Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Israel's Borders Closed To All Palestinians

In a certain sense you could argue that Israel is practicing a form of equal rights. Now, no matter where in the world your citizenship is from, if you're Palestinian by background, Israel will deny you entry into the country. On principle. Even the US government, which gives Israel billions to help Israel beat the shit out of the Palestinians and make bully-noises to everybody else in the region, is raising a stink about these rules.
“The United States expects that all American citizens to be treated equally, regardless of their national origin,” [the Obama Administration] said in a statement. “We have let the Government of Israel know that these restrictions unfairly impact Palestinian and Arab American travellers and are not acceptable.”
Not so Harper's Tories, who haven't raised a peep. But, then, that's consistent too. The Tories have made it a habit of leaving people to rot in terrible conditions around the world. The Tory logic is, as always, if you're in trouble with the law it must be because you did something wrong.
Back to Israel, they see nothing wrong with barring entry to people based upon their ethnicity, even though 20% of their own population are Palestinian Arab.
"In Israel, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad defended the new rules, saying there was a ban on all Palestinians entering Israel, regardless of what other nationalities they hold. More than one million non-Jews, most of them Palestinian Arabs, hold Israeli citizenship and live in Israel."
Faced with an unprecedented global movement against Israeli-style Apartheid, they really aren't doing themselves any favours. No wonder public opinion has turned so decisively against Israel in relation to the recent past. In the US the number of Americans opposing Jewish settlement construction has climbed by 23 percent to three-quarters. Other stats suggest a similar swing. Israel is shooting itself in the foot. Good on it.
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