Israel Expels Human Rights Watch Director for Opposition to Illegal Settlements
Omar Shakir was forced out of the country three weeks after the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the government’s decision to revoke his work visa on the grounds that he supports a boycott of Israel.
Neither Shakir nor Human Rights Watch (HRW) endorses a boycott of the country; they do oppose businesses which operate in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as the settlements violate the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
“This decision shows why the international community must reboot its approach to Israel’s deteriorating human rights record,” Kenneth Roth, HRW’s executive director, said in a statement. “A government that expels a leading human rights investigator is not likely to stop its systematic oppression of Palestinians under occupation without much greater international pressure.”