Jewish American BDS activist denied entry into Israel
Population and Immigration Authority bars Ariel Gold from entering country following instruction from Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and recommendation of Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who later writes: 'The rules have changed. Israel will not show restraint towards those who try to hurt it.'
Ariel Elyse Gold, a Jewish American Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist, was denied entry into Israel on Sunday by the Population and Immigration Authority
upon landing at Ben-Gurion Airport.
The decision came following instructions from Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and the recommendation of the Strategic Affairs Minister, Gilad Erdan.
The Authority said Gold was also a member of Code Pink, a "grassroots peace and social justice movement.”
Gold wrote on her official Facebook page, "I am in the Tel Aviv airport getting deported. I got a visa in advance to enter the country buy they are refusing to honor it and are deporting me now."
Minister Erdan posted a message following the event on his Twitter account, explaining the decision.
“We prevented Ariel Gold, an extreme boycott activist, from entering the country. Our policy is clear: Those who campaign towards boycotting Israel and come here in order to cause harm—won’t be allowed to enter the country. The rules have changed, and Israel will not show restraint towards those who try to hurt it.”