For the first time since 1967, Israel is preventing Palestinians with foreign citizenship, mostly Americans, from entering the country. Many of those rejected had worked or lived many years in Judea and Samaria. This rejection could potentially influence university professors, researchers, those working in development programs, business owners and others who just want to visit their relatives. This ban also applies to foreign citizens married to Palestinians with foreign citizenship. Citizens of Arab nations have been barred from Israel since 2000, but this is the first time western citizens have been denied entrance. Israel’s Civil Administration and Ministry of Interior are in the process of updating their procedures rather than creating a new policy.
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