Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, said the U.S. government recently banned him from entering the country without explanation, according to an op-ed published in The Guardian.
Barghouti said he was traveling to the U.S. for various meetings with policymakers, journalists and ordinary American citizens “to address the critical need for cutting U.S. complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian rights.” Afterwards, he was to attend his daughter’s wedding in Houston.
In a move that Barghouti describes as Israel enlisting the Trump administration to do its bidding, the Palestinian activist was prevented from doing any of it. While he still attended his meetings remotely, Barghouti said he “cannot possibly compensate the personal loss of missing my daughter’s wedding. I am hurt, but I am far from deterred.”
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