7/10/06-CFL ALERT: FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1967, ISRAEL IS BARRING ENTRY OF PALESTINIAN-AMERICANS INTO THE WEST BANK.
*Palestinian-Americans who have lived and worked in the West Bank for years are being prevented from entering Palestinian territories when returning from trips abroad. Because the Israeli Interior Ministry has not issued a formal statement Palestinian-Americans are learning of this new policy when they reach border crossings and are refused entry. This ban has affected thousands of American and European citizens who are currently unable to return to their jobs, schools and families by the Israeli government. Please take a moment to condemn the treatment of American citizens by the Israeli government and to ask your representatives what they will do to help American citizens in the Occupied Territories.
*Tell your representatives that you believe this extreme new policy is a form of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population. By creating these ridiculous obstacle courses through which Palestinians have to go through in order to go to work, to their homes or to visit their families, the Israelis are hoping to drive all Palestinians out of the Occupied Territories. Tell your representatives that not only are Palestinian-Americans being prevented from entering the territories, but Americans working for humanitarian organizations are also not being allowed into the West Bank. Ask your representatives to demand that the Israelis explain why they are preventing American citizens and humanitarian relief workers into the territories. Tell your representatives that you are outraged that Israel would treat American citizens this way considering that the U.S. gives that country $12 billion dollars in welfare a year.
*The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is stating that the United States cannot intervene in the decisions of a sovereign country, basically, the U.S. is unwilling to intervene and protect the interests of American citizens in the occupied territories because they happen to be of Palestinian heritage. Please tell your representatives that this statement by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is simply unacceptable considering that the U.S. has had no qualms in assisting the Israeli occupation government’s attempts to strangle and destroy the democratically elected government of the Palestinian people.
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