Original post made by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Jan 18, 2007
There has been extremely disturbing reports that Israel has dramatically expanded its ethnically cleansing of the West Bank and Gaza by effectively denying the return of nationals of Palestinian origin. This breaking news was reported by an eminent Israeli human rights attorney (Leah Tsemel) and a Palestinian-American filmmaker (Suzy Salamy) who was detained by Israeli officials and subsequently deported. Thousands have been denied entry into the Occupied Territories effectively splitting families apart, disrupting students in their educational pursuits and torpedoing business activities. Sam Bahour, a prominent Palestinian-American businessman, confirmed that, in addition to freezing visitation rights, Israel was blocking the infusion of capital and entrepreneurs to ensure that the Palestinians would remain in a state of abject poverty and economic misery. Anita Abdullah, a researcher at Birzeit University, Institute of Community and Public Health, reported that approximately 50% of students and faculty have been denied reentry seriously disrupting academic programs. Contrast these racist attitudes, with Israel's open-door policy to Jews who are granted full citizenship rights regardless of their country of origin. The Israeli human rights group B'tzelem, confirmed that the sinister intentions of Israel is to stunt the growth of the Palestinian population by "preventing the entry of spouses and children of residents, and by stimulating emigration from the area."