Israel bans entry for two more US activists

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Israel has banned an American activist who has worked for years helping Palestinians in Gaza, after denying her entry into the country, detaining her for hours and deporting her against her will.  The woman’s ban comes after Israel banned five U.S. citizens at the border in July, all of them the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation, and another American woman last week crossing from Jordan.

Washington D.C.-based activist, Pam Bailey, 59, who has been to Gaza many times before, arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport on Sunday and told passport control the truth; that she said was there helping a Swedish women’s aid group, Women to Women (Kvinde til Kvinde), that works alongside the Switzerland-based human rights organization Euro-Mediterranean Rights Human Rights Network (EuroMed). Bailey is the head of her own EuroMed-affiliated project, We Are Not Numbers, which tries to help Palestinians under occupation tell their stories.

Pam Bailey (Photo: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor)

Pam Bailey (Photo: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor)

Although she had a permit arranged by Kvinde til Kvinde to enter Gaza, Bailey faces a decade-long ban from entering the area, after Israel decided she was working with an activist group that they told her was “illegal” in the state.

After waiting for an hour in a small room, a border official “just informed me I was going to be deported and I would not be allowed to go to Gaza for ten years,” she said. The official did not offer an avenue for appeal. She says she feels devastated by the ban because the young people she helps out in Gaza are like her extended family. Her interest in the region began years ago.

“Basically, my first trip to the West Bank in 2007 was driven by a fascination with the Middle East, a sympathy for Palestinians and a desire to return to my reporting roots by experiencing this area of conflict for myself. The people I met there, and the injustice I witnessed, turned that curiosity into a passion,” she said.

Bailey’s ban comes as Israel cracks down on international attempts at intervention into its military occupation of Palestinian areas, encouraging Israelis to inform on outside agitation by visitors who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Bailey believes that in her case Israel wants to undermine Palestinian civil society groups and make them dependent on outsiders, easier for the state can control.

The Israeli government has called on citizens to ‘turn in’ boycott activists for deportation. (Image: Carlos Latuff)

The Israeli government has called on citizens to ‘turn in’ boycott activists for deportation. (Image: Carlos Latuff)

“They don’t want an independent Palestine working, but they’re totally fine with internationals cleaning up dirty work,” Bailey said.

The U.S. Campaign, whose five members found themselves turned back from Ben Gurion in July, found no help from U.S. consular officials. The U.S. State Department acknowledges the reality of this discrimination, the U.S. Campaign writes.

“Four of the five delegates who were questioned, held, and denied entry were people of color and Muslim, and the fifth had a long beard. Israel has ethnically and religiously profiled visitors so often that the State Department’s travel advisory for Israel reads: “Some US citizens of Arab or Muslim heritage not on the Palestinian Population Registry or otherwise prohibited from entering Israel have experienced significant difficulties and unequal and hostile treatment at Israel’s borders and checkpoints,'” the U.S. Campaign said.

Bailey’s story reflects that of another American activist, Charlotte Kates, whom Israel turned away from a land border crossing on August 15. Kates said she received a five-year ban.

She was there as the international coordinator for the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, on a trip to support Bilal Kayed, a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner of Israel. Kates was the subject of lengthy interrogation about her association with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, as well as her advocacy for Kayed.

Both Kates and Bailey were told verbally by officials of the length of their ban.

Bailey said that after she was summarily informed of her ban, authorities shuffled her through the Kafakesque process of being forcibly deported from the state of Israel. After one small room, officials lead her to a larger one, where other travellers waited to see if they were going to be kicked out of the country.

Soon, Israeli border control officials came for her, and put her on a small van with metal bars on the windows, and drove her out of Ben Gurion into Israel to a warehouse-like detention facility. The van held one other passenger, a crying Russian woman who spoke no English.

Once at the detention center, authorities took Bailey’s possessions from her and left her under guard with another international traveler, a British woman who was on her way to work in Ramallah. That woman had also been told by Israeli border officials that she couldn’t enter the country for ten years.

“They had asked her for all the names and numbers of her coworkers and she refused to do that,” she said. Demanding to look through cell phones and social media posts has become a common practice when facing scrutiny entering Israel.

Bailey languished in the detention facility, still deprived of her passport by border control, where the only pieces of furniture were bunk beds and a table, upon which “mystery meat subway sandwiches and water” sat.

While she was there, she tried to engage one of the guards in conversation.

“‘What threat do you think I am,’ I asked. He said ‘Don’t you think we have a right to say who can come into our country?’ so I said ‘I don’t want to come into your country. I don’t want to stay here,’” she recalled. Then the guard stopped talking.

After more waiting, Bailey encountered another bizarre twist: a medical exam. She refused.

“Then they wanted me to see one of their doctors,” she told Mondoweiss. They took her to a room “where there was a blood pressure monitor and a hypodermic needle. So I said ‘no, I am not doing this,’” she recalls.

The security officials detaining her refused to speak English, she said.

“I ended up calling them fascists, so as a result I ended up being put in a room by myself,” after refusing medical treatment she never asked for.

After several more hours of waiting, officials drove her to the tarmac at Ben Gurion and up to a United Airlines flight back to the United States. Still without all her bags or her passport, which was in the hands of a flight attendant, Bailey protested by sitting down in the aisle until a sympathetic  attendant managed to get her bag of personal items. Another piece of luggage full of GRE study books for Gazans was still in the hands of Israeli officials. Bailey never got that back.

Bailey plans to appeal her ban with the help of the group Right to Enter, which advocates on behalf of people denied entry into Israel. Sudden and unexpected denials of entry into Israel have happened to Americans of Palestinian descent as well.

Kates, the other American activist denied entry in recent days, this time at the King Hussein Bridge, said that people who appear to be Arab or Muslim, and especially Palestinian, are treated far worse than European-looking international visitors by border officials.

“Furthermore, my experience of prolonged interrogation and being held for hours at the bridge pales next to the experience of Palestinians being denied their basic right to return to enter their own homeland – part and parcel of the denial of the fundamental right of return – and subject to harsh interrogation, being deported for carrying international passports, and being subjected to cruel and degrading treatment at the border,” Kates said.

“During just my own time at the bridge, I encountered numerous Palestinians facing enormous delays and aggressive interrogation, Palestinians denied entry to their own homeland, and Palestinians presented with ‘limited-access’ entry permits prohibiting them from visiting Jerusalem. I encountered a family from Gaza who had one of the rare permits to exit via Erez/Beit Hanoun and then the bridge to Jordan to see family members. As they had studied in the US and UK, they were questioned by border guards as to why they wished to return to Gaza at all, rather than staying in another country. Border control and interrogation is part and parcel of the system of Israeli colonization and dispossession separating Palestinians from their land and seeking to force even more Palestinians outside their homeland. It is part of the same system that denies millions of Palestinians their right to return and attempts to continue the Nakba on an ongoing basis,” Kates wrote in a statement following her ordeal.

“At the same time, I also witnessed numerous holders of international passports singled out for their names, visibly Muslim or Arab appearance, or travels to Arab countries, and subject to degrading and offensive interrogations regarding their religion and personal relationships,” Kates continued.

Right to Enter, the entry advocacy group, has advice for people held up at Ben Gurion or a land-crossing. Even if Israel denies you entry, it’s not the end of the story.

“Remain calm but firm.  Remember you are not alone in being denied entry and many before you have been successful in entering even after being denied entry, some by making an appeal case on the spot and others by returning a few days/weeks afterwards,”  their website reads on what to do if denied entry  “DO NOT throw a tantrum or insult the officials.  This will only antagonize the situation.”

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  1. Kay24
    August 25, 2016, 11:47 am

    According to it’s mouthpieces here in the US, Israel is the only true “democracy” in the Middle East, and banning entry for two Americans, the nation that aids and arms them, is totally discriminating American citizens who are their for various reasons, and if Israel has nothing to fear and know they have nothing to hide, would welcome any kind of investigation or examination. After all, we know that there is a lot of interrogation and harassment going on at Ben Gurion airport, and that the US State department has warned Americans of such arrogant behavior from our only ally in the ME.

    Apparently the Shin Bet security are using Gestapo tactics:

    “US citizens say that they were detained and harassed by Israeli Shin Bet security upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. US tourists were interrogated, given body searches, photographed, and their bags were searched meticulously.

    Shin Bet agents also demanded access to tourists’ personal email accounts and then read through every email and recorded a number of tourists’ personal contacts’ names, emails and telephone numbers.

    Haaretz.com reports that after five hours of questioning, US tourists were forced to wait another three hours, after which they were told that they would be refused entry into Israel. The tourists spent the night in a detention facility at Ben Gurion Airport and were deported some 14 hours after landing in Israel.

    For the full story please read the article on Haaretz.com : http://www.haaretz.com/israel-airport-security-demands-access-to-tourist

    To think our spineless congress and the WH keeps showering our only “ally” in the ME , with all that aid and unwavering support, after they treat American citizens like dirt, is unbelievable.
    You would expect such uncivilized behavior from a dictatorship or a rogue nation.

    • Marnie
      August 25, 2016, 12:19 pm

      “You would expect such uncivilized behavior from a dictatorship or a rogue nation.”

      Yes, but to be fair, israhell is a fascist rogue nation! That also happens to be the united states one true ‘ally’ in the ME. It is insane that american citizens are treated like dogs by these bastards. I hope Ms. Bailey and others raise as much hell as they possibly can, give interviews and spread this news far and wide. God knows if an israeli was treated like this in the united states, Netanyahoo would be on a plane to pull a stare down at the united nations, faster than you can say passport control.

      • Kay24
        August 25, 2016, 9:55 pm

        It is absolute arrogance, and thumbing its nose at the US.

        Americans leaders and congress forgets national pride when it comes to being treated badly by the nation they send aid the most. They keep turning the other cheek.

      • Marnie
        August 26, 2016, 12:06 am

        “Americans leaders and congress forgets national pride when it comes to being treated badly by the nation they send aid the most. They keep turning the other cheek. ”

        Another thing I’ve noticed they seem to forget is they need votes to keep their fucking jobs, unless the rules have been changed since I’ve been gone?

    • eljay
      August 25, 2016, 12:35 pm

      || Kay24: According to it’s mouthpieces here in the US, Israel is the only true “democracy” in the Middle East … ||

      Yup, and you can tell that Israel is the only true “democracy” in the Middle East by the way it militarily occupies and colonizes territory outside of its / Partition borders, controls access to that territory and then denies entry to people wishing to help victims of its past and on-going (war) crimes.

      Why, it’s a veritable “moral beacon”*!
      __________________
      (*But it’s not quite as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”.)

    • Citizen
      August 26, 2016, 4:59 am

      That link to Haaretz has been broken.

    • Cazador
      August 26, 2016, 9:03 am

      Kay24, democrassy is a more fitting status for zionist, fascist, apartheid Israel, don’t you think? Obviously, BDS is the scariest tactict against Israel, and we must keep working on it and pushing it through the whole world. Zionists have become Afrikaners, and that probably explains the connections with South Africa and the sharing of experiments on nuclear research, and POSSIBLY testing a nuclear bomb off South Africa, over the Indian ocean and the South Atlantic in 1979, in what is called The Vela Incident. Even today that matter is still argued about without definite proof. Or is it with paid for denying and/or silence?

      http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Safrica/Vela.html

      EXCERPT:
      As described above, in 1991 Seymour Hersh in The Samson Option quoted a number of source Israeli sources as saying that the test was a joint Israeli and South African operation [Hersh 1991]. If it was an Israeli test, one must speculate exactly how it was done. Hersh claims Israeli navy ships were sent – but Israeli has a small blue water Navy most of which is based in the Mediterranean. It would require a very unusual extended deployment out of the area to reach the Indian Ocean for a test – and the whereabouts of Israel’s navy ships around the time of the test would provide a means for evaluating its plausibility. I do not know whether anyone has publicly documented information about this – although I have been told by someone convincingly representing himself as a former South African naval intelligence officer that in fact Israel’s ships were not unaccountably absent around this time. Even if so, the possibilities exist of staging the test using commercial ships – operated by Israeli crews possibly under a front company, as an all-airborne operation using air-to-air refueled transports, or by using South African platforms.

  2. lonely rico
    August 25, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Marnie recently described Israel as a “lesion” in Palestine.
    It certainly never misses an opportunity to suppurate every chance it gets, particularly when dealing with the un-chosen.

  3. amigo
    August 25, 2016, 4:31 pm

    Activist asked by Israeli immigration official ,if he /she believed in always telling the truth , replies , of course ” , and is summarily denied entry .

    Cannot have the truth leaking out to all those billions of goyim. What happens in Israel , stays in Israel.

  4. Talkback
    August 25, 2016, 5:31 pm

    ‘Israel decided she was working with an activist group that they told her was “illegal” in the state.’

    Helping Nonjews who are suffering from
    Jewish oppression is a crime. It’s even antisemitic.

  5. weiss
    August 26, 2016, 2:43 am

    Absolutely Brutal ….

    Quid pro quo…

    And you expect the US to add Israel to the Visa Waiver Program???

    After watching Sen Barbara Boxer practically beg and pander for the Waiver Program last year , I needed to take a shower…

  6. Citizen
    August 26, 2016, 4:51 am

    Did Obama give Netanyahu that promised $45 or $50 billion package yet? Our dear Uncle “Bibi,” is really pissed because, while Obama is upping the annual lavish dole, he wants to end giving 26% of it to directly subsidize Israel’s weapons industry, which has been competing directly with our very own militia industrial complex. Doing well too, e.g., Israel is #1 in drone sales, USA is #2.

    Meanwhile, taxpaying non-Jewish American citizens are being treated like crap at Israel’s airport?

    The Alt-Right is being dismissed on mainstream US news media as a fringe group in America, as a throwback to the days before the civil rights movement came to fruition, as a handful of leftover “white supremacists.” Yet in Israel it seems to be thriving, enabled by the US government. Rachel Maddow, as I type this, doesn’t seem to notice–she’s spearing Trump with great relish and gusto for characterizing Hillary as our very own Angela Merkel.

  7. Qualtrough
    August 26, 2016, 7:41 am

    Somewhere deep in the bowels of some JSIL government office there must be a think-tank tasked with devising ways to make people dislike them even more. “Just got off the phone with Bibi. Looks like our approval rating rose by 0.5% last month. He’s doing all he can to bring that back down, but he can’t do it all by himself! He thought the bicycle vid was great, but we have got to come up with some more ideas STAT!”

    • catalan
      August 26, 2016, 11:15 am

      must be a think-tank tasked with devising ways to make people dislike them even more. – Qualthrough
      It is fascinating how shallow minds always think in terms of like and dislike. Life is one big competition about who will get more likes on Facebook. My thinking is, who cares? I live a decent life,l in the United States, and I am well aware that many people outside hate the US. Why should that affect me? Interestingly, Israel is one of the most hated countries, and yet its citizens score very high on personal happiness.
      This goes back to the Olympic handshake. Treat people based on individual merit and not what government runs their country.
      I was doing some interviews recently at my government office and I was thinking how far from our minds was the national or religious affiliation of the potential employees. The person selected simply had the right attitude and skills. Because when you have the same skills the person with the correct attitude wins. I could not tell what religion these people were and names are so diverse, plus women take their husbands names and the husband might be Muslim let’s say.
      But the point is that is the greatness of America, the diversity. Other countries are not like that.

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2016, 11:32 am

        “I was doing some interviews recently at my government office and I was thinking how far from our minds was the national or religious affiliation of the potential employees.”

        The “national affiliation”? That would be “American” wouldn’t it? But not for you:

        “It makes me feel good that as an American Jew (who works for the government no less and influences it in all sorts of pernicious and anti American ways) I am stronger than Putin.” “catalan” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/catalan/#sthash.d3165rEY.dpuf

      • oldgeezer
        August 26, 2016, 12:25 pm

        @catalan

        Other countries are not like that? In your dreams. Western liberal democracies are like that.

        Israel which has delisions of grandeur and massive pretense about being a western liberal democracy is decidely not like that. It’s foundations, formation and principles are the exact opposite of that.

        Far from being a light unto nations it is trying to drag us back into the vile and evil racist philosophies that were buried by decent peoole a hundred years ago. Certainly western nations are still tainted with such rancid notions in a segment of their population but it is legislated against while in Israel it is the foundatuon of legislation.

        We are stuck with Israel. It is not going away. It needs to be dragged out of it’s racist 1800’s mindset into the modern era by it’s short and curlies.

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2016, 12:48 pm

        “We are stuck with Israel. It is not going away.”

        I protest this statement! No impediment should be placed, no arbitrary standard set, on Israel shrinking to its natural, destined size.

      • echinococcus
        August 26, 2016, 12:53 pm

        We are stuck with Israel. It is not going away. It needs to be dragged out of it’s racist 1800’s mindset into the modern era by it’s short and curlies.

        If you can imagine for a split second that any “dragging by its short and curlies” will not necessarily lead to major war –and possibly a “going away”– I want your nargileh.

      • catalan
        August 26, 2016, 3:03 pm

        Hi mooser,
        Thank you for your response. As far as national affiliation, it was just a phrase. As an immigrant, my loyalties or affiliations are fluid and uncertain. Like, sometimes I like to feel American. But then a man 18 year old Bernie bro recently told me I am Bulgarian, even though I have lived in this country longer than he has been alive.
        I like living in New Mexico because people here do not think like that. Like many are Mexican or other immigrants and it is accepted that we just all try to get along. On this site, there is a strong current of we are American, we are the best, us vs them. I was just saying in the real world, thankfully it is not like that. I have never encountered people who care about what country I like etc. generally the more “patriotic” people are, the more you find it is a sham that fills the void of their insecurities.

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2016, 4:42 pm

        “As far as national affiliation, it was just a phrase.”

        Yup, like most everything you write, just more bullshit, and spin, and bullshit.

      • Froggy
        August 28, 2016, 10:31 pm

        catalan :: This goes back to the Olympic handshake. Treat people based on individual merit and not what government runs their country.

        Yeah. Like some Israeli or super-sensitive Jew of some other nationality would shake the hand of an athlete representing a country whose head of state is a holocaust denier. Sure. tell me another one.

        It’s all about whose ox is being gored.

        Why should that affect me? Interestingly, Israel is one of the most hated countries, and yet its citizens score very high on personal happiness.

        Have you ever been there? I have, on business. There is a lot there to hate. They don’t even treat each other well. They also lie a lot.

        These people were not at all like the American Jews I knew when I lived in NY.

        Maybe they are so happy because they steal everything that isn’t bolted down. They even steal the reparation money paid to them by the French, Germans, and Poles for the purpose of caring for the elderly holocaust survivors, leaving these victims to live in the most dire poverty :

        http://www.jpost.com/National-News/50000-Holocaust-survivors-in-Israel-living-in-poverty-report-finds-350178

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3418861/Persecuted-Nazi-Europe-left-die-squalor-Israel-Holocaust-survivors-left-poverty-Jewish-state-make-plea-help-world-remembers-slaughter-six-million.html

        http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/05/04/holocaust-remembrance-day-israels-needy-survivors-still-suffer/83913468/

        Only scum would do something like this. Everyone knows that the Israelis treat non-Jews very badly. But these survivors are their own people, and they are cheating their own people of the money that is rightfully theirs.

        But the point is that is the greatness of America, the diversity. Other countries are not like that.

        Un huh. And how many unarmed black American teens have been shot dead in the street by the police in the towns and cities where they live? Is that your idea of how ‘diversity’ works?

        But tell me…. If Israel is such a happy place, why did you immigrate to the US rather than moving to this wonderful country? Hmmm?

        Nevermind. You got yours, so you’re happy.

  8. Kay24
    August 26, 2016, 9:12 am

    Time the world accepted the fact that Israel lies and will do/say anything to make the Palestinians suffer. The arrogance of occupiers. From Nutty to the illegal settler, they all lie.

    Diplomats: Israel has provided no evidence against indicted World Vision employee

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160825-diplomats-israel-has-provided-no-evidence-against-indicted-world-vision-employee/

  9. Doubtom
    August 26, 2016, 5:52 pm

    Apparently it’s past time for us to stop aid to this troublesome state. It can’t receive our citizens it shouldn’t be receiving our dollars! To hell with Israel!

  10. Amy1
    August 26, 2016, 6:46 pm

    Israel needs to do ten times worse than this to cause a dent in the facade of Israeli American bromance. They should humiliate Americans because unfortunately in my personal experience American people are too politically self absorbed to bother about the acts of their own state and only start caring when they feel the pinch. Their attitude to their own senseless wars of aggression was the same as Israel’s until they started feeling the effects in their own state be it to the economy or security.

  11. Ally_Mayhem
    August 30, 2016, 10:45 am

    Wow! The level of anti semitism is very strong here. Let me give you guys a history lesson. Israel has been home to the Jews for over 5000 years. Roughly 2000 years ago, the Romans invaded Israel and either enslaved the Jews or sent them into exile. The Romans named the land Palestine before Islam even existed. In 1917, there was the Balfour declaration that specifically stated that the Jews had the right to return to the land. In 1922, the land was devided into Jordan for the muslims and British mandate Palestine which was meant for the Jews. That was still the partition in 1948 when Israel became independent. There was no Muslim occupied Palestine at the time.

    • oldgeezer
      August 30, 2016, 12:45 pm

      @ally mayhem

      Thanks for the comedic fairy tale. When will you get into actual history?

    • eljay
      August 30, 2016, 1:02 pm

      || Ally_Mayhem: Wow! The level of anti semitism is very strong here. … ||

      Yes, Zio-supremacists do say some surprisingly anti-Semitic things.

      || … Let me give you guys a history lesson. … ||

      You say history, but you really mean Zio-supremacist “history”.

      || … Israel has been home to the Jews for over 5000 years. … ||

      Israel has been home to Israeli Jews and non-Jews for ~70 years. Before that, Palestine was home to Palestinian Jews and non-Jews.

      Neither Israel nor Palestine is or was the home of “the Jews” (an anti-Semitic term, by the way).

      || … The Romans named the land Palestine before Islam even existed. … ||

      Thanks for so clearly refuting the claim often made by Zio-supremacists that Palestine never existed.

      || … In 1922, the land was devided into Jordan for the muslims and British mandate Palestine which was meant for the Jews. That was still the partition in 1948 when Israel became independent. … ||

      Palestine was divided into two: One part for an Israeli state, one part for a Palestinian state. Israel declared its independence within the Partition borders it was assigned, and has been stealing, occupying and colonizing the rest of Palestine ever since.

    • talknic
      August 30, 2016, 2:34 pm

      @ Ally_Mayhem August 30, 2016, 10:45 am

      “Wow! The level of anti semitism is very strong here.”

      Cite it … verbatim … thx

      ” Let me give you guys a history lesson. Israel has been home to the Jews for over 5000 years. “

      It’s been home for others for far far longer. King David conquered someone who lived there before Judaism was even thought of and Jewish history in the region was as Palestinian Jews for far longer than any Kingdom of David or State of Israel. About 2,000 years, from at least the Roman era until 1948

      ” In 1917, there was the Balfour declaration that specifically stated that the Jews had the right to return to the land.”

      The Balfour declaration was one government minister. It wasn’t even British policy at the time. The declaration wasn’t even discussed in the British Parliament at the time! It was only later adopted into the LoN Mandate for Palestine, in particular Article 7

      “In 1922, the land was devided into Jordan for the muslims and British mandate Palestine which was meant for the Jews”

      Bullsh*t! Read Article 7 of the LoN Mandate for Palestine http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/palmanda.asp#art7

      “That was still the partition in 1948 when Israel became independent”

      More bullsh*t! The partition plan divided the territory into two parts. The LoN Mandate for Palestine demanded the British keep Palestine as one state for both Jews and non-Jewish Palestinians and assist it to independent statehood. As such the British could not approve of partition.

      ” There was no Muslim occupied Palestine at the time “

      So what? Israel proclaimed its frontiers May 15th 1948 in its plea for International recognition as “an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, and that a provisional government has been charged to assume the rights and duties of government for preserving law and order within the boundaries of Israel, for defending the state against external aggression, and for discharging the obligations of Israel to the other nations of the world in accordance with international law. The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time.:” http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

      What lay outside of those frontiers was quite simply not Israeli. Nor has Israel legally annexed any of the territories it illegally acquired by war since declaring its frontiers effective at 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time)

      Go Ziopoop elsewhere

    • Mooser
      August 30, 2016, 2:41 pm

      “Wow! The level of anti semitism is very strong here.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/israel-entry-activists/#comment-171863

      Well, well, the ‘underscore’ trick seems to be catching on. Let’s see if it’s fixed (click, click) Nope. I bet word is getting around.

    • Tuyzentfloot
      August 30, 2016, 3:06 pm

      Wow! The level of anti semitism is very strong here.

      The farce is strong in this one.

      • MHughes976
        August 30, 2016, 4:28 pm

        These no-archivists are rather disturbing. As to history, Mondoweiss kindly published an article by me on June 22 1913 arguing that ‘Palestine’ is (thanks to Herodotus) the only name for the entirety of modern Palestine known, at least clearly attested, from pre-Roman times, though I think now that I should have said something about the Seleucid ‘Coele Syria’, which the Romans must have disliked. They made ‘Judaea’ or ‘Kingdom of the Jews’ into international usage until the traditional ‘Palestine’ returned, rather slowly and undramatically, after 135 CE and Bar-Kochba. It does seem that Jews were prevented, at least in theory, from living within sight of Jerusalem but Jewish life continued vigorously elsewhere, Galilee in particular, where there are so many ancient synagogues. There was no mass enslavement or expulsion, though there were indeed large Jewish presences elsewhere, Jewish people having long been very international-minded.

      • Mooser
        August 30, 2016, 5:46 pm

        “They made ‘Judaea’ or ‘Kingdom of the Jews’ into international usage until the traditional ‘Palestine’ returned, rather slowly and undramatically, after 135 CE and Bar-Kochba.”

        The relationship between Judea and Rome had some ups and downs.
        Some valuable lessons there on Jewish self-government.

    • Mooser
      August 30, 2016, 5:42 pm

      ” Let me give you guys a history lesson.”

      I think he is giving us a Requerimiento!!
      Take it away, Don Bizzaro.

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