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The prominent British campaign group War on Want has been listed as one of 20 foreign NGOs whose representatives are banned from visiting Israel over their support of the pro-Palestinian boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) movement.

Israeli officials said the blacklist is part of a policy aimed at turning the tables on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Numerous organizations on the list are affiliated with the "boycott, divestment and sanctions" movement, or BDS, which discourages the purchase of Israeli goods and pressures global companies and celebrities to avoid doing business with or in Israel. It includes the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and War on Want.

Rehman urged the British government to condemn "this latest crackdown on human rights defenders" through measures such as the "suspension of trade ties with Israel, including the arms trade".

Israel had previously refused to divulge the full list of blacklisted groups.

The project will work to counter BDS pressure applied to artists, performers, and commercial enterprises not to engage with Israel.

He called the Israeli move similar to the tactics used by the apartheid regime in South Africa when it tried to censor critics.

Hugh Lanning, chair of the PSC, said in a statement: "This latest announcement should be a wakeup call for the United Kingdom government and all those who continue to describe Israel as a normal liberal democracy".

Ismail Patel, the chair of the Friends of Al-Aqsa, said, "the blacklist clearly demonstrates how far Israel is willing to go to stifle the legitimate voice of dissent". Only states that wish to protect their ability to act unjustly behave in this way.

Israel's Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said that organizations critical of Israel would not be allowed to visit the Jewish state and harm the citizens, adding that it was a shift "from defense to offense".

"Forming a list is another step in our campaign against the false propaganda of boycott organizations", Erdan said.

A statement by Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry said those who have carried out "significant, ongoing and consistent harm to Israel through advocating boycotts may be considered to have their entry barred".

In one published reaction by a BDS advocate to the new Israeli restrictions, the head of Jewish Voice for Peace in the USA emphasized her family connections to Israel. Most recently, pop singer Lorde joined a number of other performers who have canceled performances in Israel amid pressure from BDS activists.