The BDS campaign encourages people to boycott Israel, urges universities and other organizations to divest from the country, and calls for global sanctions until Tel Aviv complies with worldwide law with respect to Palestinians and withdraws from Palestinian land.
Members of 18 worldwide organizations that promote a boycott campaign of Israel, known collectively as the BDS movement, will be banned from entering the country, according to a list published Sunday by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.
"Forming a list is another step in our campaign against the false propaganda of boycott organizations", Erdan said.
Supporters of the movement say the tactics are a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause.
"The groups carried out activities via a campaign of falsehood and incitement, aiming at undermining Israel's legitimacy around the world", he said.
"The boycott organizations need to know that the state of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens", he said. According to the TV report these include BDS groups from Italy, France, South Africa, Scandinavia, and the Jewish American group Jewish Voice for Peace.
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"Clearly, the Israeli government is very aware that increasing numbers of Jews and all people worldwide support the BDS movement, and are seeking to intimidate and coerce us into silence", JVP executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson wrote in a Haaretz op-ed.
Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry has placed the left-wing, California-based Jewish Voice for Peace and five other US groups on a BDS blacklist.
Included on the 20 banned NGOs is the Quaker American Friends Service Committee, which won a 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for helping refugees flee the Holocaust during WW2.
"Israel's decision to specifically ban JVP is disconcerting but not surprising, given the further erosion of democratic norms and rising anxiety about the power of BDS as a tool to demand freedom", the organization said.
Israel's obsession with targeting the BDS movement has caused it to ignore a group's long history of support for Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.
Even so, a slew of other musicians have defied boycott calls and performed.