Not Numbers director deported by Israel
The international secretary for the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and director of We Are Not Numbers has joined the growing number of peace and justice advocates who are being denied permission to enter Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Pam Bailey, who arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport August 21 on her way to the Gaza Strip, was detained by the Israeli Border Police in a jail-like barracks for 11 hours—without access to her telephone or laptop—before being deported back to the United States.
“Despite the fact that I already had been granted a permit to enter Gaza, the Israeli airport police said I was not allowed to enter the country due to my organization’s ‘illegal’ human rights work,” reports Bailey. “When I later consulted an Israeli attorney, I was told that Israel has created a growing blacklist of Palestinian and international NGOs it does not like due to their advocacy for human rights.”
Posted September 21, 2016