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It's getting closer. Israel is making huge strides in the US visa waiver program, and according to plan, the Americans are expected to announce this week that Israel is entering the program. Starting this month, American residents of Gaza can also enter Israeli territory and move around for 90 days whenever they want, and even fly through Ben Gurion Airport. This decision follows the memorandum of understanding signed last July between Israel and the United States, which requires Israel to admit Americans of any origin, with an emphasis on Palestinian-Americans, into its territory, the West Bank and Gaza through Ben Gurion Airport without any discrimination.
The memorandum of understanding, which also received official comment from the U.S. State Department, welcomed the change in travel practices for U.S. citizens, including Palestinian-Americans who come to Israel for short-term visits or connections, "The changes are intended to ensure equal treatment for all U.S. citizens, regardless of national origin, religion, or ethnicity." Indeed, the results were not long in coming, and Palestinian-Americans began entering Israel through Ben Gurion Airport without any problem and without any "security questioning."
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Without a shadow of a doubt, the efforts to obtain a visa exemption to the United States should be applauded, a step that could bring quite a few Israelis closer to visiting the United States and place Israel on the honorable list of countries that are in the visa exemption program to the United States. At the same time, it is impossible not to wonder about the disappearance of the phrase "security consideration" from the lexicon when it comes to crossing Ben Gurion Airport. A pair of words that often made their lives miserable and ruined the travel experience of quite a few Arab or Palestinian citizens who flew through Ben Gurion Airport and suddenly disappeared abruptly in exchange for a visa exemption. So what does this say about all the instructions received by the inspectors at Ben Gurion Airport to rummage through their belongings and embitter the lives of Israel's Arab citizens solely because they are Arabs? That it was all in vain and was pure abuse?
Evidence of this abuse can be found in Hanadi's experience last July, whose only fault is that she was an Arab passenger, and she was humiliated by a security guard who asked, among other things, "How did your husband agree for you to fly alone? This is unacceptable for you" or "Were you in any intimate contact during your stay in Berlin" when he does not hesitate to rationalize the questions with the magic phrase "security consideration" and even declares to her "this is for your safety and flight safety". So maybe I didn't take a security checker or security personnel course, I don't care either, but I have no doubt that these questions are not intended at all to ensure flight safety, but only to humiliate the Arab passenger he saw standing in front of him. And of course, the Nadi is just a small example of the countless humiliations and abuses that quite a few passengers from Arab society have undergone.
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No one wants to board a flight that could end in kidnapping or an act of terror, God forbid, but when you see that the State of Israel suddenly agrees and without any prior preparation to freely allow Gaza residents with American citizenship into its territory and the national airport, while for decades it has been abusing its Arab citizens, one can only wonder what the hell it was for? Just to realize the Jewish supremacy that quite a few Jews in Israel grew up with? Is this the price that the Arab citizens of the state have to pay solely because they are Arabs? And as soon as the U.S. arrives and imposes "equal treatment on everyone," it folds abruptly and indirectly admits that this is not really "security checks" but simply abuse on the verge of sadism and masochism.
There is nothing to blame here for the young security guard, who was brainwashed before reporting to the airport and receiving instructions to "abuse and embitter the lives" of Arab passengers, but at the same time the time has come to discuss this issue and stop accepting with complete understanding and humiliation the slogans "security consideration" or "security necessity" because we have realized in light of the progress in the visa exemption program that this is nothing more than a lie that any country respects itself and all its citizens, regardless of national origin, Religion or gender would not do this, and no official security official would excuse the humiliation campaign that quite a few Arab passengers underwent with all sorts of baseless excuses such as "flight safety" or "security considerations."
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The proof that these are unnecessary guidelines, which are not necessary, is the airports abroad also of larger powers than Israel, where everyone who passed through them realized that everyone who passed through them underwent the same security check, whether it was a stricter check or less, but they do not advocate the Israeli selection method based on the passenger's origin, unless these are extreme cases, of course. Finally, good luck to all of us with the visa exemption, but it's time to stop believing blindly to the state and the security establishment every time the phrase "security consideration" is used, because we just saw it as one big lie.
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