Rachel Giora complains to the Euros about Israeli "Mistreatment" of foreign Palestinians - inhumanely required to have visas!

Rachel Giora, PhD Department of Linguistics, Tel Aviv University


-----Urspru"ngliche Nachricht-----
 *Von:* rachel giora []
 *Gesendet:* Dienstag, 16. Januar 2007 12:36
 *Betreff:* A message from the Israeli Committee for the Right of esidency


 Israeli Committee for Right of Residency

 January 16, 2007

 The Ambassador of Germany,

 Your Excellency,

 In March 2006 the Israeli government initiated a policy of visa denial to individuals of Palestinian descent having foreign passports, many of whom have been arbitrarily denied residency rights in the Occupied Territories. Many of these persons have lived here for years without having succeeded in obtaining residency rights until now. Even the fact that they have married Palestinians in Palestine, have children who were born here, and that their primary residence and place of employment/business is in the Occupied Territories has not helped.

 These people have managed to stay in the Occupied Territories by acquiring tourist visas issued by the Israeli government. Such visas are valid for three months. Their holders are obliged to go abroad to renew them. Those who cannot afford to travel abroad become illegal sojourners and live in perpetual fear of being deported, which confines them to their homes. Those who go abroad have no assurance that they will be allowed to return, and in recent years the number of people denied reentry has increased significantly. Indeed at this time most persons of Palestinian origin attempting to transit via Israel in order to return to their families and occupations in the Occupied Territories have been denied entry. Thus families are torn apart, schooling for the children is disrupted, and these cases often end in economic disaster and cause immense suffering.

 In addition to these people, of whom there are many, a smaller group of professionals from foreign countries are also being denied either entry or extensions of their visas. This group includes physicians, teachers, professors, social workers and professionals in a variety of fields filling critically important positions in hospitals, schools, universities and social institutions. Those being forced to leave by being denied entry or re-entry leave a vacuum in institutions unable to find replacements. This is devastating for all concerned, and has life-threatening implications particularly in the field of medical care. On one hand the ability of hospitals in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to treat Palestinians is constantly diminishing while on the other hand Israel’s General Security Services (‘Shabak’) often denies access to Israeli hospitals for treatment.


 Israeli Committee for Right of Residency

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 While it is true that on December 28, 2006 Maj. Gen. Yossef Mishlav
advised Dr. Saeb Erakat of new arrangements to be made to improve the situation, during the more than 2 weeks since the letter was written, nothing has changed. Individuals wishing to enter the OPT are still being denied entry, a number of whom have been deported.

 A group of concerned Israeli citizens has determined to protest this
injustice, which stands in gross contradiction to Israel,’s
 self-declared image of a democratic state supportive of human rights and
aspiring to a peaceful resolution of its conflict with the Palestinian people. We, the members of the Israel Committee for the Right of Residency, call upon the Israeli public to join us in demanding that our
government desist from denying residency rights in the Occupied
 Territories to Palestinians or persons of Palestinian descent with
foreign passports, as well as to foreign professionals contributing to the welfare of the Palestinian population. We also call upon all foreign embassies to use their good offices to intercede with the Israeli
authorities to change the imposed restrictions.

 We ask you, Your Excellency, for an opportunity to meet with you at your
earliest possible convenience to provide you more details of the
 situation and to seek your intervention towards a just solution to this

 Sincerely yours,

 Rachel Giora

 On behalf of the Committee


--- Original Message -----
From: ".TELA RK-1 Schlimm, Anke" <>>To: <>
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2007 8:12 AM
Subject: [Fwd: WG: A message from the Israeli Committee for the Right of Residency]

Dear Rachel Giora,
thank you very much for your e-mail.
As Head of the Legal and Consular Department in the German Embassy I am dealing with the topic of "Entry of EU nationals to the Occupied
I would be glad to meet with you in order to discuss the topic.
 Would you please call me at 03-6931 319 in order to set up an ppointment.

 Best regards, Anke Schlimm

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 Betreff: WG: A message from the Israeli Committee for the Right of
 Datum: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 07:38:05 +0200


Another positive response,
Rachel Giora

----- Original Message -----
From: Giselle Cohen
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2007 12:11 PM
Subject: ICRR your request for meeting

The Ambassador of Greece Mr. Nicholas Zafiropoulos has agreed in principle to your request for a meeting.
Kindly contact me to coordinate a suitable date.
Giselle Cohen
PA to the Ambassador



Tel Aviv University