Politico writes

Israel’s U.N. ambassador Gilad Erdan told Israeli radio on Wednesday morning that the country has denied a visa to U.N. Under Secretary-General Martin Griffiths, following Guterres’ comments.

Have there been cases before when Israel denied visas to high-level UN personnel?

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    Does non-renewal of OHCHR country director's visa count? aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/16/… Before anyone says "don't answer in the comment", I'm not sure if country director is "high-level", and whether denying is equal to non-renewing
    – Martheen
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 10:05
  • @Martheen: it seems a reasonable example since it appears it was retaliation for something OHCHR did. Of course I left the terms somewhat ambiguous in the Q because I didn't know of that event. "High-level" was meant to exclude them denying visa to some UNRWA staff for some mundane reason, etc. Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 17:42

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As clarified in the comment, there's at least one instance in 2020 where Israel suspended the relationship with OHCHR and chose to not renew their foreign staff's visa, forcing them to leave, including the country director. The suspension is retaliation for OHCHR publishing lists of companies working in illegal settlements in the West Bank. While Israel also suspended their relationship with OHCHR in 2012, I can't find if there was any visa denial, revocation, or non-renewal during that spat.

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