Arrest of Omar Barghouti Comes Amidst Upsurge in International Support for Boycott of Israel
by TRNNMarch 28, 2017
One of the founders and best-known promoters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, has been arrested last week on charges of tax fraud.
Omar Barghouti is one of the best-known Palestinian activists. His name is mentioned in countless articles about BDS and even Israel's Minister of the Interior, Aryeh Deri, revealed private information about Omar publicly in order to smear him.
After the P5+1 nuclear deal made it difficult for the Israeli government to continue to appeal to the right-wing through casting Iran as the bogeyman, depicting BDS as a 'delegitimization' campaign became its next means of generating fear and paranoia among voters, says journalist Richard Silverstein
The Interior Minister has also said that he considers revoking Omar's residency status in Israel. Back in May of 2016 Israeli authorities denied Barghouti the right to leave the country and last week Omar was arrested. He was granted bail but actually posted bail and yet he was held for five additional days before he was actually released. This is according to the Boycott National Committee. He was again denied the right to leave the country and is under a gag order precluded from discussing his case publicly. Here is a clip of Omar Barghouti speaking to The Real News back in 2010 to our senior editor, Paul Jay.