Human Rights Watch on Monday vowed to continue fighting the violation of Palestinians\u0026#039; human rights by the Israeli government as the organization\u0026#039;s director for the region was expelled from Israel.Omar Shakir was forced out of the country three weeks after the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the government\u0026#039;s decision to revoke his work visa on the grounds that he supports a boycott of Israel.Neither Shakir nor Human Rights Watch (HRW) endorses a boycott of the country; they do oppose businesses which operate in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as the settlements violate the 1949 Geneva Conventions.\u0022Today, Israel deports Shakir because Human Rights Watch urges businesses to shun illegal settlements. Who\u0026#039;s next—someone who calls for the International Criminal Court to examine possible crimes in Israel and Palestine or correctly calls the West Bank \u0026#039;occupied\u0026#039; rather than \u0026#039;disputed\u0026#039;?\u0022 —Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch\u0022This decision shows why the international community must reboot its approach to Israel\u0026#039;s deteriorating human rights record,\u0022 Kenneth Roth, HRW\u0026#039;s executive director, said in a statement. \u0022A government that expels a leading human rights investigator is not likely to stop its systematic oppression of Palestinians under occupation without much greater international pressure.\u0022In an editorial at Common Dreams, journalist Juan Cole rejected the Israeli government\u0026#039;s reasoning for deporting Shakir.\u0022It is the slow ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and the settling on their property of Israeli squatters that Tel Aviv did not want Human Rights Watch to observe,\u0022 Cole wrote.The organization argued that Israel joined dictatorships like Egypt in expelling human rights workers.\u0022But it, too, will not succeed in hiding its human rights abuses,\u0022 Roth said.\u0022Human Rights Watch\u0026#039;s work on human rights abuses committed by Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas will continue under Shakir\u0026#039;s direction,\u0022 the organization said. \u0022He will be based in another Human Rights Watch office in the region.\u0022Roth added that Shakir\u0026#039;s expulsion could be just the first of many deportations as the Isreali government continues its attacks on Palestinians\u0026#039; human rights and its efforts to silence dissent.\u0022Today, Israel deports Shakir because Human Rights Watch urges businesses to shun illegal settlements,\u0022 said Roth. \u0022Who\u0026#039;s next—someone who calls for the International Criminal Court to examine possible crimes in Israel and Palestine or correctly calls the West Bank \u0026#039;occupied\u0026#039; rather than \u0026#039;disputed\u0026#039;?\u0022As Shakir left the country, he told reporters, \u0022I\u0026#039;ll be back.\u0022“Goodbye, everyone! I’ll be back!” - @OmarSShakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel-Palestine Director being deported today by the Israeli government for his human rights advocacy, leaving the press conference and heading to the airport... pic.twitter.com/mczUwrMWXl— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) November 25, 2019\u0022I\u0026#039;ll be back when the day comes that we have succeeded in dismantling the system of discrimination impacting Israelis and Palestinians,\u0022 Shakir said at a press conference.