Israel has ordered the senior representative of human rights watch in the country to leave within 14 days.

 

The interior ministry said it had terminated the residency permit of omar shakir, who is a us citizen, because he had supported a boycott of israel.

 

It based the decision on a government dossier covering his activities over the past decade, almost all of them predating his employment by hrw.

 

A deputy executive director of the new york-based organization  iain levine said the situation is not about shakir but rather about muzzling human rights watch and shutting down criticism of israel’s rights record.

 

Israel initially refused last year to grant hrw a permit to employ Mr. Shakir as a foreign expert but later granted him a one-year visa following criticism from the US.

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