France requests that Israel stop banning its elected officials

Gennevilliers Mayor Leclerc Patrice. (photo: Twitter)

Israel denied entry to the mayor of a Paris suburb this week because he is believed to have supported BDS.

By Noa Landau | Haaretz | Apr 17, 2018

“The decision not to let him into the country was made for a series of reasons in connection to his activity in the BDS movement and his promotion of boycotts against Israel.”
— Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry statement

France requested that elected officials be permitted to enter Israel and the Palestinian territories, its Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, a day after Israel prevented the mayor of a Paris suburb from entering because of his support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

A spokesperson for the ministry said Patrice Leclerc’s planned visit was part of attempts to supervise implementation of international programs in the Palestinian territories.

Israel’s Interior Ministry said that Leclerc, who is mayor of Gennevilliers, was blocked from entering Israel through Jordan, while the French ministry said Tuesday that he was detained for several hours on the Israel-Jordan border.

Israeli officials said the decision to block him was taken after Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan deemed Patrice a BDS supporter.

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