HRW official facing deportation due to his support of BDS

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a government decision not to renew the work visa of a Human Rights Watch official and he will have to leave the country within 20 days or face deportation, his lawyer said.

Israel says that Shakir supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Israel has criminalized BDS and has lobbied Western powers to follow suit.

A lawyer for Shakir said the ruling meant that his client “would need to leave within 20 days” or face deportation. There was no immediate comment from Shakir or the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization.

In the run-up to the court decision, HRW said Israel’s moves against Shakir showed that it was seeking to suppress criticism of its human rights record. (Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Alex Richardson)