Skip to comments.More excuses: IDF officers, young Israelis routinely denied visas to the US
Posted on 03/26/2014 8:50:44 PM PDT by Nachum
[C]ongressional sources told Globes that in recent months, several lawmakers have been looking into information about alleged efforts to screen IDF officers and other security personnel who may have contributed to violating the human rights of Palestinian Arabs.
Maariv reported earlier this month that hundreds of Israelis with connections to the security establishment were denied visas into the US in the past year or were given a single entry visa for three months, as opposed to the multiple entry visas for periods of up to 10 years that were usually given Israelis until now.
According to ultra-leftist site Mondoweiss, the most compelling explanation for this development is that the State Department has begun implementing recommendations contained in a 2011 Inspector General report examining operations at the US embassy in Tel Aviv. A crucial finding of the Inspector Generals report was the need for the State Department to provide the U.S. embassy with 'updated guidance on vetting Israeli military personnel under the Leahy Amendment.'
The Leahy Amendment requires the US to withhold assistance from foreign military units or officials who are known to be involved in human rights violations.
Mondoweiss added that in response to a request for information about the denial of visas to Israeli military officials, a State Department spokesperson said visa requests were adjudicated individually and in accordance with the law, noting, When any individual makes a U.S. visa application anywhere in the world, a consular officer reviews the facts of the case and makes a determination of eligibility based on US Law.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said that there is a sharp increase in the number of young Israelis who have been denied visas by the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. In a March 6 letter ot Secretary of State John Kerry, Schumer said that the reason for the change in policy was the concern that the youths would work illegally in the US
After receiving inquiries from several constituents, my staff contacted your legislative affairs staff and learned that our consulates apparently have a policy to presumptively deny all tourist visa applications for young Israeli nationals who wish to visit the United States during the period in between the completion of their military service and the resumption of their university education, Schumer wrote.
When my staff asked your staff why this arbitrary policy toward Israel was in place, we were informed that the State Department is concerned that these young Israeli nationals were going to violate the terms of their visas by, for example, selling Dead Sea cosmetics at shopping malls across the United States.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, travel visas, US passports
Fear they might sell some cosmetics at the mall? OMG!!!! The horrors of it! May God protect us from this alarming new.meanace! (Meanwhile the Islamonazis have infiltrated all through our government right up the chain of command ....). Pray for America.
But Somalis, Egyptians, Saudis and every species of camel jockey come right in!
But every type of illegal scum is welcome here. Obama must have been dropped on his head as a child-—repeatedly. Also, one must admit, he didn’t have the best DNA to work with either. GIGO.
I have personally talked to young Jews who work in malls on student visas. But I do not believe the state department as to why they are denying the visas.
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