The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Palestinian-Americans barred from entering Palestine

The ever-tightening noose:
Israel bars Palestinian Americans for first time since 1967

By Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent

For the first time since 1967, Israel is preventing the entry of Palestinians with foreign citizenship, most of them Americans.

Most of those refused entry are arriving from abroad, but have lived and worked for years in the West Bank.

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The Interior Ministry and Civil Administration made no formal announcement about a policy change, leaving returnees to discover the situation when they reach the border crossings.

By various estimates, the ban has so far affected several thousand American and European nationals, whom Israel has kept from returning to their homes and jobs, or from visiting their families in the West Bank. This could potentially impact many more thousands who live in the territories - including university instructors and researchers, employees working in various vital development programs and business owners - as well as thousands of foreign citizens who pay annual visits to relatives there. The policy also applies to foreigners who are not Palestinian but are married to Palestinians, and to visiting academics.
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Update: Five Arab and Jewish members of a Belgian NGO, Artists Against the Wall, were refused entry yesterday.