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Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French... What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.


Mahatma Gandhi

Editorial, The Harijan, 26-11-1938

Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian Resistance II – Living the Occupation

Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian Resistance II – Living the Occupation

By Nivedita Menon

November 7, 2012


Planning to visit Palestine? Good news, Indian citizens don’t need a visa to enter Palestine. One small thing though. Palestine is occupied, and you cannot enter Palestine except through Israeli border control. The occupied Palestinian territories (OPT) have no control over their external borders.

Whether you fly in through Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, or enter by road from Jordan or Egypt – it’s an Israeli visa that is required – there is no such thing as a visa to Palestine. Indeed, from the point of view of the occupying state, there is no Palestine, only Palestinian Territories – that is, West Bank and Gaza, the two green bits in the fourth map reproduced in the previous post. (There are also no Palestinians, according to Israeli state classifications – there are Israelis and there are bureaucratically differentiated Arabs, as we’ll see below). And it’s highly unlikely you’ll be granted a visa if you say you are going to visit towns in the occupied territories. Alternatively, if a visa is granted to visit the West Bank, you fall foul of Israeli border policy, begun in 2009, that bars foreigners who say they are visiting the Palestinian Territories from entering Israel. Which means then, that once you enter West Bank, you cannot visit Jerusalem, or any other part of Israel. [...]


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