Israel deports leading US rights lawyers for ‘ties with pro-Palestine campaign’


Israeli officials have briefly detained two prominent American human rights lawyers upon arrival at an airport in Tel Aviv before deporting them back to the United States for what they called their role in an international boycott campaign against the regime’s occupation.

The Israeli Haaretz daily reported Thursday that Katherine Franke and Vincent Warren had been grilled by Israeli officials at the Ben Gurion airport, remained in custody for 14 hours, and were accused of having links to the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) before being flown back to New York on Sunday.

Franke was accused of being affiliated with the BDS movement, while Warren appears to have been deported simply by association.

Citing an unnamed Israeli official, the report said Franke, a Columbia University law professor, was accused of lying about her “prominent role” with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which advocates the BDS movement.

The JVP is one of 20 groups on an Israeli BDS blacklist.

Officials, however, provided no clear explanation for why Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a progressive nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in New York City, was also denied entry into the Israeli-occupied territories.

The pair, who denied the charges, were supposed to lead a delegation of 15 fellow human rights activists touring Israel and the West Bank to investigate the situation of human rights there.

The team members sought to meet Israeli and Palestinian lawyers and activists working on issues of institutionalized racism, immigration rights and the treatment of asylum seekers.

Warren took to Twitter to react to their mistreatment in Israel, posting a photo of the pair taken under a ‘Welcome’ sign.

“Don’t let the ‘Welcome’ sign fool you, it doesn’t apply to #humanrights,” Warren tweeted.

Vince Warren


Don’t let the “Welcome” sign fool you. It doesn’t apply to #humanrights. Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director and Board Chair Both Denied Entry into Israel 

The BDS movement is a Palestinian-led international campaign launched more than a decade ago with the aim of ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

It pursues equal rights for Palestinians by exerting pressure on the Israeli regime via economic and cultural boycotts.

In January, Israel published a list of 20 international groups whose members will be denied entry into the occupied territories over their support for the BDS movement. A number of those organisations are based in European countries, the United States, Chile and South Africa.

PressTV-BDS calls for boycotting US projects in Palestine

The BDS movement says Palestinians are fed up with Washington’s complicity in Israel’s atrocities against them.

In April, Patrice Leclerc, a French mayor, was barred from setting foot in the West Bank by Israel for supporting the anti-Israel boycott campaign.

Leclerc, mayor of the Paris suburb of Gennevilliers, had earlier said the region under his watch recognized Palestine as a state


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  1. The unindicted criminals and terrorists running Israel have no conscience. Their improper behavior is a perfect example of how some humans behave when there is no police authority to control their evil actions against others. The whores in our Congress have accepted their bribes and sold out our country to them. The whores in our military have done the same. Israel lover liar draft dodger Trump worships them above the U.S. Traitors Bush, Cheney and the four star traitors totally sold out
    America on 9/11/01 to fool the country that it was done by Muslims instead of terrorists in Israel as we know. Just think of this: NONE of these traitors are even under indictment, let alone facing a grand jury or being placed in a jail cell for life. They are free as birds. This country is obviously gone totally destroyed from within. Israel did 9/11. Israel treats Palestinians like garbage. Israel has illegal nukes. Israel steals land. Israel is a bully which thinks it can do as it pleases. Israel gives the world its big middle finger every day. Israel refuses international inspections. Israel refuses the non proliferation treaty. Israel is a hypocrite pariah criticizing others for what it does every day. What a disgrace. All these liars and cheaters learned from Nazi, Germany is how to copy them. Shame on you. Shame on all the whores in Congress and Shame on Israel lover liar con artist bully draft dodger Trump for all selling out America. I hope the BDS movement is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year but these gangsters in the middle east cesspool will do every evil deed in their power to prevent it. Is it any wonder they have been booted out of every country on the planet? Henry Ford was correct in his intelligent assessment of them in about 1921. The abridged Protocols of Zion he commissioned and published in his newspaper the Dearborn Independent were absolutely 100% correct. He was a great American mechanical engineer and genius level intelligence. He built the greatest industrial empire on the planet in America and did not like it when selfish Jewish bankers sought to steal it from him! He did not give in to these gangster terrorist criminals either.

    • The world must wake up to the massive con these criminals seek to pull of in the world; namely, passing laws with criminal penalties against anyone who criticizes them or their obviously fake religion. They use and abuse religion as a shield to protect them from criticism for their many evil deeds while hypocritically criticizing others every day! Let’s face it. While a handful may truly believe this religious garbage they purport to believe, most of them believe in a religion with this name
      MONEY. This is their true religion and why they have so much power in the world to influence events. They are selfish folks. MONEY is their GOD and sole goal in life at anyone else’s expense no matter what their moral code or religion might be. After all they promote pornography and the worst violence filled garbage in the movies from the Hollywood Perverts which are basically all Jewish as the late Marlon Brando stated on national television. Actions speak louder than words. Ask you self this question: How could they believe in the religion they purport to believe in yet treat others, like the Palestinians and Americans and Syrians and …. in such a despicable and inhumane manner? Because it is all lies. All fake. All a con. The want everything their way, one way. They want everyone bowing down to them but criticize others when they demand to be bowed down to. Shame on these selfish creatures of Earth. We must not allow them to succeed in their evil agenda for Earth. Wake up American fools. You are being had by the best con artists on Earth. If Nobel prizes were given for lying, cheating and deception, Israel would have received one long ago. They are masters at deceit, cheating and lying and fooling others. That is what this BDS con is all about, fooling others into surrendering their basic right to boycott them because of their evil improper conduct and behavior in a normally civilized world. Somehow they are unable to behave in a civilized manner in the treatment of others. They must be taught a hard lesson because they are slow learners. Boycott them in every way, shape or form. This is the only kind of language they might understand in their very thick skulls. Remember this: Israel did 9/11/01 to America and got away with it! Read it again:

  2. Israel, Joos, every second word I read is about those thugs in the middle east as if they alone count. I cannot listen anymore to all the BS they spout out of their dragon mouth.

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