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US bars entry to Palestinian founder of Israel boycott group

AP  |  Washington 

A founder of the Palestinian-led movement against has been blocked from entering the

The movement says in a statement that (bar-GOO'-tee) was travelling to the US for a speaking tour, including meetings with journalists and policymakers in

It says Barghouti was told by at that his US visa was revoked for "immigration reasons" and he wasn't allowed to board his flight.

The State Department is declining comment, citing the confidentiality of visa records.

The BDS movement advocates boycotts, against Israeli businesses, universities and cultural institutions.

It's made significant gains in recent years, particularly among foreign artists and university students.

says the movement masks its motives to delegitimise or destroy the Jewish state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 23:15 IST