Haaretz, Mar. 10, 2017

NEW YORK - Dozens of prominent Jewish scholars worry they won't be able to visit Israel anymore, citing a new law entitling the government to deny entry to supporters of boycotts against the country or its settlements in occupied territory. Meanwhile, only days after the passing of the new law, more than 100 Jewish studies scholars have signed a letter in which they threaten to refrain from visiting Israel in protest.

[...] “I wonder if they will let me in. I signed a letter calling for a boycott of goods from the occupied settlements but I have also been active in opposing BDS on campuses. I have been going to Israel every year starting from the 70s. I'm coming in June, and I would be very surprised and angry if they turn me away," [Walzer] said.

[...] Professor Todd Gitlin, who objected to an academic boycott of Israel, suggested a boycott targeting the settlements, instead. 

But now Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph.D. program in communications at Columbia University, feels he may be a target of Israel's latest measure. 

“Having frequently and publicly opposed the BDS movement for years, while advocating an economic boycott of settlement products and investments, I now see that the state of Israel has added me to its enemies list”’ he wrote to Haaretz. 

 

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