Israel/USA: Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel

May 2, 2018

Two U.S. human rights lawyers were detained Sunday for 14 hours at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States. Columbia University’s Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren were repeatedly questioned about their associations with groups critical of Israel. They were part of a delegation of American civil rights activists heading to Israel and Palestine to learn about the human rights situation and meet with local activists. They arrived back in New York City early Monday. This comes just days after Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday, when the soldiers and snipers opened fire during the Palestinians’ weekly nonviolent protest near the Gaza border. On Saturday, a fourth protester died after succumbing to his wounds. The nonviolent protests demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their land began on March 30. Since then, the Israeli military has killed at least 42 Palestinians, including two journalists, and injured thousands more. For more, we speak with Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Katherine Franke, professor of law, gender and sexuality studies at Columbia University.

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/2/detained_and_then_deported_us_human

Israel bars human rights lawyers from the USA

https://yubanet.com/usa/center-for-constitutional-rights-ed-and-board-chair-both-denied-entry-into-israel/

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/leaders_of_the_center_for_constitutional_rights_are_denied_entry_into_israe

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-two-leading-u-s-human-rights-activists-deported-from-israel-1.6052515

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/officials-constitutional-detained/

https://972mag.com/israel-denies-entry-to-prominent-american-civil-rights-leaders/135059/

Israel at 2018 UPR session denies restricting human rights defenders

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-news/israel-expels-2-american-activists-over-ties-to-bds/2018/05/05/

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/05/07/columbia-professor-barred-israel

http://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/katherine-franke

https://www.dreuz.info/2018/05/03/bravo-israel-deux-gauchistes-anti-israeliens-interroges-pendant-14-heures-a-laeroport-ben-gourion-puis-expulses/ (FRANCAIS)

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