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Anti-Israeli Palestinian activist blocked from entering the US

ONnti-Israel Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, a leading supporter of Israel's boycott, has been denied entry to the US.

The 55-year-old Barghouti is against the existence of Israel and has been accused of supporting terrorism. He is a leader of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), which seeks to put Israel under pressure to boycott Israelis.

Barghouti was stopped on Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel. Despite valid travel documents, he was told that US immigration officials had denied him entry to the US.

The Arab American Institute said in a statement: "Barghouti was given no explanation for his refusal of entry on" immigration matters ".

Barghouti had planned a lecture tour with stations at Harvard University, New York University and a bookstore in Philadelphia, as well as meetings in Washington. He had also planned to attend his daughter's wedding.

Barghouti from the West Bank is part of a well-known Palestinian clan, including Marwan Barghouti, 59, a convicted murderer who assassinated suicide bombers and led the first and second intifada against Israel

The Israeli authorities refused to renew the travel documents of Omar Barghouti in 2016. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said he "used his residence status to travel around the world to tackle Israel in the hardest possible way."

Barghouti has spoken out for his statements about Israel, including questioning its existence and calling it the "most violent entity" in the Middle East. He described the Second Intifada, which included 120 suicide bombings, as the "narrative heart of ancient Palestine".

In an interview in 2010, Omar Barghouti defended the violence against Israel in support of Palestinian interests. "We definitely have a moral and legal right to an armed resistance to the military occupation of our country," he said, "as long as we attack legitimate targets, ie the occupation, settlers and armed persons."

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