Jerusalem – Boycott Leader Calls Israeli Tax Fraud Probe ‘Vicious Lies’


    FILE - Omar Barghouti speaks to artists travelling with the 2014 Palestine Festival of Literature about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel on June 3, 2014 in Acre, Israel. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images) Jerusalem – The founder of an anti-Israel boycott movement says the Israeli authorities’ investigation into his suspected tax evasion is based on “vicious lies.”

    Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian who holds Israeli residency, says Saturday he is not allowed to delve into details of his case because of a gag order. But he insists the probe is politically motivated.

    The Israel Tax Authority says Barghouti is suspected of evading taxes between 2007-2017 on $700,000 in income from managing a cash machine business, and on income from lectures around the world and royalties on a book.

    Barghouti is a founder of the BDS movement advocating boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Supporters say BDS is a nonviolent movement for Palestinian independence, but Israel says it aims to delegitimize the Jewish state.

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