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Friday, March 08, 2013

Producing little terrorists at taxpayer expense

The two founders of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) terror organization showed up at Ben Gurion Airport this week, where one, Adam Shapiro, was promptly deported to the United States due to a ten-year ban on his entering the country since he showed up on a ship running the Gaza blockade in 2009. Shapiro had already been banned previously, for a widely publicized breakfast with Yasser Arafat at the Muqata in 2002 at the height of the murderous intifada.

But his wife, Huwaida Arraf, who has Israeli citizenship, was allowed to stay here and will give birth to a son here in about five weeks. This is from a letter she sent out to supporters on Monday:
Adam and I are expecting our first child, a boy in about 5 weeks. As joyful as this blessing is, we've had / we have to make some difficult decisions (besides what to name our son that is!) I am an Israeli citizen (in addition to a US citizen). This fact has made it possible for me to continue accessing my homeland all these years in spite of some attempts by Israel to kick me out. Israel did however deport Adam in 2002 because of our human rights work and banned him from re-entering the country (including the occupied Palestinian territory) since, which is why we've had to spend so much of our married life apart. In order for us to ensure that in the future, if Israel remains the racist, apartheid state that it is, it won't deny our son the right to visit his homeland and all his family in Palestine, we've had to think about getting Israeli citizenship for our son. However, because I'm Palestinian, and not a Jewish citizen of Israel, our child will not have the automatic right to visit the country or to claim citizenship. The only way for me to pass down my citizenship to our son is to have him in Israel.
And who will pay Arraf's hospital bills, now that she has arrived here in her eighth month of pregnancy? You guessed it - you and me and every other Israeli who pays taxes. 

Aren't you glad we're such humanitarians?



At 3:54 AM, Blogger aparatchik said...

Wow. What a face.


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