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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 03:51 PM
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Accidental emigrant (by Amira Hass , Haaretz)
This past March, 44-year-old Hayan Ju'beh's tourist visa expired, and he had to travel to Amman in order to receive a new one - a routine procedure for him over the last 10 years. "Three to four days and I'll be back," he promised his four children.

On the day of his expected return, his wife, 34-year-old Sawsan Quaoud, took their four children to a mall at El Bireh. The kids played games and she sat and watched them, drinking coffee and smoking a cigarette. It was then that she received a call from her husband.

The authorities didn't allow him to pass through the Allenby border crossing, he told her.

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In December 1995 the Ministry of Interior began implementing a systematic policy of revoking the Jerusalem residency status of thousands of Palestinians who were born in the city, but for whom, according to the ministry, Jerusalem was no longer "the center of their lives" -

and therefore their permanent residency permit had "expired."

This applied to all those who lived abroad in the past or at that time, as well as those Palestinians who lived in neighborhoods just outside Jerusalem's municipal boundary. There was no official declaration of this policy. It only manifested itself as such when an increasing number of people discovered at the border crossings or at the offices of the Ministry of Interior that they were no longer defined as residents, and not as Jerusalemites, and were being stripped of rights in their own town.

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At the MBC office he met Sawsan Quaoud, a Nablus native and a Ramallah resident. In 1997 they married, and settled in Ramallah. In 1999 they established a television film production company; they also had two children. When they lost all hope of Ju'beh regaining his Jerusalem residency, they asked the Israeli authorities (through the Palestinian Ministry of Interior) for "family reunification" in Ramallah.

That is, they asked Israel to allow him to become a resident of the Palestinian Authority.

Israel did not do so; indeed, in all such cases since September 2000, has put the applications on indefinite hold.

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Ju'beh decided not to act illegally, as some people do, by remaining in the country after his visa expired, to fight for his right to stay "from the inside." That would have turned him into a prisoner in Ramallah. Indeed when traveling to work outside the city, at every checkpoint in the area, a soldier could have discovered his "crime" and would have the authority to deport him.

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"We surrendered," admitted Quaoud, on the eve of her forced departure to Britain.

The Israeli authorities that revoked Ju'beh's residency of his native Jerusalem did not allow reunification with his wife in Ramallah, and finally also decided that even as a tourist, he does not have the right to live in his homeland.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/755375.html
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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 03:54 PM
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1. The guy was born in Jerusalem ... and had "permanent" residancy
If this is not a blatant example of Racism and discrete ethnic cleansing , I don't know what is.
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breakaleg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 04:33 PM
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2. I'd like to some a pro-Israel person defend this. Anyone?
How Israel gets away with this is beyond me. The blatant discrimination, racism and stealing other peoples' land is unconscionable and I hope the day for retribution will come soon.
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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 05:13 PM
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3. They will just ignore it...
Like what happened in 1948 , it is considered bad taste to talk in public about such things ... , but its ok to DO those things
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breakaleg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 05:32 PM
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4. I know. I am just curious as to what the justification will be this time.
There was a time when South Africa staunchly defended Apartheid, and we all saw how that turned out.

It's not often you hear crickets where Israel is concerned.
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 03:15 AM
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8. Why do want this defended?
Do think racism should be excused in some fashion? What I find "indefensible" is your continuing comments:

"How Israel gets away with this is beyond me. The blatant discrimination, racism and stealing other peoples' land is unconscionable and I hope the day for retribution will come soon."

How many other countries "get away" with the same damn thing? I live in New Orleans, would you like to hear about Katrina?! I am a gay Jew in the South...wanna hear how I am treated by my citizens and country!? As for the last part of your paragraph, that sounds "creepy" and reeks of injustice!
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IntiRaymi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 10:06 AM
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9. How DOES Israel get away with it?
Racism here does not justify racism there, so instead of inserting non sequitours into the thread, tell us how it is exactly that land expropriations in the West Bank and Gaza are condoned in your mind.
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 01:39 PM
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11. The same way others do, internal issues.
I said nothing about racism here justifying racism anywhere else. I used examples of racism plaguing many places, including our own country. So before throwing stones at other nations, perhaps we need to also address the issues we face as a nation.

I don't know how to address the last part of your sentence as I do not condone the occupation.
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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 11:32 AM
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10. Yes , it is a common human problem ...
this lumping of human being into "us" and the "others" that we must seperate from ...

In the US its Anglo-Saxon vs Jews , or Anglos vs Blacks and coloreds ..

In France its European vs Algerian french...

In Israel its Jews vs Arabs...

In Syria its Arabs vs . Kurds , also in Turkey turks vs kurds

and I can count tens of more examples .

Quite sickening ...

And its in no way just Israel doing this injustice..

But whats the solution ?

To continue on this path of "seperate but equal" ?

To continue ethnic cleansing since its done everywhere ?

Thats why I think in the long run , the prefered solution is a binational state , a state for all its citizens where the rights of all groups , whatever their percentage of the population are guaranteed ... druze , jews , haredi jews , shiites , sunnis, allawites , maronites , orthodox ..etc..

But the delima is in such a state , how do you guarantee that the rights of whoever becomes the minority are not violated ?

This is a fear that I agree is valid for the Jews of Israel , and to think otherwise is to live in LaLaland...

But this is a fear that won't be resolved even by a 2 state solution , for Arabs constitute about 20% of Israel proper , and their numbers are growing .....

The real solution is to forget about all national identifications , and each of us just consider himself a Human being and a citizen of Earth , nothing more... then borders and boundries will start to dissolve

That may be too idealistic ? but what other way is there ? other than eternal war and strife ? the story of the Balkans repeated forever ?





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breakaleg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 07:00 PM
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13. I don't want it defended, but I anticipate some sort of twisted
justification coming from the pro-Israeli crowd and I was waiting to see what that was.
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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-06-06 06:46 AM
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14. They are silent about such subject...
they wish it will just go away by their wall of silence.. this inherit Racism of a Theocratic state.
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IntiRaymi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 05:34 PM
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5. And no, they'll claim they are not racist.
This is *yet* another example of this exceptionalism they have granted themselves.
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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 06:53 PM
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12. One example that made it to the press ... there are thousands of examples
that don't
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 07:16 PM
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6. Israel is fast becoming a pariah
nation accelerated by information, such as this, gleaned from the internet. Is the time coming when Israel's allies, the US and UK will attempt to censor and control this valuable source of information? Ju'beh's case is reminiscent of similar stories of the past from Nazi Germany and The USSR and perhaps, in the future, similar stories in the USofA.
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breakaleg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 02:56 AM
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7. kick!
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