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Thu Mar 1, 2012, 05:54 PM

U.S. Congresswomen See Israel, Palestinians In The Eyes Of J Street [View all]

KALANDIYA, West Bank (JTA) -- The U.S. congresswomen get off the bus and stand in the chilly shadows of the Kalandiya crossing point between the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Its late morning, well past the rush hour when thousands of Palestinians congregate here, and only a few dozen Palestinians stand in line. To cross, the Palestinians go through a series of metal turnstiles and wait with their documents until they are called, one by one, to approach the Israeli soldiers sitting behind bullet-proof barriers.

One Palestinian man strikes up a conversation.

I have American citizenship but I am not allowed to travel through Ben Gurion Airport because I have a Palestinian ID card, Hamad Hindi of Louisiana tells the congresswomen. We are seen as guilty of something because we are Palestinian.



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