On May 20th, 2022, Israel will be implementing a new policy of entry and residence of foreigners, including those of Palestinian origin, into the West Bank, further complicating entry restrictions. The new rules represent a clear Israeli intention to restrict, track, and trace the travel of foreign nationals to the occupied Palestinian territories, control Palestinian population growth, and keep data on the land claims of Palestinians holding foreign nationality. They blatantly differentiate between Americans of Palestinian origin, those with roots in the occupied Palestinian territories, and other Americans. In addition, they differentiate between travelers visiting Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and those visiting Jewish residents of Israeli illegal settlements there. Most notably, the new rules no longer treat the occupied West Bank as a separate geographic unit from Israel.
Americans for Justice in Palestine Action calls on Secretary Blinken to demand Israel end its disparate treatment of American travelers as a non-negotiable condition in the bilateral relations between the two countries.
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