Israel denies entry to four American civil rights leaders

An El Al airline plane after take off from the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. September 7, 2014. Photo by Moshe Shai/Flash90
Four members of an American human rights delegation to Israel and the West Bank, were detained at Ben Gurion Airport, denied entry, and deported by Israeli authorities on Sunday. The rest of the delegation was allowed through. Two of the four deported are Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Katherine Franke, chair of CCR’s board and Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University. . Franke was accused of being affiliated with the BDS movement; Warren appears to have been deported simply by association.
 
The “Justice Delegation” of 19 prominent civil rights and social justice leaders from the U.S., most of whom have not been to the region before, include Howard University Law Professor Justin Hanford, who heads the Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights, and Women’s March co-chair Tammika Mallory.
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