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  •  They don't even acknowledge .. (12+ / 0-)

    Americans with Palestinian heritage .. like this summer demonstrates .. or the case of Anna Lekas Miller.

    •  and people like this elected official in the US (12+ / 0-)

      posting this diary think that Americans should be supporting Israel without a second thought?

      EVERYONE should go read that link. Right now.

      Excerpt:

      He proceeded to go through my phone and take down the contact information for any Arabic-sounding name—even if they lived in the United States. Luckily this was my American phone and not my Palestinian phone, and I had hidden any contacts that appeared in both with a non-Arabic sounding name.

      “Okay,” he said. “We’re deporting you back to New York. You are banned from Israel for 10 years.”

      Five Shin Bet officers escorted me to where my suitcase was, which they had ransacked and broken, then covered with security tags before I was allowed to leave the room, still with an escort. I was denied the right to a phone call and only found out I was being deported to Berlin (via Istanbul) instead of New York once I was on the plane.

      On the nearly empty 4 a.m. flight to Istanbul, my passport still held at the front of the plane, I thought about how difficult it is going to be for me to see any of my Palestinian friends again. For most Palestinians living in the West Bank, leaving requires dozens of permits—which are often expensive and ultimately denied. Going abroad also requires a visa, rarely granted to Palestinians who do not carry a passport other than their hawiyeh, a Palestinian identification card.

      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 12:49:58 PM PDT

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      •  H.R. 93 US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act 2014 (5+ / 0-)

        which passed 410 yes to 1 nay in the house

        It has some truly outrageous parts, and yet 410 of our elected voted yes.

        We all need to get to know what it is in this AIPAC, J St. supported bill, (which of course means great for Israel, but not so good for the American people) before the Senate takes it up and which seems to be giving Israel a pass on the visas for Americans part.

        United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014
        https://www.govtrack.us/...

        and how your rep voted for it
        https://www.govtrack.us/...

        The legislation — authored by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in the House and by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate — designates Israel a “major strategic partner” of the United States. It also expands U.S.-Israel cooperation in a variety of arenas, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, energy, science and trade.

        _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

        by allenjo on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 02:31:00 PM PDT

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