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New ‘Judea and Samaria’ Passport Stamp Drives Arabs and the AP Nuts

Incredibly, the AP badgered the U.S. State Department spokesperson about the passport stamp change.
Someone should alert this man: Dani Dayan, Chairman of the Judea, Samaria and Gaza Council.

Someone should alert this man: Dani Dayan, Chairman of the Judea, Samaria and Gaza Council.
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MR. TONER: I’ve looked into it. I don’t have much to say about it beyond the fact that it’s really a question better directed to the Israeli Government for their specifics on their border procedures.

My understanding is that this stamp is for – is an entry stamp that permits travel –

QUESTION: Into the West Bank?

MR. TONER: — into the West Bank.

QUESTION: But you do recognize the West Bank as occupied territory; correct?

MR. TONER: Again, this is a question, I think, on the actual stamp and what it says. I think it’s best directed to the Israeli Government.

QUESTION: Well, can’t you see if there is more that you can say about this, considering the fact that you took great pains to say that the Chinese map and their map and the Chinese passport was wrong? And this would seem to follow along the same lines. If the Israelis are now using words that would imply that they’re – that would – that might imply a claim over territory, it would seem to be roughly the same as the Chinese passport issue, which you said you were raising with the Chinese.

MR. TONER: I wouldn’t conflate the two issues. I could look to see if we have anything more to say on it, but I think – the emphasis on the word “might” – I think that this is a stamp that they provide for –

QUESTION: Well, the point is that I don’t think –

MR. TONER: – travelers into Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of the West Bank.

QUESTION: Well, have you talked –

MR. TONER: I have not. We’ve not sought clarification on it. I’ll check.

QUESTION: You’ve not? Because I would think that you might want to, to make sure that this isn’t – this is not something that prejudges the outcome of a negotiation, which is the same thing as the Chinese passport –

MR. TONER: I’ll look into it. But obviously you know what our position is on that, but I’ll look into it.

QUESTION: Well, then you would have a problem with it if –

MR. TONER: I’ll look into it, Matt.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: Would you be concerned that this might be interpreted as creeping annexation?

MR. TONER: Again, I think I just told Matt I don’t have many details, beyond the fact that this is a stamp that their customs and border agency provides stamps on passports for people to go into these Palestinian Authority-controlled areas. I’ll try to get more details if we have any on the actual names that they’re using.

QUESTION: And do you feel – there was an editorial today in The New York Times saying that perhaps it is time for the Administration to retake the lead in sort of re-igniting the talks or the peace process. Do you feel that this is the feeling in this building?

MR. TONER: Well, I think, as I said yesterday to Matt, this is a difficult and complex process. I don’t think we’ve ever backed away from our efforts to get the parties back to the negotiating table, but we have had some setbacks. Last week’s vote in the UN was a setback. The Israeli announcement on Friday was a setback. But we continue to work closely with our partners on this to get them back to what we all want to see, which is a negotiated settlement.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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9 Responses to “New ‘Judea and Samaria’ Passport Stamp Drives Arabs and the AP Nuts”

  1. Lorie Davidson says:

    Thanks for info

  2. At least they admit that the UN vote was a setback.

  3. I think it's a step forward when they acknowledge that the UN vote was setback.

  4. OK, I don't like it that my photo location (when taken in Jerusalem, Israel) will not be categorized as Israel.

  5. Heather Dow says:

    I find it interesting that those opposed to Israel are the more venomous speaking people but those on the side of truth and Israel are more educated in their responses and much more polite…. Um. Just saying…
    With that – go for it Israel build on your land in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem. May the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob (Israel) protect you and keep you safe. Shalom

  6. Douglas Mills says:

    Perfect! Israel is starting to do a good job and not letting the opinions of the anti-Israeli UN, who has done nothing to help anyone except themselves influence their decisions. What ever Israel does they will compain about so we might as well do what's right for B'nai Yisrael.

  7. Chaiya Eitan says:

    This should have been done a long time ago!

  8. Judy Moadeb says:

    Go Doug! Thanks for bringing this information to everyone

  9. This is absurd. I can't understand why they do such things. They can't escape though because I know each country is very strict with identification and stuff. – http://www.magnumpress.com/

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