Dangerous Peaceseeker! - 18 Turned Back At Airport
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Today Michael Tarazi, member of the PLO Peace Negotiations team was refused entry at Ben Gurion Airport upon hiss return from a vissitt to the United States. We spoke with him on his mobile phone, while he was in the police station of the Ben-Gurion Airport - but it was interrupted in the middle, and afterwards the phone was disconnected.
Tarazi, who has US citizenship, lives in Ramallah and works as the legal adviser for the PLO negotiating team. Many Israelis have heard him speak, in house meetings, but also in public halls where he gave his vision why the negotiations went wrong, inspiring Israeli peace activists with hope. Preventing this man from entering Israel is part of a war - not against terrorism, but against those peaceseeking Palestinians who can prove that "there is a partner" and thereby constitute a danger for the Israeli propaganda machine.
For similar reasons also 17 members of Fellowship of Reconciliation from the US, were refused entry when they arrived at BG Airport. The FOR members were to meet with Knesset members (e.g., Yosi Sarid) as well as with activist groups.
Already for a few months the Israeli army keeps the international press away from the Palestinian areas during its reconquest operations.
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