In the wake of last week’s terror attack in San Bernadino, California, there have been calls from the right in USA to restrict entry from Syrians and other troubled countries.
Many have already pointed out the recent precedent set by Democratic President Jimmy Carter, who during the crisis with Iran in the late 1970s, denied Iranians entry to the USA.
Interesting to note that today, according to Wikipedia, there are 16 countries that do not permit entry to Israelis. Other than one of the countries on this list, sadly Malaysia, the other fifteen are radical Muslim (caliphates) countries. I say “sadly” Malaysia, as this young technologically savvy Asian nation really has no interaction with Israel, other than the fact that Malaysia is a Muslim country. Indonesia, another Asian muslim country, does permit entry to Israelis, but not to their universities.
Some Americans have a hard time speaking the term “radical Muslim”. We are all politically correct. We believe in freedom and justice. But, what do we say about regimes and groups that in their very charter and being are working to deny these same freedoms? These sixteen countries represent the lopsided injustice in a microcosm. Who is calling for a boycott? The western led BDS “Boycott Divest Sell” boycott of Israel is furthering the cause of these muslim radical regimes. They simply close their eyes to the missing logic in this exercise.
In fact, anyone with an Israeli entry stamp on their passport will be denied entry to these countries as well. Using ergo logic, Americans who have visited, or are living in Israel, are denied entry to Syria. A workaround of some countries is to issue a second passport to individuals who need to travel to both Israel, and any of these other countries. Imagine that! Rather than to confront the issue of discrimination, open hostility, and vengeful behavior, countries create loopholes to appease these radical muslim countries.
The Infamous 16
Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
As a sane human, I can’t say that I’d want to travel to most of these countries in any case. Ironically, many Israeli men over the age of 40 have spent many months of their young adult life “living” in Lebanon. And they didn’t need a passport to cross the border.