Ramallah, ALRAY - Israeli Interior Minister Arye Dery has ordered the so-called “Population and Immigration Authority” to prepare a legal opining so as to revoke the residency status from co-founder of BDS movement Omar al-Barghouti for breach of trust.
In recent years, the Israeli government has been fighting Omar al-Barghouti, for his efforts and activities aiming at supporting the political boycott of Israel, Haaretz newspaper reported.
The newspaper indicated that al-Barghouti, a resident of Acre, was detained in 2017 by Israeli police, adding that MK Katy Shitrit asked Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber and Interior Minister Arye Dery at that time to work on deporting him.
The Interior Minister said that he intends to quickly withdraw the residency of al-Barghouti and ban him from the rights of citizenship.
In turn, the leader of the Arab Joint List Ayman Odeh said that revoking residency or citizenship is anti-democratic, adding that today it’s al-Barghouti and tomorrow it could be anyone who does not agree with the Israeli government, with the occupation policy and with Jewish Supremacist laws, saying “we will fight to protect our rights by all legal means.”