Opinion: I Was Stopped From Speaking Out Against Israel’s Crimes. Britain’s Complicity In Palestinian Repression Must End
A Palestinian human rights activist and the co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement failed to make a planned appearance at a U.K. Labour Party conference fringe event after his visa was delayed.
“I was planning to expose the deepening complicity of the British government, corporations and institutions, in enabling Israel’s brutal system of oppression,” Barghouti wrote in a guest column in British online newspaper The Independent.
That did not go over well.
“Barghouti is unable to travel to the U.K. because his visa was abnormally delayed by the British government without explanation,” the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said in a statement posted on their website.
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Delay tactics for Palestinian activist
The British embassy in Amman wrote to Barghouti saying they could not reach a decision on his visa application in the standard amount of time.
“This is a desperate attempt to silence Palestinian human rights defenders, especially BDS advocates, who challenge not only Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid but also U.K. complicity in maintaining this regime,” Barghouti said in a statement published by The Independent.
In April, Barghouti was barred from entering the U.S., where he was scheduled to meet with policymakers and journalists. He has previously visited both the U.K. and the U.S.