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Afro-Palestine: Israel Has Banned Yet Another African From Entering Occupied Palestine

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On Wednesday, South African model and actress, Shashi Naidoo, received a 10-year ban from Israel after she tried to enter the West Bank to educate herself about Israels occupation of Palestine


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fly bird (26)
Friday July 27, 2018, 7:59 pm
By Afro-Palestine Newswire Service: On Wednesday, South African model and actress, Shashi Naidoo, received a 10-year ban from Israel after she tried to enter the West Bank to educate herself about Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

After visiting Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, Naidoo was to enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) through the Allenby Border Crossing in Jordan.

Speaking from Jordan to journalist Paula Slier, Naidoo said she had been interrogated at the border, and her passport was stamped – preventing her from returning for a decade. [As the occupying power, Israel controls almost all access to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) which comprises the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Since Israel controls virtually every entry point into the OPT, anyone wishing to enter these occupied Palestinian areas, must go through Israeli-controlled checkpoints.]

Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to South Africa, Ayellet Black, told South African media that Naidoo was denied entry at the Israeli checkpoint because her trip was planned by the South African branch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), and that it would “harm” Israel.

Naidoo, however, is travelling at her own expense, and the itinerary of her trip was planned by the South African Council of Churches and South African Jews for a Free Palestine.

The trip materialised after Naidoo used text – prepared and supplied by a friend – to defend Israel’s violent response to peaceful protests in the Gaza Strip that resulted in the death of over 100 Palestinians. Following a backlash for her use of pro-Israel propaganda, Naidoo deleted the posts and issued an apology.

She then announced her intention to educate herself about the reality of the Israeli occupation by going to “see for herself”. Although Naidoo appeared at a press conference hosted by BDS South Africa, she has never advocated or endorsed a boycott of Israel.

Naidoo’s banning is not an isolated incident, and she joins a growing list of Africans who have been denied entry into the OPT and banned by Israel. In May, Israeli security forces denied Ghanaian Member of Parliament, Ras Mubarak, entry into the OPT, even though Israeli authorities had issued him a permit to enter the OPT.

In December 2016, Associate General Secretary for the World Council of Churches (WCC), Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri from Malawi, was banned from entering Israel after landing at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. The Christian theologian was attending a WCC meeting in the holy city of Jerusalem.

In April 2015, South Africa’s then Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, was denied entry into the OPT, while en-route to Ramallah to promote research collaboration between the University of Johannesburg and institutions in the OPT.

Other notable Africans that have been denied entry include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Justice Richard Goldstone. Israel has also detained, interrogated and deported an increasing number of Christian volunteers with the World Council of Church’s’s Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Israel/Palestine (EAPPI).

Israel’s unwillingness to allow free access to the OPT is leading many to ask: “What is Israel hiding?”

At the time of writing, Naidoo had not issued a statement and was unavailable for comment as she was travelling back to South Africa.

The Afro-Palestine Newswire Service provides reliable information and breaking news relating to Palestine-Israel and Africa. Our network of agencies uses correspondents on the ground in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, within Israel and throughout the Middle East and Africa to produce high-quality English news reports to African journalists and editors.

Evelyn B (61)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 12:52 am
Of course -

Non-violent resistance that affects business hurts - so has to be presented as anti-Semitic, illegal, racist ...

And anyone who might add to voices who are HEARD around the world must be silenced, kept far away ... (They can't block the Pope this way ... but what's the betting that there'll always be good reason why the timing for a visit 'isn't right'!?)

Peggy B (43)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 8:01 am
They hide this information from American Jewish people.

Janet B (0)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 7:07 pm

fly bird (26)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 9:18 pm
I think what you said, Peggy, is true - anyone who might question or want to discuss these things, does not, likely, have a whole lot of support or interest, I would say.

It is a tight mainstream media that is controlled, and controls the narratives and news, as well..

fly bird (26)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 9:43 pm
Israel Seizes 68 Dunams of Jordan Valley Lands.
July 28, 2018

Israeli authorities officially declared, on Saturday, the confiscation of 68 dunams of land from the Ras al-Ahmar area of the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank.

Local official Mutaz Bisharat told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli forces delivered notices, to the Palestinian owners of the land, declaring the confiscation of 68 dunams (approximately 16 acres) in the Ras al-Ahmar area, for “emergency military purposes.”

Bisharat said that the lands are owned by 38 Palestinians families with some 200 members residing in these lands.

He warned that Israel requested residents to head to the Israeli Civil Administration, for compensation.

Israeli forces had destroyed a main water pipeline in the village, on Wednesday, to create a military road.

Khirbet Ras al-Ahmar is one of approximately 180 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank, located on lands designated as ‘Area C’ — the area of the West bank under full Israeli security and civilian control — according to Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem.

The village is often raided by Israeli forces, who conduct various military operations in the area, forcing residents of the village to leave their homes for several hours or even days.

Janet B (0)
Thursday August 2, 2018, 7:45 pm
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