Bill to keep boycotters out of Israel clears hurdle

The Knesset approved in a preliminary vote on Wednesday legislation that would bar anyone who publicly calls to boycott Israel or part of Israel from entering the country.

The bill by MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi), which passed with 55 in favor and 31 unopposed, prohibits giving a visa or residency status to anyone who calls for such a boycott, though the interior minister has the authority to overrule the ban in special cases.

"Whoever calls for a boycott, will not come here and will stay out," Magal said, adding that the bill "makes it clear to those who hate us that it’s over."


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