Incident marks first time Israel has implemented new law that bars entry by foreign activists who support BDS movement

Five US Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders have been barred from Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country.

The Israeli interior minister, Aryeh Deri, said in a statement on Tuesday that the five had a long record of advocacy for the BDS movement, which seeks to ostracize Israel by lobbying corporations, artists and academic institutions to sever ties with the Jewish state.

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