Dans les mains de l’arbitraire
Charlotte Schwarzinger, Agence Media Palestine, le 25 octobre 2018
Dans les mains de l’arbitraire
Charlotte Schwarzinger, Agence Media Palestine, le 25 octobre 2018
Israël cherche à expulser l’auteure Susan Abulhawa
Nicolas Gary - 02.11.2018
Susan Abulhawa a 48 ans : elle devrait intervenir au festival de littérature palestinienne qui se tient du 3 au 7 novembre, invitée par le British Council, sponsor de la manifestation. Mais outre son activité d’auteure, elle est également partisane de la campagne BDS, Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions.
Les autorités israéliennes avaient surtout en mémoire qu’elle avait été expulsée d’Israël et qu’elle aurait, pour y revenir, dû demander l’octroi d’un visa. Un point légal que l’écrivaine ignorait totalement, assure son amie. C’est pourtant en mars 2017 que le Parlement a adopté une législation très controversée interdisant littéralement aux membres de BDS de séjourner sur le sol israélien.
Elle devait comparaître devant le juge ce 2 novembre – avec une certaine clémence, toutefois, ayant appris que le festival dépendait en grande partie de sa présence.
Expulsion actée, en attente de l’appel
Pour autant, le juge a décidé de son expulsion, sans autre forme de procès. Susans Abulhawa a fait appel de la décision, mais personne ne sait quand ce dernier sera entendu. Un avocat du British Council ainsi que l’ambassade des États-Unis se sont rapprochés des organisateurs de la manifestation, mais n’ont pas pu prendre attache avec elle.
Le problème vient également de ce que l’auteure est un best-seller parmi les plus importantes chez les écrivains arabes. Son livre Mornings in Jenin est devenu un succès mondial, traduit en 28 langues.
Susan Abulhawa’s statement to Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival after the Israeli authorities have denied her entry into her country and she was therefore unable to attend the festival.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival, Mahmoud Muna in particular, and to the Kenyon Institute of the British Council for inviting me and undertaking the expense for me to participate in this year’s literature festival in Palestine.
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.
Since my deportation, I read that Israeli authorities indicated that I was required to “coordinate” my travel with them in advance. This is a lie. In fact, I was told upon arrival at the airport that I had been required to apply for a visa to my US passport, and that this application would not be accepted until 2020, at least five years after the first time they denied me entry. They said it was my responsibility to know this even though I was never given any indication of being banned. Then they said my first deportation in 2015 was because I refused to give them the reason for my visit. This, too, is a lie. Here are the facts:
In 2015, I traveled to Palestine to build playgrounds in several villages and to hold opening ceremonies at playgrounds we had already built in the months previous. Another member of our organization was traveling with me. She happened to be Jewish and they allowed her in. Several Israeli interrogators asked me the same questions in different ways over the course of approximately 7.5 hours. I answered them all, as Palestinians must if we are to stand a chance of going home, even as visitors. But I was not sufficiently deferential, nor was I capable of that in the moment. But I was certainly composed and – the requirement for all violated people – “civil.” Finally, I was accused of not cooperating because I did not know how many cousins I have and what are all their names and the names of their spouses. It was only after being told that I was denied entry that I raised my voice and refused to leave quietly. I did yell, and I stand by everything I yelled. According to Haaretz, Israel said I “behaved angrily, crudely and vulgarly” in 2015 at the Allenby Bridge.
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.
In total, Israel detained me for approximately 36 hours. We were not allowed any electronics, pens or pencils in the jail cells, but I found a way to take both – because we Palestinians are resourceful, smart, and we find our way to freedom and dignity by any means we can. I have photos and video from inside that terrible detention center, which I took with a second phone hidden on my body, and I left for them a few messages on the walls by the dirty bed I had to lay on. I suppose they will find it vulgar to read: “Free Palestine,” “Israel is an Apartheid State,” or “susan abulhawa was here and smuggled this pencil into her prison cell”.
But the most memorable part of this ordeal were the books. I had two books in my carry-on when I arrived at the jail and I was allowed to keep them. I alternated reading from each, sleeping, thinking.
The first book was a highly researched text by historian Nur Masalha, “Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History.” I was scheduled to interview Nur on stage about his epic audit of Palestinian millennia-old history, told not from the politically motivated narratives, but from archeological and other forensic narratives. It is a people’s history, spanning the untidy and multilayered identities of Palestine’s indigenous populations from the Bronze Age until today. In an Israeli detention cell, with five other women – all of them Eastern European, and each of them in her own private pain, the chapters of Nur Masalha’s book took me through Palestine’s pluralistic, multicultural and multi-religious past, distorted and essentialized by modern inventions of an ancient past.
The bitter irony of our condition was not lost on me. I, a daughter of the land, of a family rooted at least 900 years in the land, and who spent much of her childhood in Jerusalem, was being deported from her homeland by the sons and daughters of recent arrivals, who came to Palestine a mere decades ago with European-born ethos of racial Darwinism, invoking biblical fairy tales and divinely ordained entitlement..
It occurred to me, too, that all Palestinians – regardless of our conditions, ideologies, or the places of our imprisonment or exile – are forever bound together in a common history that begins with us and travels to the ancient past to one place on earth, like the many leaves and branches of a tree that lead to one trunk. And we are also bound together by the collective pain of watching people from all over the world colonize not only the physical space of our existence, but the spiritual, familial, and cultural arenas of our existence. I think we also find power in this unending, unhealed wound. We write our stories from it. Sing our songs and dabke there, too. We make art from these aches. We pick up rifles and pens, cameras and paint brushes in this space, throw stones, fly kites and flash victory and power fists there.
The other book I read was Colson Whitehead’s acclaimed, spellbinding novel, “The Underground Railroad.” It is the story of Cora, a girl born into slavery to Mabel, the first escaped slave from the Randal Plantation. In this fictional account, Cora escapes the plantation with her friend Ceasar their determined slave catcher, Ridgeway on their trail in the Underground Railroad – a real-life metaphor made into an actual railroad in the novel. The generational trauma of inconceivable bondage is all the more devastating in this novel because it is told matter-of-factly from the vantage of the enslaved. Another people’s collective unhealed wound laid bare, an excruciatingly powerful common past, a place of their power too, a source of their stories and their songs.
I am back in my house now, with my daughter and our beloved dogs and cats, but my heart doesn’t ever leave Palestine. So, I am there, and we will continue to meet each other in the landscapes of our literature, art, cuisine and all the riches of our shared culture.
After writing this statement, I learned that the press conference is being held at Dar el Tifl. I lived the best years of my childhood there, despite my separation from family and the sometimes difficult conditions we faced living under Israeli occupation. Dar el Tifl is the legacy of one of the most admirable women I have ever known – Sitt Hind el Husseini. She saved me in more ways than I suppose she knew, or that I understood at the time. She saved a lot of us girls. She gave gathered us from all the broken bits of Palestine. She gave us food and shelter, educated and believed in us, and in turn made us believe we were worthy. There is no more appropriate place than Dar el Tift to read this statement.
I want to leave you with one more thought I had in that jail cell, and it is this: Israel is spiritually, emotionally, and culturally small despite the large guns they point at us – or perhaps precisely because of them. It is to their own detriment that they cannot accept our presence in our homeland, because our humanity remains intact and our art is beautiful and life-affirming, and we aren’t going anywhere but home.
Déclaration de Susan Abulhawa à l’intention du festival de littérature palestinienne Kalimat
5 novembre | Susan Abulhawa |Traduction SF pour l’AURDIP
Israel’s Supreme Court grants Lara Alqasem’s appeal; she will be allowed to enter the country
Haaretz.com | Noa Landau and Jonathan Lis Oct 19, 2018 5:18 AM
U.S. student Lara Alqasem will be allowed to enter Israel after the Supreme Court accepted on Thursday her appeal against the decision to prevent her entry. Alqasem, whom the state claimed was a BDS activist, was held over two weeks in a detainment center at Ben-Gurion International Airport despite receiving a student visa from an Israeli consulate prior to her arrival.
Alqasem, 22, was detained at Ben-Gurion Airport upon her arrival on October 2 after she was flagged as a BDS activist. Alqasem, who has a student visa and is enrolled in a master’s program in human rights at the Hebrew University, has been detained ever since.
“I’m relieved at the court’s decision and incredibly grateful for the work of my amazing and tireless lawyers Yotam Ben Hillel and Leora Bechor as well as the support of my family and friends. I will be happy to say more when I’ve had a chance to rest and process,” Alqasem told Haaretz following her release.
“Since the appellant’s actions do not raise satisfactory cause to bar her to entry to Israel, the inevitable impression is that invalidating the visa given to her was due to the political opinions she holds,” read the verdict. “If this is truly the case, then we are talking about an extreme and dangerous step, which could lead to the crumbling of the pillars upon which democracy in Israel stands,” the verdict continued.
“The Law of Entry to Israel is intended to protect the state’s sovereignty, and the public’s safety and security. It does not have a component of penalty, or revenge for previous bad behavior,” Justice Neal Hendel said.
“Despite the obstacles in her way the appellant insists on her right to study at the Hebrew University. This conduct is not in keeping, in an understatement, with the thesis that the she’s an undercover boycott activist,” he continued.
“The Interior Ministry has openly admitted that it does not have any evidence of the appellant’s engaging in boycott activity since April 2017, except for mysterious ’indications’ whose essence hasn’t been clarified and regarding which no evidence has been submitted,” Neal noted.
“The material submitted regarding the appellant’s activity in the SJP organization shows that even at that stage the boycott activity was minor and limited in character,” Neal added. “There’s no doubt the SJP cell indeed supported boycotting Israel – and this position must be roundly condemned. It is also presumable that the appellant, who played a role in the cell and for three years was one of its few members, was partner to this unworthy activity. However, it is impossible to ignore the cell’s sporadic and relatively minor character. In itself, it certainly was not one of the prominent boycott organizations and it is doubtful whether the appellant could be seen as filling the criteria [required in the law?] even when she had a position in it.”
Neal continued, saying that “alongside the random indications of the appellant’s involvement in BDS activity during her studies, it is impossible to ignore the testimonies of her lecturers about her complex approach, the curiosity she displayed toward Israel and Judaism and her readiness to conduct an open, respectful dialogue – which is in stark contrast to the boycott idea.”
“The struggle against the BDS movement and others like it is a worthy cause. The state is permitted, not to say obliged, to protect itself from discrimination and the violent silencing of the political discourse. It may take steps against the boycott organizations and their activists. In this case, preventing the appellant’s entry does not advance the law’s purpose and clearly deviates from the bounds of reasonability,” Neal concluded.
Justice Anat Baron said that “there was no place to deny the appellant the entry visa she had been granted, because clearly she doesn’t now and hasn’t for a long time engaged in boycotting Israel, not to mention engaging in ’active, continuing and substantial’ work in this matter. The decision to deny the appellant’s entry visa is unreasonable to the extent that it requires intervention.”
La Cour suprême annule l’interdiction d’entrée de Lara Alqasem
L’étudiante américaine, accusée d’être en faveur du BDS, entamera un master en droit à l’Université hébraïque de Jérusalem dès la semaine prochaine
Par AFP et Times of Israel Staff 18 octobre 2018, 20:36
L’étudiante avait interjeté un ultime appel dimanche, le jour où elle devait être expulsée du centre d’immigration de l’aéroport où elle était détenue depuis deux semaines.
Il s’agit d’un des cas les plus médiatisés de refus d’accès au territoire israélien en vertu d’une loi adoptée en 2017 : celle-ci permet d’interdire l’entrée aux partisans du mouvement BDS (Boycott, Désinvestissement, Sanctions) appelant au boycott économique, culturel ou scientifique d’Israël.
Lara Alqasem avait présidé en 2017, au cours de ses études en Floride (sud-est des Etats-Unis), une branche du « Students for Justice in Palestine », organisation menant des campagnes de boycott contre Israël. Mais elle a dit avoir quitté ensuite le mouvement.
Lors d’une audience devant la Cour suprême mercredi, l’avocat de Lara Alqasem avait déclaré que l’Etat devrait faire preuve de bon sens quant à l’application de la loi contre les partisans de la campagne BDS.
« Pourquoi voudrait-elle entrer en Israël pour appeler à boycotter ? » ce pays, s’était interrogé son avocat, Me Yotam Ben Hillel.
Liberté pour Lara Alqasem, l’étudiante américaine arrêtée à l’aéroport Ben Gourion
8 octobre | Haaretz |Traduction SF pour l’AURDIP |
Lara Alqasem, une étudiante américaine de 22 ans qui est arrivée en Israël la semaine dernière pour entreprendre un master à l’Université Hébraïque, entame lundi son sixième jour de détention à l’aéroport Ben Gourion. Son « délit », selon le ministère des Affaires Stratégiques, est, alors qu’elle était en licence en Floride, d’avoir présidé la section de cet état d’un groupe qui encourage au boycott, au désinvestissement et aux sanctions contre Israël, comme moyen de lutter contre l’occupation.
Un rapport spécial du ministère sur ses activités politiques, exagérément qualifié de « sensible » inclut une information issue de cinq pages internet. Quatre d’entre elles viennent de Facebook et la cinquième vient d’un site internet appelé Canary Mission, qui exerce une honteuse surveillance civile sur des militants de gauche sur les campus des collèges universitaires américains. Selon la même information « sensible », lorsque Alqasem était membre de la section, qui comptait moins de dix membres, le groupe a promu le boycott d’une marque israélienne de Houmous, soutenu la pétition d’un auteur contre le financement par Israël d’un centre culturel et appelé une entreprise internationale de sécurité à cesser ses activités en Israël.
On a peine à croire que ce genre de raisons ridicules soient utilisées par un ministère gouvernemental, dirigé par le ministre anti boycott Gilad Erdan, pour justifier l’expulsion et la longue détention de l’étudiante. Dans son témoignage en cour d’appel (qui a rejeté sa demande de rester), elle a dit : « Je ne soutiens pas BDS. Si c’était le cas, je ne pourrais pas venir en Israël comme étudiante ». Alqasem a ensuite déclaré que pendant son séjour en Israël elle n’appellerait pas au boycott ni ne participerait à des activités de BDS. Pour autant, elle reste en garde à vue et son expulsion est prévue, en attendant un second appel qu’elle a interjeté près le Tribunal du district de Tel Aviv.
Israel Should Release Lara Alqasem – The Forward
That’s Alqasem’s problem: In both the American press and the American government, Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinian and Arab Americans is so normalized that it elicits merely a shrug.
Traduction en français :
Israël détient une étudiante américaine depuis une semaine. Mais ça n’intéresse personne, elle n’est pas juive.
Peter Beinart, Forward, le 9 octobre 2018
« Torture, traitements inhumains » : Israël emprisonne un artiste belge d’origine palestinienne
Middle East Eye | Safa Bannani | 9 octobre 2018
Le 19 juillet, Mustapha Awad a été arrêté par Israël alors qu’il voulait se rendre dans la terre de ses ancêtres. Accusé d’appartenance à une organisation terroriste, il aurait subi des actes de torture et des traitements inhumains
It’s even allowed to hate Israel
If cabinet Minister Erdan, scourge of left-wing dissidents, visited Sweden, he certainly did not love the liberalism and equality there, yet Swedish airport officials wouldn’t have asked him about it
Oct 07, 2018
News flash for the minister in charge of combating hatred, Gilad Erdan: One is allowed to hate Israel. Sometimes one must even hate its policies. A democratic country doesn’t ask new arrivals whether they love it. It’s none of their business. The gates of democracy are open to everyone, as long as they don’t endanger its security. That is the test.
Erdan may also have visited a country whose policies he despised; he certainly did not love the liberalism and equality in Sweden, or Germany’s willingness to take in asylum-seekers – and nobody asked him what he thought. His colleague, Culture Minister Miri Regev, a sworn Arab-hater, intends to fly to Abu Dhabi soon. Will they deport her because of her hatred? If only. Maybe that way Erdan would learn.
>>Ex-Shin Bet chief on questioning of foreigners at Israel’s borders: Shin Bet becoming a problem
The world that Gilad McCarthy is building for us now, together with the Shin Bet security service that has long been in charge of this, is motivated by the darkness of a different worldview. Erdan described it well on Friday.
“Everyone understands,” he wrote, “that these are hypocritical organizations uninterested in human rights. They will never act to help the citizens of Syria or Iran. It’s not human rights that motivate them, but hatred of Israel.” Erdan tried to excuse banning the entry to Israel of the student Lara Alqasem and in so doing revealed his worldview once again.
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“Everyone understands,” Erdan? Well, almost everyone. Even the minister of strategic affairs can’t yet speak for everyone in Israel. Maybe he will be able to do so soon.
Meanwhile, there are also some people who don’t understand. Not everyone here has been brainwashed by the propagandistic lies. The “hypocritical organizations” are more interested in human rights than anything else. They are people of conscience. Some are veterans of long-standing work against the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa, some are young people who should be a source of pride. At a time when most Israelis their age are not interested in anything that doesn’t involve them directly, they are fighting for something. They are certainly immeasurably more moral than any settler in the territories.
Official documents prove: Israel bans young Americans based on Canary Mission website - Israel News - Haaretz.com
Some Americans detained upon arrival in Israel reported being questioned about their political activity based on ’profiles’ on the controversial website Canary Mission. Documents obtained by Haaretz now clearly show that is indeed a source of information for decisions to bar entry
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Oct 04, 2018
The Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry is using simple Google searches, mainly the controversial American right-wing website Canary Mission, to bar political activists from entering Israel, according to documents obtained by Haaretz.
>>Israeli court rejects American visa-holding student’s appeal; to be deported for backing BDS
The internal documents, some of which were submitted to the appeals tribunal in the appeal against the deportation of American student Lara Alqasem, show that officials briefly interviewed Alqasem, 22, at Ben-Gurion International Airport on her arrival Tuesday night, then passed her name on for “continued handling” by the ministry because of “suspicion of boycott activity.” Israel recently passed a law banning the entry of foreign nationals who engage in such activity.
>> Are you next? Know your rights if detained at Israel’s border
Links to Canary Mission and Facebook posts are seen on an official Ministry of Strategic Affairs document.
The ministry then sent the officials at the airport an official report classified “sensitive” about Alqasem’s supposed political activities, which included information from five links – four from Facebook and one, the main source, from the Canary Mission site, which follows pro-Palestinian activists on U.S. campuses.
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A decision on Alqasem’s appeal against her deportation was expected Thursday afternoon.
Canary Mission, now the subject of major controversy in the American Jewish community, has been collecting information since 2015 about BDS activists at universities, and sends the information to potential employers. Pro-Israel students have also criticized their activities.
This week, the American Jewish news site The Forward reported that at least $100,000 of Canary Mission’s budget had been contributed through the San Francisco Jewish Federation and the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which donates to Jewish education. The donation was handed to a group registered in Beit Shemesh called Megamot Shalom, specifically stating that it was for Canary Mission. A few hours after the report was published, the federation announced that it would no longer fund the group.
Over the past few months some of the Americans who have been detained for questioning upon arrival in Israel have reported that they were questioned about their political activity based on “profiles” about them published on Canary Mission. The documents obtained by Haaretz now show clearly that the site is indeed the No. 1 source of information for the decision to bar entry to Alqasem.
According to the links that were the basis for the decision to suspend the student visa that Alqasem had been granted by the Israeli Consulate in Miami, she was president of the Florida chapter of a group called Students for Justice in Palestine, information quoted directly from the Canary Mission. The national arm of that organization, National Students for Justice in Palestine, is indeed on the list of 20 groups that the Strategic Affairs Ministry compiled as criteria to invoke the anti-boycott law. However, Alqasem was not a member at the national level, but rather a local activist. She told the appeals tribunal that the local chapter had only a few members.
Canary Mission’s profile of Lara Alqasem.
The ministry also cited as a reason for barring Alqasem’s entry to Israel a Facebook post showing that “In April 2016 [her] chapter conducted an ongoing campaign calling for the boycott of Sabra hummus, the American version of Hummus Tzabar, because Strauss, which owns Tzabar, funds the Golani Brigade.” Alqasem told the tribunal that she had not taken an active part in this campaign. Another link was about a writers’ petition calling on a cultural center to refuse sponsorship by Israel for its activities. Yet another post, by the local Students for Justice in Palestine, praised the fact that an international security company had stopped operations in Israel. None of these links quoted Alqasem.
She told the tribunal that she is not currently a member of any pro-boycott group and would not come to study for her M.A. in Israel if she were.
The Strategic Affairs Ministry report on Alqasem is so meager that its writers mentioned it themselves: “It should be noted that in this case we rely on a relatively small number of sources found on the Internet.” Over the past few months Haaretz has been following up reports of this nature that have been the basis for denying entry to activists, and found that in many other cases the material consisted of superficial Google searches and that the ministry, by admission of its own senior officials, does not collect information from non-public sources.
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The ministry’s criteria for invoking the anti-boycott law state clearly that in order to bar entry to political activists, they must “hold senior or significant positions in the organizations,” including “official senior roles in prominent groups (such as board members).”
But the report on Alqasem does not indicate that she met the criterion of “senior” official in the national movement, nor was this the case for other young people questioned recently at the airport. In some cases it was the Shin Bet security service that questioned people due to past participation in activities such as demonstrations in the territories, and not BDS activities.
“Key activists,” according to the ministry’s criteria, also means people who “consistently take part in promoting BDS in the framework of prominent delegitimization groups or independently, and not, for example, an activist who comes as part of a delegation.” In Alqasem’s case, however, her visa was issued after she was accepted for study at Hebrew University.
A propos de #Lara_Alqasem :
Free Lara Alqasem, the U.S. Student Detained at Ben-Gurion Airport
Editorial, Haaretz, le 8 octobre 2018
Revealed: The Jerusalem Jews behind the Israeli conduit funneling money to Canary Mission- Haaretz.Com
Haaretz found that the man behind Megamot Shalom, through which money was funneled to the controversial online blacklist that tracks BDS activists, works with far-right rabbi Ben Packer
Just look at Ben-Gurion Airport - Opinion
Haaretz.com | Gideon Levy | Aug 16, 2018 1:07 AM
Look at Ben-Gurion Airport, and see us. Nothing reflects Israel 2018 better than that entrance gate, the place Israelis hold most sacred.
Elaborately designed, efficient, modern, with a semblance of the epitome of freedom – here the “open sky” is the limit – while under the magnificent columns and moving walkways the injustices fester, well hidden, as usual, behind screens. The Ben-Gurion we love so much is an airport of segregation, an airdrome partially in the Shin Bet’s control, including a thought-police station. Welcome arrivals and departures: Peter Beinart is not alone.
It begins long before the entrance. About two million residents, some of them living on the very outskirts of the airport, see it from their window but cannot go near it, not to mention use its services. Their Jewish neighbors are allowed, but they themselves are prohibited. They’re Palestinians. Have you heard of any other international airport that is closed to some of the state’s residents solely because of their origin? If this isn’t the port of apartheid, what is?
As the permitted ones drive up to the checkpoint at the entrance, the ceremony of opening the window and greeting the security guard, armed with a machine gun – the most racist procedure there is – takes place. Everyone cooperates with this sickening act, intended to hear the passengers’ accent and ascertain whether they are Jews or Arabs.
The security guards know what they’re doing. They also know what they’re doing at the security examinations in the airport. Invasive, intrusive questions that have no place in a free country, that have nothing to do with flight security. Not everyone is subjected to this, of course. Profiling is the name of the game, intended to make it easy for us, the privileged Israeli Jews, and deprive and degrade all the rest. Security, hush-hush, don’t ask questions.
And then the numbers with the different endings on the sticker attached to your passport, separating one traveler from another, on the basis of his origin, or the extent of suspicion he raises. There are numbers whose digital endings mean complete nudity in front of the male or female examiner. This does not apply to the Jewish Israelis.
Most of the suspicions in Ben-Gurion Airport arise because of origin or ideological affiliation. An American of Palestinian origin – suspicious. A Jew is not, of course, unless he’s a leftist. There are no suspicions of right-wingers. There’s no chance that an racist evangelist from Alabama, an “Israel lover” and believer in Armageddon, could endanger anything. Only the Norwegian tourist who took part, bad girl, in a tour of Breaking the Silence, is jeopardizing the flight’s safety or the public’s security. Only the activist of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel is a potential plane hijacker, or a possible terrorist.
No rightist supporter of the settlers, Jewish or Christian, has ever been held up at Ben-Gurion Airport and interrogated about his activity on behalf of the settlements, which are far more criminal than any demonstration, protest or act of solidarity with the Palestinians. Such a person, it seems, has yet to be born. In Israel, the fascist, even anti-Semitic, right is patriotic, and so it is in Ben-Gurion Airport too, the mirror of our homeland’s landscape.
It will end only on the day Israelis are humiliated like that at the gateways to other countries. Until then the security excuse will be upheld and used for everything. And we haven’t yet said a word about the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Try once to think of the one standing in front of you or behind you in line, an Israeli Arab, director of a hospital ward or a construction worker. He has the same passport, the same citizenship as yours, in the nation-state of equality for all. Try to imagine the feeling of exclusion, the affront of deprivation. What does he say to the child who asks why we are here and they are there, how does he overcome the suspicious looks.
On top of all this came the ridiculous, outrageous war on BDS, which turned Ben-Gurion border officials into duty officers of the thought-police. Beinart was its victim, but he’s a Jew and quite famous, so his interrogation was declared an “administrative error.” But this is no error: This is Ben-Gurion Airport. This is Israel. And now, to the duty-free shops.
Israel’s Shin Bet detains Peter Beinart at Ben-Gurion airport over political activity
The Jewish-American journalist wrote that he was pulled aside for questioning upon entering Israel ■ Netanyahu says he was told detention was ’administrative mistake’ and ’Israel welcomes all’
Amir Tibon and Noa Landau Aug 13, 2018 8:27 PM
Beinart’s interrogation is the latest in a series of incidents at Israel’s border entry and exit points that involved political questioning of Jewish Americans.
Last month, a Jewish American philanthropist who donated millions to Israeli hospitals and schools was interrogated because security at Ben Gurion found a booklet about Palestine in his suitcase.
Last week, two left-wing Jewish American activists were detained for three hours at the border crossing between Israel and Egypt. One of the activists, Simone Zimmerman, one of the founding members of the Jewish anti-occupation IfNotNow, claimed she was interrogated about her political opinions.
Israel’s security service, the Shin Bet, stated in response to Zimmerman’s allegations that it did not recommend that she be questioned about her political leanings, but simply advised that she and activist Abigail Kirschbaum be questioned.
Beinart mentioned Zimmerman’s detention and questioning in his article. He described Zimmerman’s questioning as part of an overall trend in Israel, noting that “the day before, Netanyahu all but incited violence against the New Israel Fund’s director in Israel.”
The journalist also referenced the Israeli government’s passage of the contentious nation-state law as part of a process in which, in his view, “Israel is getting uglier.”
Yael Patir, the Israel Director at J Street, responded to the Beinart’s detention on Monday, saying that “slippery slope has turned into a dark and dangerous abyss when every citizen who dares criticize the Netanyahu government can find himself interrogated over his opinions.”
“The clerks of the Immigration Authority and Shin Bet interrogators become, against their will, become the obeyers of a regime that uses them as a tool for political persecutions,” she continued.
“If the government of Israel wants some sort of connection to the vast majority of U.S. Jewry, as well as to preserve the Israeli democracy, the political interrogations ought to stop entirely,” Patir concluded.
In May, the Shin Bet held Israeli peace activist Tanya Rubinstein at Ben-Gurion International Airport for half an hour in early May, Rubinstein told Haaretz. She is general coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace and was returning from a conference sponsored by the Swedish foreign ministry. Left-wing activist Yehudit Ilani was detained two weeks later on her way back from Europe after visiting a flotilla headed to Gaza in the coming weeks in her capacity as a journalist.
The Shin Bet responded to the report on Beinart’s arrest as well, saying that it operates only according to law and for the state’s security. “Mr. Beinart’s detention was carried out as a result of an error of judgment by the professional official at the scene.”
The Shin Bet also told Haaretz it was “sorry for the unpleasantness Mr. Beinart experienced. The Shin Bet chief has instructed that the case be looked into.”
Israël : l’interrogatoire d’un journaliste américain était une « erreur » selon Netanyahu
AFP Publié le lundi 13 août 2018 à 20h58
Le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu a affirmé lundi que l’interrogatoire auquel a été soumis un journaliste américain à son arrivée en Israël était dû à une « erreur administrative », a indiqué son bureau dans un communiqué.
Peter Beinart, un journaliste de The Forward, a décrit dans un article de ce journal juif américain publié à New York comment il a été interrogé sur ses opinions politiques dimanche pendant une heure par un agent du Shin Beth, le service de sécurité intérieure, à son arrivée à l’aéroport Ben Gourion.
Partisan du boycott des produits en provenance des colonies israéliennes implantées en Cisjordanie, un territoire palestinien occupé par Israël, il a raconté avoir été interrogé « encore et encore sur les noms des organisations +répréhensibles+ » avec lesquelles il était associé.
Le journaliste, qui a affirmé être venu en Israël pour des raisons familiales, a qualifié la conversation de « déprimante, mais pas effrayante ».
« Le Premier ministre a appris que M. Beinart a été questionné à l’aéroport Ben Gourion. Il a immédiatement parlé avec les responsables des forces de sécurité israéliennes pour savoir comment une telle chose avait pu se produire. Il lui a été répondu qu’il s’agissait d’une erreur administrative », indiquent ses services dans leur communiqué.
« Israël est une société ouverte qui accueille aussi bien ceux qui le critiquent que ceux qui le soutiennent », a assuré le Premier ministre.
M. Beinart a réagi sur son compte Twitter en estimant que Benjamin Netanyahu « s’est excusé à moitié (..) ».
« J’accepterai ses excuses lorsqu’il s’excusera auprès de tous les Palestiniens et des Palestino-Américains qui endurent chaque jour des choses bien pire ».
En mars 2017, le Parlement israélien a voté une loi interdisant l’entrée en Israël des partisans du mouvement « BDS » (Boycott, Dé-investissement et Sanctions contre Israël) qui lutte contre l’occupation des territoires palestiniens.
BDS s’inspire de la lutte menée contre le régime de l’apartheid en Afrique du sud.
U.S. Jewish activist Simone Zimmerman held by Shin Bet at border, questioned on work with Palestinians
Haaretz.com - Noa Landau - Aug 05, 2018 10:48 PM
Simone Zimmerman, an American Jewish activist, was held by the Shin Bet security service at the border between Israel and Egypt for at least three hours on Sunday evening, Israel’s Immigration Authority confirmed.
Shin Bet agents asked Zimmerman which places she had visited in the West Bank and what she thought of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she said.
Zimmerman is a founding member of IfNotNow, a movement to end the American Jewish community’s support for the Israeli occupation.
Israël essaie d’isoler les Palestiniens et de les priver de soutien international
Adri Nieuwhof – 30 juillet 2018
Deux chercheuses néerlandaises ont été détenues, soumises à des traitements dégradants et des violences, puis déportées par Israël au début du mois.
Elles ont vécu personnellement la politique israélienne d’isolement des Palestiniens du reste du monde et d’obstruction au travail des défenseurs des droits de l’homme.
The right’s security service at Ben-Gurion Airport - Haaretz Editorial -
At first it was the automatic and indiscriminate delay of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, then it degenerated into blacklists of BDS supporters, now Israelis are also being questioned because of their political views
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Aug 02, 2018 12:26 AM
The Shin Bet security service stopped an author and left-wing activist at the airport, questioned him about his opinions and political connections and warned him about the “slippery slope” that could lead him to dangerous places and confrontations with the authorities. There were times when such instances would be linked to undemocratic countries like China, Russia, Iran and Egypt, which see freedom of expression and the right of protest as threats to the regime. Now it’s happening in Israel, which calls itself as the only democracy in the Middle East.
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The details related this week by Moriel Rothman-Zecher about his detention at Ben-Gurion Airport ought to disturb everyone, even those who object to the activities of protest groups like Breaking the Silence. From his report it emerges that he, an Israeli citizen who lives in the United States, was not suspected of any illegal activity; he was asked about his links to perfectly legal organizations and was essentially warned that his activities make him a legitimate target for the Shin Bet (“Israeli author questioned by Shin Bet at Ben-Gurion Airport over involvement in leftist groups,” July 30). His interrogator also asked for the names of “the main activists” in All That’s Left, which he refused to provide.
This is not a singular case; there have been a series of reports indicating that the Shin Bet and the border guards are turning Israel’s entry points into a filter designed to remove those whose opinions are suspicious or problematic in the eyes of the government. Last week a U.S. citizen, a senior member of the Jewish community who supports and donates to Israel, was reportedly detained at the airport when a pamphlet from Bethlehem with the word “Palestine” on the cover was found in his suitcase. One word is now sufficient to make someone a suspect, worthy of a humiliating delay and harassing questions.
If there is a “slippery slope,” it’s the state, its elected officials, its employees and the defenders of its borders that are walking on it. It began with the automatic and indiscriminate delay of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, degenerated into blacklists of BDS supporters whose entry was banned and is now slipping into Israelis being questioned because of their political views.
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This is not a local initiative, but a faithful expression of government and coalition policy: to label protest organizations in general and those who work against the occupation in particular as hostile to Israel and ascribe to them an intent to harm and betray it. The questioning of Rothman-Zecher is a warning shot aimed at like-minded people in the hope they’ll take note and be deterred.
According to the Shin Bet, the investigators acted “to fulfill the mission” of the security service. It seems that the questioning of Israelis about their political opinions is being conducted with permission and authority. But what happens in the airport doesn’t stay there; if policemen and investigators are not restrained, it won’t be long before citizens with opinions the government disapproves of will be woken by knocks on the door in the middle of the night, as in the most benighted of countries.
The above article is Haaretz’s lead editorial, as published in the Hebrew and English newspapers in Israel.
Two SOMO researchers denied entry into Israel on arbitrary grounds - SOMO - July 21, 2018
On Friday 20 July, two researchers of SOMO were denied access into Israel at Ben Gurion airport (Tel Aviv). The stated reason for the denial of entry was their alleged Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activism. SOMO finds this decision, issued by the Israeli Minister of Interior, and the treatment of the researchers subsequent to their denial of entry, to be both incomprehensible and unacceptable.
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is a critical, independent, not-for-profit knowledge centre on multinationals. Since 1973 we have investigated multinational corporations and the impact of their activities on people and the environment. We provide custom-made services (research, consulting and training) to non-profit organisations and the public sector. We strengthen collaboration between civil society organisations through our worldwide network. In these three ways, we contribute to social, environmental and economic sustainability.
C’est vrai que SOMO dénonce l’occupation de la Palestine, mais rien sur BDS :
» Israel Denies Entry To Swedish Peace Activist Who Walked To Palestine
IMEMC - July 6, 2018 11:55 AM
The Israeli Border Authority denied entry to a Swedish peace activist, who started walking to Palestine eleven months ago to raise awareness about the Israeli occupation, and the suffering of the Palestinian people.
The peace activist Benjamin Ladra started his walk on August 8th, 2017, with the aim of informing the world about the situation in Palestine and spread awareness about the Israeli military occupation.
His walk also marked the centennial of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which Britain pledged a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the British mandate and occupation of the country.
After being denied entry, he said the officers at the Israeli-controlled crossing with the West Bank interrogated him for six hours, and told him that they believe “he was lying during interrogation,” and that “he would be participating in the protests in Nabi Saleh village,” near Ramallah.
Update: Palestinian Nationality Granted to Swedish Activist
July 7, 2018 10:13 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has granted Palestinian nationality to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, aged 25, and bestowed the Medal of Merit on him, in appreciation of his efforts and support of the Palestinian people.
Ladraa had walked 4,800 kilometers, through 15 countries and for a period of 11 months, carrying a Palestinian flag on his back to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people under the Israeli military occupation.
Israeli authorities banned Ladraa entry to Palestine when he arrived predawn, Friday, at the Allenby Bridge (the Jordanian-Palestinian borders), in the last leg of his walk.
Ladraa was also held for 6 hours of interrogations by Israeli authorities, at the border.
Benjamin Ladraa: ’You don’t have to be Palestinian to care about the injustice in Palestine’
Aug. 16, 2018 3:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 4:19 P.M.)
By: Jennifer Janineh
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Benjamin Ladraa is a Swedish human rights activist, who walked 4,800 km through 13 countries over a span of 11 months to raise awareness about the Palestinian cause.
Ma’an News Agency interviewed Ladraa after Israeli authorities banned him from entering Palestine upon his arrival at the Allenby Bridge, the Jordanian-Palestinian borders, in July.
During the interview, Ladraa said that “they (Israeli authorities) treated me not too bad, I mean, it’s not comparable to what Palestinians are going through when they are arrested in the middle of the night from their homes and tortured.”
Watch the full interview below:
» Prominent Jewish activist denied entry into Israel
IMEMC News - July 3, 2018 5:23 AM
Ariel Gold, a member of Code Pink for Peace and an outspoken proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the U.S., was detained at the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday, and was denied entry and sent back to the U.S.
The movement that Gold is a part of, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, is aimed at pressuring Israel economically to get the government of Israel to adhere to its obligations under international law and signed agreements.
Gold had been told the last time she left Israel that she would need to notify the Israeli Ministry of the Interior the next time she came to Israel. She obtained a student visa to study Jewish Studies at Hebrew University, and notified the Ministry of Interior as they requested.
But despite that fact, she was deported and her passport stamped with a denial of entry, after 8 hours of interrogation and detention at the Ben Gurion Airport.
Her student visa was canceled and the Minister of Interior Arye Deri weighed in on the case personally, stating, “Gold has distributed videos on social networks, in which she harasses IDF soldiers and Border Police officers in Hebron, accusing the soldiers of apartheid and oppression, and that their actions do not conform to Jewish values”.
Une militante pro-BDS refoulée aux portes d’Israël
Par Times of Israel Staff Aujourd’hui, 00:37
La responsable de Code Pink Ariel Gold était venue participer à un programme d’études juives à l’université hébraïque ; selon les ministres, elle était là pour prôner le boycott
Cette affaire met en lumière une loi relativement nouvelle qui permet au ministre de l’Intérieur d’expulser ou de refouler du pays les partisans du mouvement BDS.
Toutefois, les origines juives de Gold signifient que sous les termes de la loi du retour – qui offre la citoyenneté israélienne aux Juifs du monde entier – Gold pourrait venir en Israël en tant que citoyenne, mais pas en temps que touriste.
Israël refuse l’entrée à une militante BDS juive américaine
3 juillet | Noa Landau et Yotam Berger pour Haaretz |Traduction JPP pour l’AURDIP
Ariel Gold est arrivée en Israël avec un visa d’étudiante, qui lui a été retiré à l’aéroport. La militante dit que les autorités israéliennes l’ont accusée d’avoir menti sur les raisons de sa venue, mais elle affirme : « Je n’ai pas menti ».
L’Autorité de la Population et de l’Immigration a fait obstacle à l’entrée d’une citoyenne juive américaine en Israël ce lundi soir, en raison de ses relations avec le mouvement de boycott, sanctions et désinvestissement.
La militante BDS, nommée Ariel Gold, est connue pour son action pour les boycotts d’Israël dans le cadre de Code Pink, une ONG militant pour la paix et la justice sociale, d’extrême gauche. Gold était déjà venue en Israël comme touriste il y a quelques mois, et durant son séjour, il est devenu évident qu’elle était connue comme militante BDS. Une déclaration publiée par le ministre de l’Intérieur a indiqué qu’à son départ d’Israël, elle avait reçu une lettre l’informant que sa prochaine venue en Israël devait être annoncée à l’avance. (...)
Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director and Board Chair Both Denied Entry into #Israel | Center for Constitutional Rights
May 1, 2018, Tel Aviv and New York – Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Katherine Franke, chair of CCR’s board and Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, were detained Sunday, April 29, for 14 hours and interrogated at Ben Gurion International Airport, then denied entry into Israel and deported, arriving back in New York early Monday morning. Warren and Franke were questioned about their political association with human rights groups that have been critical of Israel’s human rights record.
“The Israeli government denied us entry, apparently because it feared letting in people who might challenge its policies. This is something that we should neither accept nor condone from a country that calls itself a democracy,” Warren said. “Our trip sought to explore the intersection of Black and Brown people’s experiences in the U.S. with the situation of Palestinians, and Israel could not have made that connection clearer.”
Israel denies entry to four American civil rights leaders
+972 Magazine | By Mairav Zonszein |Published May 3, 2018
Four members of an American human rights delegation to Israel and the West Bank, were detained at Ben Gurion Airport, denied entry, and deported by Israeli authorities on Sunday. The rest of the delegation was allowed through.
Two of the four deported are Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Katherine Franke, chair of CCR’s board and Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University. The two others who were deported did not want to be named or interviewed. Franke was accused of being affiliated with the BDS movement; Warren appears to have been deported simply by association.
Interpellés puis expulsés : des juristes américains défenseurs des droits humains se voient interdire d’entrer en Israël
8 mai | Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Katherine Franke, Vincent Warren pour Democracy Now |Traduction SM pour l’AURDIP
Deux juristes américains, défenseurs des droits humains, ont été retenus pendant 14 heures dimanche (29 avril) à l’Aéroport international de Tel Aviv-David Ben Gourion avant d’être renvoyés aux États-Unis. Katherine Franke, de l’université Columbia, et Vincent Warren, directeur général du Centre pour les droits constitutionnels, ont été interrogés à plusieurs reprises au sujet de leurs relations avec des groupes qui critiquent Israël. Ils faisaient partie d’une délégation de militants américains des droits civiques qui se rendaient en Israël et en Palestine pour s’informer de la situation des droits humains et rencontrer des militants locaux. Dans la matinée de lundi (30 avril), ils étaient de retour à New York.
First Dublin, now Gennevilliers: Israel blocks entry to French mayor, claiming he supports BDS - Israel News - Haaretz.com
Mayor Leclerc Patrice prevented from entering Israel from Jordan; Israeli officials note he sought to visit jailed Palestinian lawmaker Barghouti in the past.
Israel prevented a French mayor from entering the country Monday due to his support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Leclerc Patrice, the mayor of the Paris suburb of Gennevilliers, was blocked from entering Israel from Jordan, said a statement from the Interior Ministry.
Officials said the decision was taken after Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan deemed Patrice a BDS supporter.
The Communist Party of France politician arrived at the Allenby Crossing in the West Bank together with his wife. After he was turned away, his wife decided not to enter Israel either. (...)
Un maire communiste français empêché d’entrer en Israël en raison de son soutien au boycott
Par L’Obs - Publié le 17 avril 2018 à 09h31
Refoulé à la frontière entre la Jordanie et la Cisjordanie occupée par les autorités israéliennes, Patrice Leclerc a dénoncé une « humiliation » et l’"arbitraire intolérable" pratiqué selon lui par Israël.
Le maire communiste de Gennevilliers, près de Paris, s’est vu interdire lundi l’entrée en Israël en raison de son soutien au boycott de ce pays, a annoncé le gouvernement israélien.
Refoulé à la frontière entre la Jordanie et la Cisjordanie occupée par les autorités israéliennes, le maire Patrice Leclerc a réagi en dénonçant une « humiliation » et l’"arbitraire intolérable" pratiqué selon lui par l’Etat hébreu envers « ceux qui agissent pour le droit des Palestiniens à disposer d’un Etat libre et indépendant ».
« Il a été décidé de ne pas l’autoriser à se rendre en Israël » car « il s’agit de quelqu’un qui soutient le BDS », le mouvement Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions contre Israël, ont annoncé les ministères israéliens de l’Intérieur et des Affaires stratégiques dans un communiqué.
En mars 2017, le Parlement israélien a voté une loi interdisant l’entrée en Israël des partisans du mouvement BDS.
« Nous ne permettons pas à ceux qui agissent contre Israël d’entrer dans le pays pour s’y livrer à des provocations », a expliqué le ministre de l’Intérieur Arieh Deri.
Le ministre des Affaires stratégiques et de la Sécurité intérieure, Gilad Erdan, a souligné que l’interdiction d’entrée en Israël était encore plus sévèrement appliquée pour les partisans du boycott qui « exercent des fonctions officielles ».
Un représentant d’un syndicat norvégien s’est vu refuser l’entrée en israel (et donc en Palestine), probablement parce qu’il s’appelle Mohammed Malik, qu’il est d’origine pakistanaise, et que son syndicat, LO, soutient le BDS...
Israel deported LO-elected Mohammed Malik
Traduction en anglais :
Israeli security people at the airport in Tel Aviv interrogated union leader Mohammed Malik in Tine Dairies about his association with LO. Then they threw him out of the country. “The decision of the LO Congress on Boycott of Israel can have such consequences", said Israel’s ambassador to Norway.
Mohammed Malik was on a trade union study trip with the Palestinian Committee to Palestine. But Malik did not come beyond the airport in Tel Aviv. While all the others in the group were allowed to enter Saturday evening this weekend, Mohammed Malik spent the hours from late Saturday night and early in the morning Sunday in various waiting rooms and detention cells at the airport. It was a very unpleasant experience, says Malik.
The security officers who questioned him knew that Malik was a union representative in The Norwegian Food and Allied Workers Union. He experienced it as if they were confronting him with his union affiliation. They wanted to know what LO thought about the Palestine conflict. But he did not want to answer them on that.
Mohammed Malik is born in Norway and originally has Pakistani parents. "My name was obviously the reason I was taken aside in passport control. But they deported me because I am a unionist. I was thrown out because I am affiliated with the LO, says Mohammed Malik. The experience at the airport was humiliating.
The LO Congress last year agreed with a large majority that LO should work for international economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. The Israeli Embassy in Oslo says it is not familiar with the deportation of Malik before FriFagbevegelse contacted it today. The Embassy now investigates why Israel deported Malik. According to the embassy it may take many weeks to get any answers.
FriFagbevegelse asked whether unionists in Norway’s LO are a danger to Israel’s security. "LO decided to boycott the only Jewish state in the world. One might assume that such an extreme decision can have consequences when it comes to prominent members of the LO, "Ambassador Raphael Schutz writes in a reply on e-mail to FriFagbevegelse.
In the end, they gave him a document from the Israeli Ministry of Internal Affairs, which states “a decision to prohibit entry is described in “the entry into Israeli Act”.
“They took pictures of me, gave me the entry ban and said that “you are forever refused to enter Israel,” says Malik. “The reason the entry in the entry ban was “to prevent illegal immigration.” - I asked them why they deported me. They would not inform me, he says. He would like the Israeli authorities to explain this.
These four things will get you barred from entering Israel under its new BDS travel ban
After BDS activists pulled off plane to Israel, senior minister warns, ’The rules of the game have changed’
Judy Maltz Jul 25, 2017
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A day after five activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement were pulled off a flight from the United States bound for Israel, senior government ministers published an official statement explaining their decision to keep them out of the country.
“These were prominent activists who continuously advocate for a boycott and who sought to come [to Israel] as part of a delegation of extremist boycott organizations whose entire purpose is to harm Israel,” Interior Minister Arye Dery and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said in a joint statement.
In March, the Knesset passed a law that bars from Israel any foreigners who have publicly expressed support for boycotting Israel. In their statement, Dery and Erdan said the BDS supporters were pulled off the plane because of this new law.
Separately, Erdan said that “the rules of the game have changed” and that organizations seeking to harm Israel’s “national security” through boycotts would be denied entry to the country. “We will not let key boycott activists in here to harm us,” he said.
The interior minister is responsible for enforcing the new law. A spokeswoman said that decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, usually in compliance with recommendations from the Ministry of Strategic Sffairs, which monitors the international boycott movement.
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“The Interior Ministry prevented in this case and will also prevent in the future the entry of boycott activists whose key objective is to work against the State of Israel,” said Dery.
The five activists pulled off the flights were part of a 22-member interfaith delegation. They were about to board a Lufthansa flight from Dulles Airport when a representative of the airline notified them that instructions had been received from Israeli immigration authorities not to allow them on the flight. The activists prevented from flying with the group were members of three organizations that support the boycott: Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
On Monday, the Interior Ministry published a list of criteria that determine which organizations and activists fall under the controversial new ban. The organizations that will be targeted, according to these criteria, are those that promote a boycott “actively, consistently and continuously.”
The document notes, however, that just because an organization is “anti-Israel or pro-Palestinian, or has an agenda that is critical of Israeli government policy” is not an excuse to ban its members from the country.
The ban on BDS activists, the document said, will apply to activists in those organizations that have been targeted as well as to independent activists who meet one of the following criteria:
1. They hold senior-level positions in the targeted organizations;
2. They are key activists in the boycott movement, whether or not they operate independently or through the targeted organizations;
3. They are establishment figures (such as mayors) who openly support a boycott;
4. They operate on behalf of targeted organizations.
A complete list of organizations that have been targeted by the new law will be published in the near future, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said.
BDS ban: Five Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders denied entry to Israel for supporting Palestinian human rights – Mondoweiss
Jewish Voice for Peace on July 24, 2017
ive leaders on an interfaith delegation to Israel/Palestine were refused permission to board their plane in the United States, in what appears to be an implementation of Israel’s travel ban on supporters of Palestinian rights and Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS).
Rabbi Alissa Wise: “We were told at check-in that the airline has a letter from the Israeli government saying we are not allowed to fly to Israel. I wasn’t even able to get as far as checking my bag.”(...)
In first, Israel denies entry to religious official citing support of BDS movement - Israel News -
Haaretz.com | Ilan Lior Dec 06, 2016
read more: ▻http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.757208
The World Council of Churches is vehemently protesting Israel’s refusal to allow one of its executives to enter the country, charging that officials wrongly accused her of supporting the anti-Israel BDS movement.
It is the first time Israel has deported someone on the grounds that the person supported the Israel boycott, according to Israeli officials.
Israel interrogated and deported Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri, a Malawi citizen who serves as the council’s associate general secretary, after her arrival Monday at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Interior Minister Arye Dery decided against issuing the visa following consultations with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who is also in charge of the Strategic Affairs Ministry - tasked with countering anti-Israel boycotts. Phiri was sent back Monday night to Germany, from where she had originally departed for Israel.
U.S. border agents stopped journalist from entry and took his phones - The Washington Post
On Oct. 1, customs agents detained Ou for more than six hours and briefly confiscated his mobile phones and other reporting materials before denying him entry to the United States, according to Ou. He was on his way to cover the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline on behalf of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.
Dakhla, surf en territoire occupé | Camille Lavoix
Le Maroc mise sur le développement du tourisme pour normaliser l’annexion du Sahara occidental. Mais le succès international de Dakhla ne profite pas aux Sahraouis. Source : Le Courrier
Camille Lavoix, Le Courrier (Genève), le 24 octobre 2016
Notre reporter expulsé
Quand le lobbying ne suffit plus, la force est employée. A 5 heures du matin, sur ordre des renseignements généraux, le sous-préfet de Dakhla est venu chercher notre journaliste dans son bungalow, accompagné de gendarmes et de policiers. Leur ordre ? Ne pas lui parler et l’emmener à l’aéroport. Malgré ses demandes, à aucun moment la journaliste mandatée par Le Courrier et nos confrères du Monde ne sera informée des motifs de l’arrestation. Elle ne pourra pas non plus rencontrer un officiel marocain ou un juge pour être expulsée en bonne et due forme.
Journalistes, avocats et même députés européens… selon l’Association française d’amitié et de solidarité avec les peuples d’Afrique, Camille Lavoix est la 145e personne expulsée de la sorte depuis avril 2014. Une violation inadmissible de la liberté d’informer dénoncée tant par Le Courrier que par le quotidien vespéral dans son édition du week-end.
L’arbitraire et le racisme à l’œuvre à l’aéroport de Tel-Aviv - Association France Palestine Solidarité
Communiqué de l’AFPS, vendredi 21 octobre 2016
Le 20 octobre, six adhérents lorrains de l’AFPS ont été placés en rétention à leur arrivée à l’aéroport de Tel-Aviv, puis ont fait l’objet d’une mesure d’expulsion. De nationalité française, ils ont en commun de tous porter des patronymes arabes.
Il s’agit d’une manifestation de plus d’un racisme institutionnel poussé à l’extrême par le gouvernement israélien qui voit dans tout Palestinien et dans tout Arabe en général un « terroriste » en puissance.
Cette mesure extrêmement grave vise aussi à dissuader nos concitoyens de venir constater de visu la réalité insupportable de l’occupation et de la colonisation de la Palestine.
Avec une belle hypocrisie, les autorités israéliennes se justifient en général en disant que les personnes expulsées mentent sur le but de leur visite mais on sait très bien que donner le but réel de sa visite expose à l’accusation de soutien au « terrorisme » avec la même conséquence, c’est-à-dire l’expulsion.
Il est temps que la France exprime avec fermeté qu’il est inadmissible qu’un pays occupant s’octroie le pouvoir de décider arbitrairement qui a le droit d’accéder au pays qu’il occupe, que ce soit la Cisjordanie ou Gaza.
Le gouvernement français a les moyens de prendre les mesures de réciprocité qui s’imposent vis à vis d’Israël.
Les Palestinien.ne.s aussi, s’ils ne sont pas expulsés (parfois ils/elles le sont), sont profilé.e.s, discriminé.e.s, humilié.e.s :