Monday, July 10, 2006

(Palestinian) Yankees Go Home --
Via Haaretz - Israel bars Palestinian Americans for first time since 1967.

The West Bank is no longer an easy place for European and American Palestianians. A member of the Israeli Interior Ministry "conceded that 90-day visa entry cards, which were once routinely granted in the past, especially to U.S. citizens, are now more difficult to obtain, specifically for Palestinian American citizens traveling to the West Bank and for U.S. nationals affiliated with humanitarian organizations." Also affected are citizens of Arab countries with a close relative dead or dying. One reason given is "that applications for visitation permits be authorized by a low-ranking official from the Palestinian Interior Ministry, who is not affiliated with Hamas. The ministry refuses to comply with this condition."
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