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According to newspaper reports, there's  a good chance that next year Israelis will not need a visa to visit the United States.

Assuming the negotiations work out, Israeli settlers in the West Bank will get the visa waiver, while their next-door Palestinian neighbors will not. Thus the U.S. will unintentionally contribute to the apartheid situation in the West Bank.

If the U.S. government is truly opposed to West Bank settlements, it can take a principled stand now: Either all residents of the occupied territories get the visa waiver, or none do.

Not that I'm holding my breath.

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  •  A more informative diary about this (2+ / 0-)
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    Justanothernyer, FG

    was posted by David Harris Gershon yesterday.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Tell Warner Brothers Pictures that Rooney Mara is #NotYourTigerLily.

    by ExpatGirl on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 05:26:34 AM PDT

    •  It is worth noting that the first para of that (1+ / 0-)
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      Justanothernyer

      better diary reads:

      Israel has been told by the United States that, unless it stops discriminating against Palestinian-Americans (and Americans of Middle-Eastern descent) trying to enter the country, Israel will continue to be denied entry into its visa waiver program.

      Tell Warner Brothers Pictures that Rooney Mara is #NotYourTigerLily.

      by ExpatGirl on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 05:31:37 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, but unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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        Johnny Q

        the USA is lying.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 06:36:24 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Sorry, I didn't see that other diary, (1+ / 0-)
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        ExpatGirl

        or I would have simply commented in it. The focus of that diary is about discrimination against Palestinian Americans coming into Israel, an issue that seems to be moving towards a resolution.

        My diary was about a different discrimination, one that will come into play after the first issue is resolved: Israeli settlers in the west bank will get a U.S. visa waiver, but their Palestinian neighbors will not. A continuation of the familiar pattern -- two people under one rule, some with full rights, others with none.

        U.S. officials would do well to focus on this second issue which is currently off the table. They can stipulate that visa waivers are only for Israelis who live in Israel.

        This will send a strong signal to the settlers that their choice to establish apartheid settlements in occupied territories has its price.

  •  Citizenship, not residency (2+ / 0-)
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    FG, mattoqp

    determines eligibility for the visa waiver pogram.  Thus, if Israel is allowed to participate, Israeli citizens could benfit whether they reside in the West Bank or in Mexico.  Similarly, British citizens benefit from Britain's participation in the visa waiver program where ever they reside.  On the other hand Palestine, like many other countries, will not be allowed to participate and thus Palestinians, whether residing in Russia, Israel or the West Bank will not benefit from the program.

    Thus, your diary's premise is false and the accusation you make nonsense.  

  •  We've been paying for Israel's "security" (0+ / 0-)

    -- including its operations in the OTs (money and weaponry being fungible) -- for years.  Why stop now?

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 06:36:01 AM PDT

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