The meshigener,Gilad Paz, a lawyer and human rights activist who supports the BDS movement against Israel, applied for asylum in Canada on the grounds of 'political persecution'; 'I realized that people like me have no place in the country.
"I am politically persecuted in Israel. I realized that people
like me have no place in the country, so I decided to leave
before it's too late," Paz said in an interview with Ynet.
Upon landing at the airport in Montreal on August 11 Paz, a
lawyer dealing with human rights and labor law, immediately
submitted a formal request for political asylum. In addition,
he was active in the human rights organization Amnesty
Israel as well as left-wing political party Meretz.
An independent lawyer, Paz has represented Arab-Israeli
clients and Palestinians from the territories.
(and just like Satmar, he said) "I haven't believed in the State
of Israel for a long time," said
Paz. "I believe that the Zionist idea was a fundamental
mistake and we are paying a heavy price for it today. The
original sin was the Nakba, and later the despicable
occupation of 1967 and the deterioration of the situation. I
support BDS because I don't think Israel understands any
exactly Satmar Ideology!
According to Paz, he decided to leave Israel and apply for
asylum in Canada due to pressure from Public Security
Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri against
"I submitted the application as a result of the
declaration by Erdan and Deri to deport and refuse entry to
BDS activists with foreign citizenship. I decided to turn to
Canada because they are the most open to requests for
political asylum," explained Paz.
"Erdan and Deri don't like people like me as much as they
don't like foreigners, but when it comes to a person like me
, who is a citizen of Israel by birth, they have a legal problem
which makes it difficult for them to deport me by force,” he