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Israel expels representative of Human Rights Watch

ISRAEL –┬áThe Israeli Interior Ministry announced that it had ordered a representative of Human Rights Watch to leave the country within 14 days, accusing him of supporting a boycott against Israel.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday that the decision proved Israel’s attempt to quell criticism of its human rights record and would appeal to the court.

The director of Human Rights Watch’s office in Israel and Palestine, Omar Shaker, holds US citizenship. He denied the charge against him.

Last year, Israel was barred from obtaining a work permit, in a move criticized by the United States. He later granted him a one-year work visa.