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Update: 5:30 p.m., Nov. 2: Writer Susan Abulhawa is said to be in the air now, on a 10:30 PM Tel Aviv time flight to New York, having been deported from Israel for the second time in three years. Her appeal of the deportation order would not have been heard till after the sabbath, too late for her to appear at a literary festival on Nov. 3.

Update, 10 a.m., Nov. 2: Overnight, a judge ruled that Susan Abulhawa should be deported. Abulhawa is appealing the decision. Her associates do not know when that appeal will be heard. She is due to speak at the Palestine Literature Festival tomorrow.

Original post, Nov. 1: The Palestinian-American writer Susan Abulhawa was detained at Ben Gurion airport this morning as she entered Israel en route to a literary festival in Palestine. Israeli authorities sought to deport her on the grounds that she did not have a visa. She has appealed the deportation and is in a detention center, according to a friend who has spoken with Abulhawa’s lawyer.

Abulhawa, 48, is scheduled to appear at the Palestinian Literature Festival, November 3-7. She is a guest of the British Council, a sponsor of the festival. The Council has stood by her throughout the deportation attempt, says her friend Linda Hanna. The Kenyon Institute, a British research group, is also representing Abulhawa.

Abulhawa is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Israel has said that it will prevent supporters of BDS from entering the country. Hanna says that Abulhawa was not asked political questions when she was detained. Rather, Israeli authorities noted that she had been deported from Israel three years ago and said she therefore should have obtained a visa before attempting to enter the country again. Abulhawa was not aware of such a rule, Hanna said.

The author of a widely-hailed novel, “Mornings in Jenin,” Abulhawa was advised by the American Embassy to appeal the order when Israeli authorities sought to put her on a plane out of the country this morning, shortly after arriving from JFK at 10:30 AM.

Based in Philadelphia, Abulhawa is from a family that has lived in Jerusalem for centuries.

She is set to appear before a judge some time tonight, Hanna said. The judge has asked her attorney whether her participation was “essential” to the festival. Hanna said the judge was told that the festival is “dependent in great part on her being there.”

Her detention follows the deportation of activists who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Last summer Israel deported Ariel Gold of CodePink and Katherine Franke, a Columbia law professor and member of Jewish Voice for Peace. Abulhawa’s detention also comes on the heels of the 16-day detention of a Palestinian-American student Lara Alqasem, last month, even though she had a visa to study at Hebrew University, because she had supported BDS in the past. Alqasem was ultimately allowed to enter. And over the summer two leading liberal Zionists were stopped and questioned about their political views at Ben Gurion, Meyer Koplow and Peter Beinart, Koplow on his way out, Beinart on his way in.

We will update this story as we learn more.

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  1. Marnie
    Marnie
    November 2, 2018, 8:11 am

    I can’t get over the gall of this govt, to detain a reknown like Ms. Susan Abulhawa. They have no shame now, but will someday I’m sure of it.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 2, 2018, 9:33 am

      @Marnie

      You can most certainly be “sure of it.”

      The illegal/brutal occupier and ethnic cleanser entity referred to as “Israel” is in panic mode. It is increasingly and correctly viewed around the world, including the U.S. and most importantly, among Jews everywhere (especially youth), as a fascistic pariah, an abomination and a betrayal of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. “Israel” is scared to death of Susan Abulhawa and other eminent writers who see and convey the ugly truth.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 2, 2018, 9:45 am

        That’s right. What goes up, will come down.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        November 2, 2018, 10:08 am

        True, much more afraid of BDS than of Iran.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 2, 2018, 10:44 pm

        @mst

        “Panic mode”. I don’t think you have a good grasp on how well Israel is doing in areas outside of the Arab/israeli conflict. If this is Israel panicking, after municipal elections and foreign policy triumphs I can not imagine what you’d think if there was something even remotely close to panic. Anti-bds policy is punitive as bds is meant to be but hardly panic. It’s still all about the propaganda of bds, the publicity it gains and its alliance with far left radicalism and not about the actual economic damage done which is negligible if at all. There may come a time in the near future when the policy of ignoring bds will become popular again.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      November 2, 2018, 9:57 am

      Israel is like the GOP. It has its own reality. It can’t sell it to outsiders so it lies.

      Someone wrote an article today in the Guardian about antisemism. She is writing a book about Jewish humanitarianism. The chapter on Israel would fit on the back of a cigarette packet.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/01/pittsburgh-american-british-antisemitism-synagogue-immigration-jews

      My favorite quote from the piece:

      “Oppression of Palestinians by the state of Israel is blamed on Jews. “

      • pgtl10
        pgtl10
        November 2, 2018, 12:57 pm

        Another nonsense projection designed to shut down debate about Israel’s trash policies. They insist on a Jewish state which perpetuates the murder, colonization, and apartheid policies onto the Jewish population.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 2, 2018, 10:47 pm

        @mg

        I think your constant references to how soon Israel will be’going down’ and in its death throws shows that you too are in your own reality bubble.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 3, 2018, 3:50 am

        Da Bakr, habibi

        If things aren’t meant to last they don’t
        New Zealand/Aotearoa is an example of sustainable settler colonialism.Nobody gets brainwashed. Nobody gets shot by the goons of the state.
        New Zealanders are part of the reality based community.

        Israel is for the birds.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 3, 2018, 4:05 am

        @dab

        “There is none so blind as those who will not see”.

        I think your constant attempts at refutation are the symptoms of a disease that is religious/ethnic supremacy, which come from living in a toxic environment. You sound no different than the talking heads of netanyahoo government, hard core trump supporters, hard core Brexiteers or any other govt whose main function is to frighten those people who feel their place and status is being usurped by the ‘other’.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 2, 2018, 2:33 pm

      @Marnie, et al

      Meanwhile, a genuine raving fascist is warmly welcomed and feted on behalf of the entity known as “Israel” by PM Bibi Netanyahu, a fellow fascist,

      http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2018/Nov-01/468152-brazil-will-move-its-embassy-in-israel-to-jerusalem-bolsonaro.ashx

      “Brazil will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: Bolsonaro” The Daily Star (Lebanon), Nov. 1/18

      “RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday, making the Latin American giant the largest country after the United States to make the controversial switch.

      “‘As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that,” Bolsonaro tweeted, a move that will defy Palestine and most of the world.’

      “In interviews, Bolsonaro said Israel should have the right to decide where its capital is located, just as Brazil moved its capital from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia in 1960.”
      ___________________________________________________________________________________

      According to Bolsonaro’s “logic,” if he had decided to do so, Hitler would have had the right to move Germany’s capital to occupied Paris. As Paris was under the boot of the Nazis during WWII, East Jerusalem is currently illegally (and brutally) occupied by “Israel.” Brasilia, however, was and is still a city within Brazil’s legal borders.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 3, 2018, 4:10 am

        No surprise that Brazil’s president-elect is making xenophobic, racist statements and of course will be locating Brazil’s embassy, following the move by the blight of the nations, it’s lap dog the united states and other syncophants. Is it only a coincidence that leaders of the world are becoming more and more tribal, racist and violent? It’s like something aligning in the cosmos, a perfect storm, or is it just a game of global dominoes?

  2. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    November 2, 2018, 10:40 am

    Israel is the black sheep of the OECD. The actions it takes to continue apartheid are all beyond the pale. Trump threatened to shoot rock throwers. Israel kills them. Here is a reply to the Trump proposal

    Joe Kassabian
    Joe Kassabian
    @jkass99
    ·
    16h
    We had rocks thrown at us all the time in Afghanistan. Responding with lethal force is a fucking war crime.

  3. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    November 2, 2018, 11:08 am

    @Mag
    “Someone wrote an article today in the Guardian about antisemitism”

    I read the article three times to try and make sense. To no avail. What a load of convoluted tosh. American “Anti-Semitism” is all about American Jews being hated for supporting immigration of non desirable foreigners as opposed to hating them for being Jewish. So it is not real “Anti – Semitism” since it does not involve criticism of Israel .”British” “anti-Semitism” is of course different as it of course involves criticism of the Chosen State:
    “As British antisemitism engages Zionism and attacks Jews as a way to vilify the Jewish state”
    No mention of the alleged British “Anti-Semitism” emanating from the left or the right. The unwritten assumption being guess what that it emanates from the Corbyn led Labour Party.

    Speaking of which fresh news here in the Uk that the Met Police are to investigate alleged “Anti – Semitic” AKA “Anti- Zionist” crimes ( no not gun rampages by Corbynista guerrillas something much much more serious = social media postings !!) in the, no silly not the Tory Party, yup you have guessed it the Labour Party Yawn,Yawn.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46070229

    Totally hilarious as she has at the same time bemoaned the fact that the Met Police are being starved of resources and this is preventing them from investigating and prosecuting serious non – Anti Zionist crimes such as paedophilia etc etc. Got to concentrate on the greatest danger to British society don`t you know = Anti – Zionist comments by members of the Labour Party.

    And as if on cue Tom Watson , yearning for another freebie jolly to Zioland pops up to have his say and Amanda Bowman on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews ( still sans Sherrif they really should get one ) has jumped on the opportunity to attempt to revive the corpse of the Zio anti – Corbyn campaign:
    “We have repeatedly set out what Labour needs to do, including taking firm action against anti-Semites and making its opaque processes transparent.”

    Credit where credit is due the BDBJ has shown itself to have been totally transparent in the last year in terms of highlighting it`s prime loyalty being to a foreign state.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      November 2, 2018, 12:25 pm

      “American “Anti-Semitism” is all about American Jews being hated for supporting immigration of non desirable foreigners as opposed to hating them for being Jewish. So it is not real “Anti – Semitism” since it does not involve criticism of Israel”

      It’s what I call a ‘which’ hunt. To distinguish which are the bad Jews and which the good. It’s like a twisted-mirror reflection of the good and bad Negro concept from the Civil Rights era.

    • annie
      annie
      November 2, 2018, 12:33 pm

      it shouldn’t be surprising as it’s sort of the natural progression from first changing the definition of a hate crime to include national and then changing the definition of anti semitism to include a state. it’s not enough to have the party investigate its members, they want the full force of the law bearing down on their adversaries. this won’t end well.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      November 2, 2018, 12:53 pm

      She is writing a book about Jewish humanitarianism and is a Zionist. She can’t square the circle.
      Zionism lives in the same space as White supremacism. Humanitarianism is a different frequency

  4. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw
    November 2, 2018, 12:21 pm

    “Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn’t think I was sufficiently deferential. Livid.”

    — susan abulhawa (@sjabulhawa) July 29, 2015

    Payback is a bitch.

    • annie
      annie
      November 2, 2018, 12:41 pm

      payback for what? her books? her tweet? her identity?

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 2, 2018, 12:48 pm

      @jackdaw

      Desperate to make a “point” and a dumb one at that, you once against accomplish nothing other than making a complete fool of yourself.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 2, 2018, 1:38 pm

        BINGO!

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      November 2, 2018, 12:55 pm

      It is , Jackdaw. And watching it come to Israel will be sweeter than knafieyeh nabulsiyeh.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      November 2, 2018, 1:40 pm

      “Jackdaw” as it becomes more difficult for you to type, remember, there are voice-to-text programs which might help.

  5. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    November 2, 2018, 1:03 pm

    This was in the Irish Times. It is about the Unionists of Northern Ireland. They are descended from settler colonists. The key take is that it never gets better.

    “Unionists were, and still are, cut off not just from Catholics and from Ireland, but from the world. It’s pure isolation. And it is so drummed into the young that they cannot let go of these views.”

    Israel is exactly the same. Identity is built around “not Arab”
    Fake identity . Anything that’s is not x is fake.

    Israel is a problem child because of the decisions Ben Gurion and Eshkol made. Judaism should dump it.

  6. captADKer
    captADKer
    November 2, 2018, 1:44 pm

    no visa no visit.
    if that’s the law then what’s the controversy?

  7. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    November 2, 2018, 2:11 pm

    Demand the Immediate Release of Prominent Palestinian Author Susan Abulhawa from Israeli Detention

    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/release-susan-abulhawa?clear_id=true

    • mondonut
      mondonut
      November 2, 2018, 4:57 pm

      @lonely rico, Demand the Immediate Release of Prominent Palestinian Author Susan Abulhawa

      No need for a petition, I am sure that she can leave for home any time she chooses.

      • chocopie
        chocopie
        November 3, 2018, 9:10 am

        No, she’s not allowed to return to her home. Just like all Palestinians.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 3, 2018, 12:02 pm

        @chocopie No, she’s not allowed to return to her home. Just like all Palestinians.

        Her home is in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

      • chocopie
        chocopie
        November 3, 2018, 2:54 pm

        Her real home is Jerusalem. Her family was forced out against their will because they weren’t Jewish.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 3, 2018, 3:32 pm

        @chocopie, Her real home is Jerusalem

        No, her home is in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She never lived in Jerusalem. Just because her parents had does not make that her home.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 3, 2018, 5:34 pm

        || mon donut: … No, her home is in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She never lived in Jerusalem. Just because her parents had does not make that her home. ||

        Good for you! It’s about time you Zionists started debunking that whole Israel is the “ancient homeland” of all Jews nonsense.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 3, 2018, 8:25 pm

        ‘Israeli labor leader Avi Gabbay called “upon the Jews of the United States to immigrate more and more to Israel, because this is their home.”’

        Have a word with him, Mondonut.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 4, 2018, 1:12 am

        @eljay It’s about time you Zionists started debunking that whole Israel is the “ancient homeland” of all Jews nonsense.

        Surely you know the difference between a home and a homeland?

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 4, 2018, 8:49 am

        || mondonut: @eljay It’s about time you Zionists started debunking that whole Israel is the “ancient homeland” of all Jews nonsense.

        Surely you know the difference between a home and a homeland? ||

        Surely I do:
        – A home is a residence in which you and/or at least one of your forebears lived.
        – A homeland is a geographic region in which you and/or at least one of your forebears live(d) and/or from which you and/or at least one of your forebears are up to n-generations removed.

        Thanks again for debunking the Zionist nonsense that geographic Palestine is the ancient / historic / one true homeland of all people in the world – citizens of homelands all over the world – who have chosen to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 4, 2018, 11:05 am

        @eljay Thanks again for debunking the Zionist nonsense

        Except of course, I said nothing of homeland, that was you. I said she can go back home whenever she chooses, her home as in her place of residence. As if that was not completely obvious.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 4, 2018, 12:05 pm

        || mondonut: @eljay Thanks again for debunking the Zionist nonsense

        Except of course, I said nothing of homeland, that was you. I said she can go back home whenever she chooses, her home as in her place of residence. As if that was not completely obvious. ||

        Yes, it’s completely obvious that Jerusalem is not her home just as it is blindingly obvious geographic Palestine is not the ancient / historic / one true homeland of every person in the world – every citizen of every homeland throughout the world – who chooses to be Jewish.

        Seriously, thank you for that.

      • just
        just
        November 4, 2018, 12:21 pm

        mondonut~

        Read and educate yourself, please:

        “As you all know by now, Israeli authorities have denied me entry into my country and I am therefore unable to attend the festival. It pains me greatly not to be with my friends and fellow writers to explore and celebrate our literary traditions with readers and with each other in our homeland. It pains me that we can meet anywhere in the world except in Palestine, the place to which we belong, from whence our stories emerge and where all our turns eventually lead. We cannot meet on soil that has been fertilized for millennia by the bodies of our ancestors and watered by the tears and blood of Palestine’s sons and daughters who daily fight for her. …

        … What I said in 2015 to my interrogators, and which was also reported in Haaretz at the time, is that they should be the ones to leave, not me; that I am a daughter of this land and nothing will change that; that my own direct history is steeped in the land and there’s no way they can extricate it; that as much as they invoke Zionist mythological fairy tales, they can never claim such personal familial lineage, much as they wish they could.

        I suppose that must sound vulgar to Zionist ears. To be confronted with authenticity of Palestinian indigeneity despite exile, and face their apocryphal, ever-shifting colonial narratives.

        My lack of deference in 2015 and choice not to quietly accept the arbitrary decision of an illegitimate gatekeeper to my country apparently got appended to my name and, upon my arrival this time on November 1st, signaled for my immediate deportation.

        The true vulgarity is that several million Europeans and other foreigners live in Palestine now while the indigenous population lives either in exile or under the cruel boots of Israeli occupation; the true vulgarity is in the rows of snipers surrounding Gaza, taking careful aim and shooting human beings with no real way to defend themselves, who dare to protest their collective imprisonment and imposed misery; the true vulgarity is in seeing our youth bleed on the ground, waste in Israeli jails, starve for an education, travel, learning, or some opportunity to fully be in the world; the true vulgarity is the way they have taken and continue to take everything from us, how they have carved out our hearts, stolen our everything, occupied our history, and tamp our voices and our art. …”

        https://mondoweiss.net/2018/11/abulhawa-detained-homeland/

        Why and how can you justify this grotesque treatment of a noble human/humanitarian/scholar who is a Palestinian? How can you ignore this honest expose and entreaty, mondonut? The claim of Zionists to the land of Palestine and the taking of lives of Palestinians is horrific and against humanitarian principles and international law. Detaining the indigenous while lying is so Israel.

        Bravo/s

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 4, 2018, 1:12 pm

        “Surely you know the difference between a home and a homeland?”

        Yeah, it’s like the difference between ‘real estate’ and “territory”.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 6, 2018, 9:43 am

        @just Why and how can you justify this grotesque treatment of a noble human/humanitarian/scholar who is a Palestinian?

        Because like every sovereign nation on planet earth, Israel retains the right to determine who may and who may not enter their country, as well as the means of doing so.

  8. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    November 2, 2018, 2:20 pm

    @CaptFearless
    “no visa no visit”

    Jewish American,Russian,Slovenian,Innuit whatever with no native connection whatsoever to Palestine. screw those tedious visas screw the temporary visit you are entitled to come and live here as and when you choose and hey we will even throw in subsidised bijou apartments in Jews only settlements and Jews only roads and all the other colonial luxuries available to the Chosen in the world`s newest and arguably its most refined Apartheid state.

    BTW CaptDareDevil still haven`t heard from you about those ” thousands and tens of thousands of Israeli Jews who have been murdered or wounded by the savagery of Palestinian Arab terror”

    Come on CaptCadaver get your finger out we are all on tenterhooks waiting for you stats.

    • mondonut
      mondonut
      November 2, 2018, 4:13 pm

      @Ossinev, Jews only roads…

      There is no such thing as Jew roads. Careful now, you are letting it slip.

      • chocopie
        chocopie
        November 3, 2018, 9:15 am

        It’s comical, the only part of the post you contested is “Jews only roads.” Apparently the rest of it stands without argument. Because technically, people who are not Jewish could drive those roads. As long as they have Jewish minders.

  9. chocopie
    chocopie
    November 3, 2018, 9:17 am

    Israel fears literature.

  10. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    November 3, 2018, 10:37 am

    @Mondonut
    I didn`t say “Jew roads”. I said “Jews only roads”
    EG:
    w.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-death-throes-of-a-palestinian-neighborhood-1.5439347

    Since you are on the case and your fellow traveller CaptWhatever appears to have bailed out on his “thousands and tens of thousands” claim perhaps you can pick up the Hasbara baton and help him out by giving us some facts dates etc

    • mondonut
      mondonut
      November 3, 2018, 11:59 am

      @Ossinev I didn`t say “Jew roads”. I said “Jews only roads”

      A distinctive without a difference. There are no Jew roads and there are no Jews only roads.

  11. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    November 3, 2018, 2:13 pm

    @Mondonut
    “A distinctive without a difference. There are no Jew roads and there are no Jews only roads.”

    Did you actually read the Haaretz article ? If not please do then fire back with an explanation for the “Jews only road” referred to. Plus do you have any comment to make on your FT CaptWherever`s claim of “thousands if not tens of thousands”. Surely someone in the Hasbara Brigade can come to his rescue on that one. Do step forward. It could work wonders for your Hasbara Street Cred.

    • mondonut
      mondonut
      November 4, 2018, 1:19 am

      @Ossinev Did you actually read the Haaretz article ?

      Sure I did, and despite the author’s usual incendiary title, the road in fact is not Jews only, as is clear to anyone who actually reads the story. The road is divided for the safety of the Jewish residents – all to keep Hebron from yet again being ethnically cleansed of Jews.

  12. bcg
    bcg
    November 3, 2018, 2:25 pm

    @Mondonut: “Bisected by a Jews-only Road, a Palestinian Neighborhood in Hebron Is Dying”

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-death-throes-of-a-palestinian-neighborhood-1.5439347

    “Imagine A Segregated Road system Where The Color of Your License Plate Dictates Which Road You Can Drive On”

    https://visualizingpalestine.org/visuals/segregated-roads-west-bank

  13. John Douglas
    John Douglas
    November 3, 2018, 6:04 pm

    Ossinev writes:

    “She [Susan Abulhawa] never lived in Jerusalem. Just because her parents had [lived in Jerusalem] does not make that her home.”

    Has there ever been a clearer and more succinct rejection of the entire Zionist project?

  14. edthespark
    edthespark
    November 5, 2018, 10:13 pm

    “Home is where the heart is” said ramach,but it is quite possible to have more than one home ,just as the weaver builds a new home each year to raise its young.
    As we stood under the old mulberry tree watching the birds building their elaborate nests i wondered why we humans cannot abandon our nests each year and move on like the weavers.I surmised that it is memories that construct the homes where are hearts reside,even if the reality is very different.

    https://www.google.com/amp/animals.barcroft.tv/weaver-birds-build-nest-mating-season-attract-opposite-sex-south-africa-amp

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