Erdan said the blacklisted groups had consistently acted against Israel by exerting pressures on global groups, institutions and states to boycott Israel. "They must also take immediate steps to hold Israel to account for its continuing violations of Palestinian rights through measures such as the immediate suspension of its trade relations with Israel, including the arms trade".
"The anti-Israel boycott campaign seeks not to promote peace but to undermine Israel's national security and existence", Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement.
Israel on Sunday published a list of organizations whose members are henceforth banned from entering the country due to their support of the BDS movement, which calls for boycotting and imposing sanctions on Israel. His strategic affairs ministry has a budget of around $36 million to make counter-plan to tackle the BDS movement.
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The other U.S. groups on the list are: American Friends Service Committee; American Muslims for Palestine, Code Pink, National Students for Justice in Palestine; and the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
The statement from Erdan's office said that the proscribed NGOs were "the main boycott organisations which operate consistently and continuously against the state of Israel, while putting pressure on organisations, institutions and countries to boycott Israel".
Rights groups criticised the law as "thought control" and noted that Israel also controls who enters the Palestinian, territories apart from one border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
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Aburas, 65, will lead the GPC until its next general assembly, a date for which could not yet be set "because of the current difficulties", a statement said.
"As someone with considerable family in Israel, this policy will be a personal hardship".
Gary Spedding, a British and a member of the Alliance Party's youth wing, who was refused entry by Israel in 2014 noted that the list was "merely an excuse to legally justify barring activists and human rights observers" from reporting the ground realities.
Members of 18 worldwide organizations that promote a boycott campaign of Israel, known collectively as the BDS movement, will be banned from entering the country, according to a list published Sunday by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.
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Arye Dery, heading the Interior Ministry who will be responsible for implementing the list, said: "These people are trying to exploit the law and our hospitality to act against Israel and to defame the country".
"I will act against this by every means", the minister said.
"It really shows how vague this idea of BDS is".
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According to Diker, "Over the last two years the government has done a lot of homework to determine who are the worst violators in the BDS campaign that completely reject Israel's very right to exist as a Jewish State". "Israel sees this as a deterrent, but I think that people will be even more dedicated to the cause".