Israel Blocks Entry to French Mayor

April, 2018

Israel prevented a French mayor from entering the country due to his support of Palestinian.

Leclerc Patrice, the mayor of the Paris suburb of Gennevilliers, was blocked from entering Israel from Jordan, said a statement from the Interior Ministry.

Officials said the decision was taken after Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan deemed Patrice a BDS supporter.  

The Communist Party of France politician arrived at the Allenby Crossing in the West Bank together with his wife.

After he was turned away, his wife decided not to enter Israel either.

A statement by the Strategic Affairs Ministry noted that in November Patrice sought to visit Palestinian lawmaker Marwan Barghouti, currently serving time in an Israeli jail after being found guilty of terror-related murder charges.

As the lord mayor was leaving Israel, immigration officials asked him to sign a document vowing to inform them the next time he plans to visit the country, which he did.

Source: Haaretz