friday night, and three Palestinian protestors were killed in the riots that followed Israel’s closure of the Temple Mount after the terror attack.
This is what she calls peaceful?? I’d hate to see what “violent” looks like in her eyes. Probably Israeli police carrying out crowd control.
She mentions the humanitarian crisis in Gaza with very little electricity – without once mentioning that the fault lies entirely with Hamas.
Next we hear Shakeel Syed who makes the outlandish claim: “the holy land does not belong to any one group of people”
Oh yes it does, Mr. Syed. Israel belongs to the Jews. And to Israelis. Why should Israel be different to any other country? Just as Britain is for the English and France for the French, and just as those countries and every other country in the world controls who is allowed to come into its borders and under what conditions, so too Israel is permitted to allow or deny entry to whomever it deems fit. This does not mean that Israel refuses to allow pilgrims of all faiths to visit their holy sites. As we all know – unless you are dishonest like JVP are – Israel has the most liberal laws on its books for freedom of religion.
Rick Ufford Chase: also traveling to Israel and Palestine. No such place.
Alana Krivo-Kaufman is “horrified and ashamed” at the ban and claims that “Israel’s government is not a democratic government.”
That’s funny. I could have sworn we have a democratically elected Knesset, with even Arab members and ministers. Message to Ms. Krivo-Kaufman: just because a legislature produces certain laws that you don’t like does NOT make it democratic. If I were you I would take up your complaints with the non-democratic Hamas.
And then we hear from Noah Habeeb who describes himself as an Arab Jew. No Mizrachi Jew (a Sephardi, or one whose origins are in the east or Levant) who respects himself would describe himself as an Arab Jew. This man is using his Jewish identity to provide cover and credentials to the anti-Israel activity of JVP. as cover. He complains that “at the border there’s not true democracy“. Does the US let everyone in? Does he think American border police don’t question people?? Democracy does not mean letting everyone in regardless. Democracy means giving a voice to the people.
And the people of Israel have spoken.