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Palestinians: ‘No Jews Allowed!’

Netanyahu: No Jews Allowed

Hebron Jews have long ago been barred from most of their city. Things are largely the same for the rest of the PA run areas.
Photo Credit: Stephen Leavitt / JewishPress.com

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

The next time U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ramallah, will he actually violate U.S. law to make sure there are no Jews among his entourage, lest he upset his Palestinian hosts?

“We will approve the meeting on condition there are no Jews.”

This is what you are likely to hear these days if you request a meeting with any senior Palestinian Authority official in the West Bank.

Palestinian journalists who try to arrange meetings or interviews with Palestinian Authority representatives for Western colleagues have become used to hearing such things almost on a daily basis.

Just last week, for example, a journalist who requested a meeting between Western journalists and a top Palestinian Authority official was told “to make sure there were no Jews or Israelis” among the visitors.

The official’s aide went on to explain: “We are sorry, but we do not meet with Jews or Israelis.”

Another Palestinian journalist who tried to arrange an interview with a Palestinian Authority official for a European colleague was turned down “because the man’s name indicates he is a Jew.”

In yet another recent incident, a Palestinian Authority ministry instructed its guards to “prevent Jewish reporters” from attending an event in Ramallah.

It is not clear at this stage if the Palestinian Authority leadership is behind the boycott of Jews and Israelis who seek to meet with its representatives.

What is clear is that Palestinian Authority officials do not hesitate to state in public that they do not want to meet with any Jew or Israeli.

The Palestinian Authority representatives assume that if you are a Jew, then you must be pro-Israel or anti-Palestinian.

The only people with whom they want to meet are those who support the Palestinians and do not ask difficult questions.

That is why the Palestinian Authority earlier this year imposed severe restrictions on the work of non-Palestinian journalists in the territories under its control in the West Bank.

Now, any journalist who wants to visit a Palestinian city or meet with a top Palestinian official needs to get permission in advance from the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information.

Even the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the West Bank has come out in support of the restrictions. The syndicate has even gone a step further by urging the Palestinian Authority leadership to ban Israeli journalists from entering Palestinian cities and working there without permission.

Some Israeli journalists covering Palestinian affairs, however, continue to defy the ban by visiting Ramallah and other Palestinian cities — putting their lives at risk.

There were days when Israeli and Palestinian journalists used to work together and help each other in reporting the news. But those days were long before the Palestinian Authority and its representatives started promoting boycotts against Israelis.

It now remains to be seen how Palestinians will react when and if they see their leaders in the West Bank return to the negotiating table with Israel, or meet with a Jewish Congressman or politician.

The next time U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ramallah, will he actually violate U.S. law to make sure there are no Jews among his entourage lest he upset his Palestinian hosts?

About the Author: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades.


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7 Responses to “Palestinians: ‘No Jews Allowed!’”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    why not send the Nutrei Karta there and in Gaza since they love each other?

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    send the Satmare and Litvaks there too. Great way for us to have Jews living in places we gave up and lets see if the Arabs will accept them since they expelled all Jews from All Arab countries so now we can see if they put their mney where their mouth is@@.

  3. Shelby Gubin says:

    And Israel is the aprtheid state?

  4. Don't let Palestinians to Israel.

  5. Ken Kelso says:

    Abbas wants to create a Jew free state and to flood Israel with millions of Arabs for the 2nd Pal state.
    Arafat called this the stages policy.

  6. Ken Kelso says:

    Abbas wants to create a Jew free state and to flood Israel with millions of Arabs for the 2nd Pal state.
    Arafat called this the stages policy.

  7. Why is it also not discussed that Cyprus has been 'divided' since being invaded by Turkey. What about the Pakistan-Kashmir border problem? What about China & Tibet? Why do Western news reporters concentrate their efforts on what is probably one of the smallest 'disputed' borders in the world, one upon which one side contributes more to the world medically, scientifically and agriculturally than any other nation (per capita) yet some of its neighbor's residents and agitators still try to eliminate the tiny country of Israel as if it would be the panacea for world peace and contentment. Who has seen the demographic differences in Western Europe? Are you eager to see similar situations on this side of the Atlantic? Advise your politicians what you expect of them, without further delay. I, for one, think Prime Minister Stephen Harper has the integrity to be aware, fair and compassionate. I don't know of another P.M. or U.S. president who has the wisdom to see the actuality of this decade's events and act accordingly.

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