An American Jewish woman was temporarily detained at Israelâ€™s Ben-Gurion airport, on Wednesday, and initially denied entry, as she had visited Palestinians facing home demolitions in West Bank.
Julie Shayna Weinberg-Connors, aged 23, who arrived on a flight from the United States in order to start studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, in Jerusalem, was finally â€śinformed that she could enter Israel on condition that she did not go into the West Bank without a permit,â€ť according to Days of Palestine.
On arrival at the airport, Weinberg-Connors had already obtained a temporary residentâ€™s visa and a potential immigrantâ€™s visa.
According to the activist, she was told by the investigator at the airport that she â€ścanâ€™t goâ€ť to the West Bank; when she responded that, with the visa she had, visiting the West Bank was not illegal, the investigator replied, â€śNo, itâ€™s not [illegal] but we told you that you cannot go there.â€ť
In addition, when she acknowledged having visited Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian communityÂ slated for demolitionÂ in the West Bank, the investigator got up and said, â€śYou cannot enter. You are here to make trouble.â€ť
Only some two hours later, after the direct intervention of her lawyer, MKs Tamar Zandberg and Mossi Raz of Meretz, andÂ HaaretzÂ newspaper, Weinberg-Connors was told she would be allowed entry â€“ but only after signing a form entitled â€śDeclaration by a tourist of non-entry to [Palestinian] Authority areas without the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territoriesâ€ť.