Barghouthi: Blocking heads of EU municipalities visiting Palestine is a disgraceful act

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The Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa al-Barghouthi, said that the Israeli government’s decision to prevent the mayor of Gennevilliers Leclerc Patrice and his wife from entering Palestine after their detention and subjecting them to interrogation for seven hours on the border with jordan is a disgraceful act, but evidence of weakness of this Israeli government in facing the international solidarity movement with Palestine.

Barghouthi added that this Israeli behavior contravenes international laws & will not weaken the French solidarity movement with the Palestinian people and its just cause.

Barghouthi thanked Mayor of Gennevilliers Leclerc Patrice and its Council for their principled positions in the support of the Palestinian people.

Barghouti statement came after Israel blocked the mayor of a Paris suburb this week because he believed to promote boycotts of the country Israeli media reported today.

For its part France requested that elected officials be permitted to enter Israel and the Palestinian territories, its Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, a day after Israel prevented the mayor of a Paris suburb from entering because of his support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

A spokesperson for the ministry said Patrice Leclerc’s planned visit was part of attempts to supervise implementation of international programs in the Palestinian territories.

Israel prevented a French mayor from entering the country Monday due to his support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on Israel BDS.

Leclerc Patrice, the mayor of the Paris suburb of Gennevilliers, was blocked from entering Israel from Jordan, said a statement from the Israeli Interior Ministry.

“The decision not to let him into the country was made for a series of reasons in connection to his activity in the BDS movement and his promotion of boycotts against Israel,” the statement said.

Israeli Officials said the decision was taken after Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan deemed Patrice a BDS supporter.

The Communist Party of France politician arrived at the Allenby Crossing in the West Bank together with his wife. After he was turned away, his wife decided not to enter Israel either.

“The decision not to let him into the country was made for a series of reasons in connection to his activity in the BDS movement and his promotion of boycotts against Israel,” Israeli Interior Ministry statement said.

“We will not allow those who act against Israel to enter and incite against the state,” Interior Minister Ayre Dery said in a statement.

Erdan also commented on the matter, saying, “those who work to boycott Israel will not enter – especially when they are officials.”

In January, Leclerc announced that the Gennevilliers city council would recognize what it called “the state of Palestine.” The French daily Le Figaro reported that the action was symbolic and had no bearing on French policy.