The EU on Monday called on Israel to reverse its decision to deport the Jerusalem-based director of Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“Support for human rights defenders is an integral part of the European Union’s policy on human rights,” Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for the EU Commission, said in a written statement.

“The EU stands firm in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of association and calls on the Israeli Government to reverse its decision on revoking the work visa of Omar Shakir.”

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