TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Just a few months after Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry released a full list of organizations whose activists will be barred from entering Israel for advancing the cause of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement, Jewish-American activist and CODEPINK national co-director Ariel Gold was denied entry and then deported from Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv Monday.
“After seven hours of detention, CODEPINK national co-director Ariel Gold was deported from Ben Gurion airport as she arrived into the country. She was deported despite having obtained a visa in advance of her visit,” reads a press release statement by human-rights NGO CODEPINK.
In a post on her Facebook page, Gold stated, “I am in the Tel Aviv airport getting deported. I got a visa in advance to enter the country but they are refusing to honor it and are deporting me now.”
An hour later Gold tweeted that she believes she was deported because of advancing the cause of human rights for Palestinians.
Around a month ago I got a visa from the Israeli Consulate in NYC. Today as I arrived in Tel Aviv they refused to honor it and deported me. Their reason: my activism for Palestinian human rights.”
Around a month ago I got a visa from the Israeli Consulate in NYC. Today as I arrived in Tel Aviv they refused to honor it and deported me. Their reason: my activism for Palestinian human rights. https://t.co/0XUTqed1lO
— Ariel Elyse (@ArielElyseGold) July 1, 2018
Gold was indeed issued a student visa in order to attend a Jewish studies program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. However, after Israeli authorities were notified of her arrival at Ben Gurion, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri reviewed her visa then immediately cancelled it, accusing Gold of lying about why she requested the visa and ultimately preventing her entry into the country — which claims to be a homeland for all Jews.'
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