NEW DELHI: Israel Monday deported the United States national and Human Rights Watch director Omar Shakir and following the development, the human rights group has put the country in an ‘ugly club’ of dictatorial regimes.
Shakir, according to the New York-based organisation, will continue to operate from the neighboring region, following allegations of promoting anti-Israel boycotts.
In May 2018, Israeli Interior Ministry refused to renew Shakir’s visa.
In a nearly 18-month long deportation proceedings, the Israel’s top court upheld the government’s decision to not renew Shakir’s work visa due to his alleged support to anti-establishment boycotts, and even rejected his application to reconsider decision based on expanded jury.
The executive will however continue to monitor human rights violations in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
“There is no point in replacing Omar because our next researcher would have the same problem,” HRW’s executive director Kenneth Roth told reporters before Shakir left for the airport.
In 2017, Israel had approved a law banning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists from the country.
The tiny yet rich country is accused of multiple human rights abuses, and has been slammed worldwide recently for targeting harmless children.
Early this month, the Israel’s ‘surgical strikes’ have killed nearly 40 Palestinians, with half of them were civilians, including eight children and three women, following killing of the Islamic Jihad Commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata and his wife Asmaa.