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No Entry - Resources on the "Entry Law"

Entry_Law_Locked_Gate400The “Entry Law,” adopted by the Israeli Knesset on March 6, 2017, bans entry to Israel of foreign national who support or publicly engage in boycotts of either Israel or West Bank settlements, whether they do it individually or are affiliated with organizations that endorse such practices. This law uniquely affects APN, a Zionist, pro-Israel organization that advocates for boycotts of the settlements and the occupation while strongly rejecting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel.

APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “This new draconian law is a severe blow to Israeli democracy. It is aimed at a basic civil liberty, the freedom of expression, and will severely harm Israel by keeping out some of its greatest supporters, including Americans for Peace Now…We are a Zionist, pro-Israel organization, which cares about Israel's future as a democracy and a Jewish state. As such, we oppose the occupation and the settlements and call on our supporters to express this view by boycotting settlements. It would be absurd for the government of Israel to block us from visiting the country we love and care so much about because we chose to express a legitimate view in a legitimate way.”

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Israel’s “Entry Law”: What It Is and What It Means

***UPDATE: The final language of the bill has been significantly broadened, and now applies to “Any person who is not a citizen of Israel or holds a certification for permanent residency in the state of Israel shall not be given a residing certification or permit of any kind, if he, or the organization or agency for the sake of which he acts (she-hu po’el avuram), has knowingly published a public call to boycott the State of Israel, as defined in the Law to Prevent Harming the State of Israel through Boycott of 2011, or if he has committed to take part in such a boycott, as stated.”*** 

***UPDATE: The Knesset passed the "Entry Bill" into law on March 6, 2017***

APN's statement condemning passage of the law is here.

What is the “Entry Law”?

The so-called “Entry Law” currently under consideration is an amendment to Israel’s 1952 “Entry Law,” which determines who is allowed to enter into Israel and under what conditions.

The amendment stipulates that any person who is not an Israeli citizen will be denied entry into Israel if:

“if the person, or the organization or agency for the sake of which he acts, has knowingly publicized a call to boycott the state of Israel, as defined in the 2011 Law to Prevent Harming the State of Israel through Boycott, or (if that person) has pledged to participate in such a boycott.”[while granting Israel’s Interior Minister the prerogative to issue exceptional entry permits to boycotters “for special reasons.”]

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Media coverage (news and analysis) on Decision at 50

Decision at 50

double-logo400x489 Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), Israel’s preeminent peace movement, in cooperation with other Israeli civil society organizations, has launched a new initiative demanding a referendum on the future of Israel’s rule over the West Bank and on peace with the Palestinians. Americans for Peace Now, the U.S. sister organization of Shalom Achshav, supports the initiative. APN calls on all Americans who care about Israel’s future to support the call for a referendum on the occupation, which is now entering its fiftieth year.

 

Decision at 50 press release 9/5/16: A New Movement Demanding a Referendum on the Fate of Israeli Control over the Palestinian Territories and on the Future of Israel
Decision at 50 letter to Netanyahu 9/5/16: Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on the "Referendum at 50" (Hebrew)
APN Statement on the launch of Decision at 50 (September 5, 2016): APN to Support New Israeli Initiative for Referendum on the Occupation

Take Action:
If you are an Israeli Citizen, click here to learn more and sign your name in support of the Decision at 50 Referendum
Learn more about Decision at 50 in English at http://www.mishal50.org.il/en/

Media coverage (news and analysis) on Decision at 50

Peace Now Sends a Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on the "Referendum at 50" (Hebrew)

5 בספטמבר 2016

לכבוד
ראש ממשלת ישראל
בנימין נתניהו
משרד ראש הממשלה
הקריה
ירושלים

כבוד ראש הממשלה,

 

הנדון: יוזמה לעריכת משאל עם על עתיד השטחים

 

  1. בחודש יוני 2017 נציין חמישים שנה למלחמת ששת הימים. באותו מועד ימלאו חמישים שנה לשליטתנו בשטחים שנכבשו במלחמת ששת הימים. שטחים אלו ממשיכים להוות שטח כבוש על פי המשפט הבינלאומי, וישראל נמנעה במשך יובל שנים מלקבל הכרעה לעתיד השטחים הללו.
  2. במהלך חמישה עשורים מאז 1967 נקבעו עובדות בשטח, הוקמו התנחלויות, יישובים ומאחזים, הושקעו סכומי עתק בתשתית הנדרשת לישובים הללו, כל זאת תוך הימנעות מהכרעה בדבר עתיד השטחים.
  3. להחלטה בעניין עתיד השטחים, יש כידוע השלכות משמעותיות ביותר על עתידה של מדינת ישראל, על הרכב האוכלוסיה בה, על ביטחונה הלאומי ועל קיומה של הדמוקרטיה הישראלית.
  4. החתומים מטה היו והינם בדעה כי למען עתידה של מדינת ישראל, שלומה ובטחונה, יש לחתור לחלוקת הארץ לשתי  מדינות לאום, ישראל ופלסטין. החלטה כזאת היא היחידה שיכולה לאפשר קיומה של ישראל בשלום ובביטחון כמדינה יהודית ודמוקרטית, מדינת הלאום של העם היהודי.
  5. אין זה סוד, שרבים בציבור הישראלי סוברים אחרת. רבים מעדיפים מסיבות שונות בהמשך השליטה הישראלית על ארץ ישראל כולה, ומעדיפים להימנע מהקמת מדינה פלסטינית לצידה.

 

  1. לאחר חמישים שנה הגיע הזמן שנכריע בשאלה זאת ונבהיר לעצמנו, ולעולם כולו, לאן פניה של מדינת ישראל, ואיזו דמות אנו מציעים שתהיה לה בעשורים הקרובים.
  2. כידוע, ברחבי העולם נערכים יותר ויותר משאלי עם, ומשאל עם הפך לכלי מאד משמעותי במדינות דמוקרטיות רבות, כשבאים להכריע בשאלות מהותיות לגורלם של עם ומדינה.
  3. אנחנו פונים אליך בדרישה שממשלת ישראל בראשותך תיזום את קיומו של משאל עם שיכריע בשאלה האם ישראל צריכה לחתור לכך שבין הים לירדן יתקיימו שתי מדינות בגבולות של הסכמה בין שני העמים, או שישראל צריכה לחתור לקיומה של מדינה אחת על השטח כולו.
  4. הכרעה במשאל עם בשאלה הקריטית ביותר לעתידה של מדינת ישראל, תהיה הצהרה כלפי העולם כולו לאן פניה של ישראל, ותהווה הנחייה לממשלות ישראל הנבחרות לפעול כדי לממש את ההחלטה, ועד למימוש ההחלטה לנקוט מדיניות בכל התחומים כולל קביעת הגבול ואזורי ההתיישבות, בהתאם להכרעה שתיפול. בהנחה שההכרעה תחייב מו"מ עם הפלסטינים, ניתן יהיה לעשות זאת על סמך הכרעה לאומית, ותוך הימנעות מקונפליקט אלים בתוך החברה הישראלית.
  5. נודה לך אם תואיל לזמן אותנו לפגישה שבה נשמח לפרט עוד על היוזמה, את הרקע לה, ואת הפרטים שאנו מציעים לגבי חקיקה שמן הראוי לבצע אותה, אם אכן תתקבל החלטה לקיים משאל עם.

 

 

 בכבוד רב, ובשם עמותת "מחליטים ב-50":

עמי איילון

עמרם מצנע

גיורא ענבר

הרב מיכאל מלכיאור

אורני פטרושקה

גלעד שר

ירום אריאב

צלי רשף

ג׳נט אביעד 

אבי בוסקילה

מיקי מור

אריק רייכמן

אופיר פינס

יולי תמיר

דניאל בן סימון

אליק רון

שאול אריאלי

נסים קלדרון

נועה רוטמן

ריקי בליך

אלון אולארצ'יק

Planned demolition of the village of Sussya

FOTG_SussyaThe campaign to save the Palestinian village of Sussya, which has involved extraordinary efforts by human rights activists both inside and outside Israel, has reached a decisive movement. The Israeli government is poised to make a final decision on whether to raze almost half of the village, located in Area C on land long-coveted by settlers. International pressure succeeded in convincing the Israeli government to delay the decision, originally due in early August, until later this fall, but the threat to destroy almost half of the village remains, as does the threat to destroy individual homes before a final decision is made later this year.

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APN Briefing Call with Peace Now Settlement Watch Director Hagit Ofran (August 25, 2016)
Backgrounder from Rabbis for Human Rights: The struggle against the forced displacement of Susya to Area A
Backgrounder from Btselem: Khirbet Susiya – a village under threat of demolition
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US OFFICIAL REACTION

State Department press briefing 7/16/16: “…we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative…”

 

IN THE MEDIA

The Washington Post 8/28/16: Israel wants to bulldoze this ramshackle village, but Europe is providing life support
Jerusalem Post 8/19/16: In disputed Sussiya, old Ottoman law still casts a shadow over the land
Times of Israel 7/26/15: 1881 document suggests Palestinian ownership of Susya
David Shulman in New York Review of Books 6/28/12: ‘I Am an Illegal Alien on My Own Land’
Moriel Rothman oped in the Daily Beast 6/20/12: Why Susya is "Illegal"

Planned “relocation” of the illegal outpost of Amona

FOTG_AmonaAmona is the largest illegal outpost in the West Bank, home to some fifty families, located near the settlement of Ofra, northeast of Ramallah. Built on some 100 acres of land registered as privately-owned by Palestinians, the outpost was built without permits from the Israeli government, but with the direct and indirect support of Israeli authorities. In 2006, following a decision of the Israeli High Court of Justice, nine structures in the outpost were demolished – but in the years since, the outpost has grown and flourished. Now, the High Court is forcing the Israeli government to take action once again to remove the illegal construction – but rather than simply removing the outpost, the Israeli government has decided to re-locate it – to another area of privately-owned Palestinian land.

 

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APN Q&A on Amona
APN Briefing Call with Peace Now Settlement Watch Director Hagit Ofran (August 25, 2016)
APN to Obama 8/11/16: Act to Reverse Israeli Government Taking Over Palestinian Land for West Bank Settlement
Peace Now Report, August 2016: The Legal Opinion Submitted to the Attorney General on Amona: A Crossing of a Red Line
APN report 8/8: Peace Now Settlement Watch: AG Mandelblit Considers Relocating Amona to Lands Owned by Absentees (with translation of AG’s opinion)
Peace Now report 8/11/16: The Israeli Government is Taking Over Absentees' Property Near Amona
Comprehensive report on the original battle over Amona and the destruction of 9 units there: APN Settlements in Focus 2/17/06 and APN Settlements in Focus 7/29/05
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Expanding the Settlers’ Hold in Hebron

FOTG_HebronThe Israeli government is in the process of establishing – by stealth –the first new settlement complex (28 units, providing housing for some 100 settlers, or a 10% increase in the settler population in the area) in Hebron in more than a decade. This action directly contravenes Israeli law, which prohibits seizing lands for military needs and then using them for the purpose of settlements. It also contradicts the principle of distinction between civilians and combatants, and constitutes a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law. In addition, allocating these properties to the settlers based on the argument that they belonged to Jews before 1948 in essence constitutes implementation of a “right of return” for Jews, at the expense of protected Palestinians tenants – even as Palestinians are denied any parallel “right of return” to properties they left or were expelled from before 1948. The Israeli Peace Now movement uncovered this story and is leading the effort to pressure the Israeli government to cancel these plans.  

 

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APN Briefing Call with Peace Now Settlement Watch Director Hagit Ofran (August 25, 2016)
Peace Now’s August 23, 2016 report: Establishing a New Settlement in Hebron - More Information Revealed
Peace Now’s August 22, 2016 report: Settlers' Residence Being Prepared in a Hebron Military Compound
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US OFFICIAL REACTION

Haaretz 8/24: U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' About Plans to Advance Construction for Jewish Settlers in Hebron
State Department Press briefing 8/23: “…if these reports are true, it would appear to be an effort to expand civilian Israeli settlement in the city of Hebron, and that would represent a deeply concerning step of settlement expansions…

 

IN THE MEDIA

Arutz Sheva (settler media outlet) 8/24: Peace Now 'slanders' activists over Hevron construction
Maan News 8/23: Peace Now: New settlement will add 100 more Israeli settlers in Hebron
Haaretz 8/22: For First Time in Decade, Israel Plans to Expand Jewish Settlement in Hebron
Times of Israel 8/22: Israel said planning to build several Jewish homes in Hebron
Associated Press 8/22: Israel Takes Steps Toward New Settlement in Volatile City

Planned new settlement of Givat Eitam, aka E-2

FOTG_E2The Netanyahu government is actively promoting an extraordinarily dangerous and destructive new settlement plan which activists have dubbed “E-2” – a name that reflects the fact that the plan is as dangerous and destructive to the two-state solution as the infamous E-1 project (against which the international community has formed a united front). The E-2 project, which the settlers call Givat Eitam, involves thousands of new units to be built south of Bethlehem, near the settlement of Efrat. Documents recently released by the government in connection with a lawsuit brought by Peace Now show that the Netanyahu government is actively moving ahead with this plan at this time, including working to seize new land on which it can build necessary infrastructure to implement the project (a new major road).

 

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APN Briefing Call with Peace Now Settlement Watch Director Hagit Ofran(August 25, 2016)
Peace Now report 1/13/16: High Court Rejects Nahla Landowners' Petition Removes Legal Obstacle to Establish a Settlement in E2
Peace Now report January 2015: The new settlement in a-Nahla – a significant threat to the two-state solution
September 2014 report by Peace Now, Kerem Navot, and Combatants for Peace: The New Settlement in E2 (Nahla) - A Significant Threat to the Two States Solution
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