Jul 28, 2017


FILE PHOTO: People stage a scene as demonstraters hold a banner reading "Boycott Israel" during a demonstration against Israel's military operations in Gaza in Paris. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

This extreme measure that the Netanyahu government has chosen to take against opponents of the occupation, including Diaspora Jews who are otherwise entitled to immigrate to Israel, raises questions not only about this government’s ability to contend with legitimate criticism in a democratic society, but also about the antidemocratic tools that were chosen to fight it.


Blacklists of this kind require systematic spying on, surveillance and “tagging” of political activists worldwide. A properly run state cannot tolerate the existence of a wide-ranging, covert thought police of this kind, which categorizes foreign citizens according to their opinions in order to silence them.