Israel publishes BDS blacklist of organisations banned from entering country, as anti-boycott legislation takes effect

Israel has published a list of organisations supporting a boycott campaign against the country whose activists will be banned from entering the Jewish state.

Members of 20 groups which back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement will be denied entry visas and residency rights under a controversial law.

Gary Spedding, a British cross-party consultant on Israel and the Palestinian Territories, told The Independent the blacklist was merely an excuse to legally justify barring activists and human rights observers from entering the country.