This week I blogged at Global Voices Online about Israel’s Infiltration Prevention Law, which prohibits Israelis from traveling to hostile countries, and why it should be reassessed. If Israelis can’t visit enemy states and it is illegal for Arab journalists in Israel to interview Israelis, then how can we learn about and from each other?
Here’s how the article starts:
“Three Israeli journalists who visited Lebanon and Syria are facing possible jail time for visiting nations that the government terms “enemy states.” Lisa Goldman, Ron Ben-Yishai, and Tsur Shezaf have been investigated and will spend a maximum of four years in jail if found guilty.
The Infiltration Prevention Law requires that all Israelis traveling to enemy states must garner permission from the government to do so. It is widely acknowledged that permission is rarely granted.
While the law was created in the 1950s to help protect Israeli citizens, it is applied inconsistently as many Israelis travel to hostile countries each year without being prosecuted. In the case of these journalists, it is important to note that all three traveled abroad on foreign passports, as many Israelis are dual citizens and find it safer to travel using the documents of their countries of origin.”
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