Israel to pro-Palestine deportees: ‘There are other worthy choices to protest’

Like this Swedish tourist, “Flytilla” activists flying into Israel will be forced to sign a contract requiring them not to be affiliated in any way with “pro-Palestinian organizations”, “members”, or “activities”. Any breach of the contract will lead to instant deportation. Meanwhile, those deported will receive a letter from the Prime Minister’s office, urging activists to turn their attention to “other worthy choices”, like Syria, Iran, and Hamas. (The text for both documents can be found at the bottom.)

For a country that calls itself the “Middle East’s sole democracy”, political thought and expression means nothing unless it conforms exactly to the government’s idea of things. The contract, first published by +972 Magazine, is explicit in saying that pro-Palestinian sentiments are not welcome. In fact, they are cause for deportation.

What is worse, however, is Israel’s insistence that the public turn a blind eye to its human rights violations and focus on other avenues of concern. The letter given to deported activists urges them to “first solve the real problems of the region” before protesting Israel’s actions. It is as if six and a half decades worth of occupation, exploitation, and force-heavy discrimination does not qualify as a “real” problem.

Ultimately, Israel has criminalized being pro-Palestine by pressing “all possible legal actions” against those who are associated in some way with the movement against the occupation. This fringes on blatant censorship and political repression where even certain Israeli nationals are pressured into downplaying their dissent with the Israeli government.

But not only is dissent contractually forbidden, it is simply not morally righteous enough. So long as other humanitarian concerns exist, Israel demands a free pass. It is this flawed mentality, coupled with the ramifications of supporting Palestinian rights, that really forces one to question Israel’s idea of freedom and democracy.

Sami Kishawi


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Text of the contract issued by Israel’s Ministry of the Interior

Obligation form

I ________ citizen of ________ and holder of passpott number ________ hereby declare the the following:

I undertake that I cant be a member of any pro Palestinian Organizations and not be in contact with any other Members of any pro Palestinian organizations , as well I will not participate in pro Palestinian activities. I understand that if I will get caught doing even one of those things  ,all relevant legal actions will be taken against me Including deportation  and  refusal of entry into Israel. I undertake to leave the country on the nine tens of april 2012.

Name ________ signature ________ date ________

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Text of the letter issued by the Prime Minister’s office to activists being deported

Dear activist,

We appreciate your choosing ot make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns.

We know there were many other worthy choices.

You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime’s daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives.

You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent and support of terrorism throughout the world.

You could have chosen to protest Hamas rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians.

But instead you chose to protest against Israel, the Middle East’s sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all and minorities do not live in fear.

We therefore suggest that you first solve the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience.

Have a nice flight.

There are 10 comments

  1. David

    Wow! Does it get more blatant and ugly than this? The urging of the Israeli government to re-focus on other problems can be answered by reminding that government that this is what the Allies did when confronted with evidence of the extermination program in WWII: They said that had to first win the war and then everything would be ok. Also, the Palestinian cause is older, more festering and uglier than most other social activist concerns which appear newborn and innocent by comparison. In short, pro-Palestinian activism is more worthy.

    One can sense, however, the desperation in these constraints, the dying wimper of something utterly old and in the way! Bye Bye Netanyahoo!

  2. nimshkedy

    Why don’t people get it into their %$@#ing minds, Palestine and Israel are at war. And there are certain actions that nations tend not to tolerate while in a state of war. What do you think will happen if you go to the US and rally for Al-Qaeda? Or if you went to England during WWII and declared that the Allied forces should stop killing Nazis because it’s a violation of human rights? You’d get arrested before you could say Jack Robinson. Then, if you’re lucky, you’ll be deported before you get raped in jail by local hooligans.

    1. ZQ

      To say that Israel and Palestine are at war is to say that there are two armed forces, which isn’t what’s going on. What is going on is Israel being a rogue terrorist state that attacks and imprisons civilians while stealing land, protecting illegal acts of Jewish people while discriminating Palestinians and ignoring their human rights. If you consider this war, then the Holocaust was a war, too, and no one should’ve interfered.

    2. David

      Why don’t you get into your $^%*#? mind that war requires two opposing armies. Where is the Palestinian Air Force, its Palestinian Tank Brigades, its bulldozers??? Where??? It’s not war, it’s occupation. Israel has no right to Palestinian land in the WB and yet it is determined to goniff this as well as everything else no matter what the world thinks or how many Palestinians have to killed or run off. Israel is an obscenity and the greatest threat to world peace since WW II. The Israelis are racists and cowards.

      1. David

        It isn’t an argument in defense of Israel to show up other countries as really bad news. Israel is still bad news by the Western “shared values.”

  3. Ella

    Your problem is not with human rights. What Israel is trying to say is that if you would truly have a human rights concern you would pick a country with more pressing human rights issue. Take Syria for example – thousands killed in the streets for voicing their opinion against their government. Iran, women are stoned to death for cheating on their husbands, Saudi Arabia, woman are prohibited from driving. There are countless other examples. Israeli citizens are allowed and encouraged to voice their protests against the Israeli goverment, and boy do they ever! Last summer the biggest social protest against goverment policies took place. You know how many people were shit dead? Not a single one.
    But no country in their right mind, would allow its enemies to come on to its soil to incite and promote gathered that could result in spreading fear among its citizens. Those actions do not promote peace. These actions are directed specifically against the Jewish state and the Israeli Citizens. As an Israeli citizen I also wonder, like my goverment, why you are not so concerned about your fellow Muslims all over the world who kill Muslims on a daily basis.
    Let’s build bridges for peace and find ways to talk not through incitement.
    Ella Mor

    1. David

      The dispossession and destruction of the Palestinian people has gone on for 60 plus years. It is the single most compelling human rights issue in the world today as a result. Besides — who is Israel to tell me what human rights issues I want to be active in? They, the Israeli government, is about as ugly as any maybe more so for the patina of being civilized. Israel is a Jewish disappointment, I can assure you of that. A big disappointment and I am ashamed to have connection with these momzers.

    2. David

      No. Let’s build settlements not bridges and push the Palestinians out of their land. That’s policy, isn’t it? Israel has no claim — let me repeat that — no claim on the West Bank. Israelis all want peace. Hell, even Netanyahoo wants peace…but on his terms only. Fergetaboutit.

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