Mondoweiss, a pro-Palestinian website, is reporting that the Israelis would not let a teacher cross the border, as she was taking the class on a trip to London (Click Here). Without the teacher, the class was delayed making it to the airport; and the class of children did not make their trip to London.
A Palestinian head teacher leading 12 children on their way to London for a Camden Abu Dis youth exchange funded by Youth in Action was prevented by Israeli guards from crossing the border between the West Bank and Jordan yesterday, Sunday 23rd June. The group of 16 were travelling to join a UK group of the same size for a drama-based exchange during which they would be five days in Devon followed by six days in London.
If this was done out of spite or bureaucratic arrogance1 – and that is a big if – it was sheer cruelty on Israel’s part.
Now, Mondoweiss is a pro-Palestinian board with a strong anti-Israel bias; and one has to factor that into the interpretation of the story. However, the story is probably true.
Others, even Israelis, have reported that Israel will go out of its way to make life miserable for the Palestinians, in the hopes that they will give up and leave. This may be one case in point.
Mind you, I am not anti-Israel. I am just noting that both sides play dirty.
A Handsomely made video, until you realize they are denying the right of Israel to exist. This is ugly!
What the Arabists will never tell you is how badly the Palestinians behave as well. This may or may not justify Israeli actions, on a case by case basis; but it does put Israeli actions in context.
What must never be forgotten is how barbaric Arab civilization is. Honor killing, Female mutilation, etc.
The Arabs are even worse to each other than the Israelis are.
There is no solution here. Neither side will give up the claim to the land.
The only option may be to pay those young people willing to leave to move to South America. It will be expensive; but it is better than the nuclear war that will come if the nothing is done to alter the path of both sides.
1There have been reports that Israel will deny permits to Arabs who do not work for them as snitches. Ha’aretz reported that Medical Students studying in the Eastern Part of Jerusalem were told they would have spy if they wanted permission to continue studying.
The Shin Bet security service is trying to recruit Palestinian medical students as a condition for granting them entry permits to Jerusalem, according to two medical students at Al-Quds University pursuing internships in Palestinian university hospitals in the city.
The Shin Bet said in response that the two students’ entry permits had not been renewed for security reasons. The agency did not refer to the students’ allegations that agents tried to blackmail them in exchange for renewing their permits.
What was interesting is that the medical school students were not approached with this horrible choice until they were in their fifth year – doing their internship – forcing them to be a snitch, or abandon the four years of their lives they had already invested in medical school.
Of course, Israel will never admit this; and the catch all official reason was that their permits were denied for security reasons. But even Israel National News has conceded that Israel has refused medical treatment to those who do not snitch for them.
As odd as it sounds, Israel keeps a database on everyone. They will ask you your father’s name, your mother’s name, etc. The idea is to have total information on everyone so they can control them.
You may say it is necessary; but it is totalitarian. If any Arab does not cooperate, even if they are otherwise innocent, no permits will be given to them.
It is an effective, but ruthless way of coercing information.
What is amazing is to see how many Israelis approve of it, yet if it were done to Jews, there would be a worldwide howl.
I am not condemning Israel. Just observing that the situation is very ugly.