Clare Short, who served as the United Kingdom's international development secretary, might be arrested if she tries to enter Israel, The Independent reported on Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon invoked a state-of-emergency statute that outlawed the Council for European Palestinian Relations, which describes itself as an "independent not-for-profit organization established to promote dialogue and understanding between European, Palestinian and Arab parliamentarians and policymakers." Ya'alon designated the group an "unauthorized association," a move that essentially makes it an illegal entity Israel.
As a result, CEPR members who enter Israel could face criminal charges and have their assets seized.
The paper said that Short would be in legal jeopardy if she visited Israel. Short serves as CEPR's Board of Trustees chairwoman. According to the paper, the group "lobbies on behalf of the Hamas-led Gaza government." The senior leadership of the organization includes other European politicians, as well. Dr. Arafat Shoukri serves as its director.
"As CEPR is Palestinian led, and given Israel's track record, the defense minister's action is not surprising, but it is yet more evidence that Israel's claim to be a democracy is eroding very fast," Short told the British paper.