Israeli authorities denied the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Israel & Palestine Director Omar Shakir a work visa.
According to HRW, Israel’s Interior Ministry accused it of “Palestinian propaganda” and not being a “real human rights group.”
The well-known nongovernmental human rights organization has a history of being critical of Israel’s many human rights violations which it says are labeled as such according to international law and conventions.
Iain Levine, deputy executive director of programs at Human Rights Watch said the decision and the “spurious rationale” behind it “should worry anyone concerned about Israel’s commitment to basic democratic values.”
Shakir said on social media that its decision, “puts Israel in the company of states like Egypt, North Korea and Sudan who have blocked access for our staff members.”