The co-founder of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, who was due to speak at a number of far left events at the Labour party conference, has been denied an entry visa to the UK.
Canary Mission Omar Barghouti founded the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement inJuly 2005 after becoming a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) in 2004 (PACBI joined the BDS campaign in 2005).
Barghouti has expressed support for terrorism, promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and regularly demonizes Israel. He opposes the Jewish right to self-determination and Israel’s existence, openly calling for its destruction as a Jewish state.
Barghouti was denied entry into the United States on April 11, 2019, where he was scheduled to speak at different events and attend his daughter’s wedding. The State Department declined to provide details following the incident, citing confidentiality laws.
IsraellycoolOmar Barghouti had been due to speak at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign event in Brighton on Sunday, alongside prominent Labour party politicians including Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary and Lisa Nandy, chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East.
However, on Friday, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) announced that Mr Barghouti had been unable to travel to the UK “because his visa was abnormally delayed by the British government without explanation.”
Mr Barghouti has opposed the idea of a two-state solution, instead advocating for a single Palestinian state.” He has also rejected the idea of a bi-national state, saying that this would mean recognizing national Jewish rights and therefore “imply accepting their right to self-determination”.
Professor Alan Johnson, editor of Bicom’s journal, Fathom, said: “The real-world meaning of Barghouti’s ‘unitary state’ is the violent end of the one Jewish national home on the planet.