Israel Flexes Power over Prisoners, Boycotters
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FEATURING ARIEL GOLD – In the wake of popstar Lorde’s decision to not perform in Israel – a victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement – Israel has now launched its own boycott list. The state notorious for establishing aparthied-like conditions for Palestinians released a list of 20 organizations whose members will be barred from traveling there.
But Israel’s reputation continues to unravel, especially with the arrest and incarceration of a 16-year old Palestinian girl named Ahed Al-Tamimi who hails from a prominent politically active family. Tamimi’s case garnered international attention and activism. Meanwhile the Israeli government is now considering a law legalizing the death penalty – a bill clearly aimed at Palestinian political prisoners.
Ariel Gold, national co-director of CODEPINK, which is one of the 20 organizations banned by Israel. She manages the organization’s campaigns for Palestinian rights.