Just a few days ago, Israeli activist Jeff Halper was detained by police in the West Bank. He was taken away by police while he was in the middle of leading a tour of the illegal colony Ma’ale Adumim, and was questioned for possessing BDS materials. BDS is the boycott divestment and sanctions movement, a non-violent movement, demanding that Israel uphold international law.
The Israeli state has passed two laws specifically against BDS movement. One piece of the legislation is from 2011, which allows companies to sue BDS activists for compensation, for damage caused to them by the BDS boycott. So far, no Israeli company has made use of this law.
The second law is a very new law banning BDS supporters from entering Israel. It does not apply, however, to Israeli citizens. Nevertheless, Israeli police officers detained Jeff Halper citing BDS as the reason. This is not surprising given the way in which Israeli officials speak about the BDS ban.