An Israeli judge has agreed to temporarily suspend the travel ban on Omar Barghouti. As a result, he will come to the United States to accept the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace in person. The co-winner of the award is consumer and peace activist Ralph Nader.
We’re delighted that Omar Barghouti will be able to come to the United States to accept this well-deserved award for his leadership in the non-violent struggle for Palestinian human rights. It comes at a time when the U.S. Congress is taking up bills to deny Americans the right to boycott Israel’s system of occupation and apartheid as many had done against apartheid South Africa. Barghouti will able to give a first-hand account of life for Palestinians under draconian Israeli government rule and the exact nature of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement which he helped found.
The petition we sponsored calling for the dismissal of charges against Barghouti and for the restoration of his travel rights received nearly 900 signatures. We sent it to Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel earlier this week.
So come to the ceremony at 4 p.m. this Sunday, April 23, 1 Prospect St. in New Haven