(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans to take part in its action alert, telling the Department of State to not withhold a visa from Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a global campaign promoting Palestinian human rights and opposing Israeli governmental policies in the West Bank and Gaza by calling for various forms of peaceful boycotts against Israel.
Last week, Barghouti, a permanent resident of Israel, was denied entry into the United States and prevented from boarding a flight from Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. He was traveling to the U.S. for a speaking tour at several universities as well as his daughter’s wedding.
“An individual’s political views and protected free speech should never jeopardize their ability to travel to this country,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “The State Department should immediately issue Mr. Barghouti a visa or at the very least, clarify that his denial is unrelated to his pro-Palestinian activism.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.