Thursday, July 13, 2006

Brain Drain

From EI:
According to the Haaretz newspaper, Israel’s interior ministry has been quietly implementing a new rule since April that allows it to refuse entry to Palestinians holding foreign passports to Israel and the occupied territories. Most of those affected are Palestinians who today have citizenship in America or Europe.

Israel has this power over these Palestinians’ lives because, since its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, it has usurped control of the borders of the Palestinian territories. In another sign of how mistaken Western observers are in believing that the occupation of Gaza somehow ended with the withdrawal of Jewish settlers last year, Israel is still able to prevent Palestinians with a foreign passport (as well as those from the West Bank) from entering Gaza.

This new policy of exclusion affects thousands of the wealthiest and most educated Palestinians, some of whom have been living in the occupied territories for a decade or more investing in the economy as entrepreneurs, teaching in the universities or establishing desperately needed civil society organisations.

You can help alleviate the brain drain temporarily by contacting foundations like Al-Qattan and applying for an arts residency. I've been planning to do so for years, but I think next summer will be the time to go.


Blogger confused arab chick said...

I don't understand- how can they legally ban US citizens, regardless of their origin, from entering the country or the Palestinian territories?!

4:08 AM  
Blogger rockslinga said...

Welcome to Israel--and America-- where the gov't can do anything the fuck it wants (in the name of "homeland security") and get away with it.

2:35 PM  
Blogger confused arab chick said...

i best be making my first trip to the homeland soon then...who would have thought my US citizenship would have put me at a DISadvantage?

9:01 PM  

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