Help a student from Gaza not miss another day of school

Want to help a student who has worked hard both academically and in his community?  Someone who has gone through the madness of applying and being accepted at a university in the United States even earning a partial scholarship?  (Not an easy task.)  Want to help someone that has already had to miss fall semester and is in danger of missing spring semester and losing his scholarship?

Abed earns his degree in 2008.

Abed Al Hadi Basheer is 24 years old and trying to better himself so he can continue to help children in his community and better care for his blind father and family.  He has been accepted into Washington State University’s College of Education Cultural Studies and Social Thought program in Pullman, WA with a partial scholarship and has received letters of support from professors who live in Pullman that met Abed when they travelled to the Gaza Strip on a Fulbright-Hays project.  He also has letters on his behalf from both Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington state.

What is wrong with him?  Or, what has he done wrong?  Nothing.  Well, he was born in the Gaza Strip.

Due to Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, there are stringent restrictions on all movement of people into and out of Gaza.

Abed has jumped over every hurdle, leapt through every hoop, crossed every ‘t’ and dotted every ‘i’.  Yet, when he went for his visa interview at the U.S. consulate in east Jerusalem, those who interviewed him wanted more evidence – documentation or some kind of proof – that he would return to the Gaza Strip once receiving his degree.  Abed returned to Gaza and gathered additional documentation showing he is serious about his studies and his commitment to return to help the youth in this community, but also that his father is blind and that he, as the eldest son, has the responsibility to return and care for his family.

The U.S. consulate in Jerusalem has told Amnesty that it won’t help Abed return for his second interview because ‘they already helped him’ reach his first interview and don’t have the resources to help again.  Without outside intervention, there is little hope for him to reach his next interview.

Abed’s case is only one of many.  His case represents scores of other students (even those accepted to programs in the West Bank which is considered part of the same Palestinian territorial entity)  who also face the same difficulties.  It also representative thousands who cannot exit Gaza even though they have life threatening medical conditions that cannot be treated there, dying relatives to see before they die, weddings to attend (sometimes their own) … but remain trapped and at the mercy of others.  The blockade itself must be lifted and this policy changed , but until then … Abed needs immediate help.

Israel’s refusal to grant Abed an exit permit is part of the blockade’s ‘collective punishment’ of everyone in the Gaza Strip and infringes on his freedom of movement and his right to an education as outlined under international law.  We know the U.S. consulate has successfully intervened in the past to help facilitate the exit permit of individuals and it is ingenuous for the U.S. consulate to require more documentation then refuse to help him return to show those documents.

Also, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just told the American Taskforce on Palestine  that when she speaks to Palestinian “young people”,

“… they are focused on tomorrow. And they deserve that tomorrow – a tomorrow filled with opportunities for them to make their own destinies and to help their own people realize that collective aspiration,”

yet it is Secretary Clinton’s own consulate that is refusing to help Abed, and so many others like him, even reach the consulate for visa interviews which will allow them to do this very thing.

Abed helps children as part of work with Rowwad Foundation for Development Work.

Take action to help Abed and other students from Gaza:

  • Call and email Secretary Clinton’s office at the State Department and tell her that she has the opportunity to put her words into action.  The U.S. consulate has given Abed another visa interview on November 8th, but again, no way to get there.  She can help Abed immediately by telling the consulate to help facilitate his exit permit and make sure he reaches his next visa interview on Nov. 8th at the consulate.  Then tell her, she can also help other students who have been accepted at educational institutions in the United States be able to reach their visa interviews by implementing a policy of helping all students from Gaza, barring any legitimate security concerns, reach their visa interviews, no matter what it takes. Call (202) 647-4000 or email her office via the website.
  • Call Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at (202) 647-2126  and email him (via his Special Assistant) at stanfielde@state.gov to urge him to put Sec’y Clinton’s words into actionable policy.  The State Dept. via the consulate in Jerusalem must help all students who have been accepted at U.S. educational institutions reach their interviews at the U.S. consulate.  Please call and copy (cc:)  the Near East Affairs Israel/Palestine Desk at (202)647-3672 and nea-ipa@state.gov as well.
  • Send an email to the State Department’s Consular Affairs to voice your opinion on the current policy of only helping some students and then only once at fmjvisas@state.gov and copy (cc:) the U.S. consulate visa department in east Jerusalem at jerusalemvisa@state.gov.

This blog will have updates, but for those interested in following this case closer, join the ‘Free voice from Gaza:  Help Abed AlHadi Basheer’ FaceBook group.   Click here to follow  the issue of freedom of movement for students, or here for the website for the Israeli organization Gisha, Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.  Or, join Gisha’s FaceBook page.

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96 thoughts on “Help a student from Gaza not miss another day of school

  1. Awful situation, when you are blamed simply for being born in the place you're born, especially when Palestines have so many burdens as it is already!
    I will e-mail Secretary Clinton and share my letter on my blog to show my support!

  2. I support Abed Al Hadi Basheer's efforts to travel to the USA to continue his education. He deserves this opportunity very much and is dedicated to being an exemplary student at Washington State University’s College of Education.

  3. The Israeli district of coordination office "DCO " refused my Permit again to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem for my visa interview and now I have another date at 8/11/2011.
    so that, first of all ,my great full thanks for Senator Maria cantwell and Senator Patty Murray for all the support they are trying to do for me also Prof . Melissa Saul and All my friends and all of you my friends in my Group and lets think together with a solution to pressure on the Israeli side to give me the permit to do my next interview at 8/11/2011 .
    so Please if you have any good idea or you can invite your friends to join us on this page to make a good pressure , dont hesitate to contact me or write it on wall.
    Thanks for all of you

  4. Awful situation, when you are blamed simply for being born in the place you’re born, especially when Palestines have so many burdens as it is already!
    I will e-mail Secretary Clinton and share my letter on my blog to show my support!

  5. I have a question for Edith.

    Here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=3

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

    If Israel will not let Abed Al Hadi Basheer cross its border why in the world did he not just simply cross out of Gaza into Egypt and continue from there onto the US for studies? As you can see from this article thousands of Palestinians cross this border in and out of Gaza each week.

    As you very well know the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is completely controlled by Hamas and Egypt alone and Israel has no say of any kind what so ever over who does or does not cross.

    As I understand it, in order for a Palestinian to cross this border one must first obtain a permit from Hamas to leave Gaza, which Hamas often refuses without explanation, and then obtain a second permit from Egypt, which Egypt also often refuses without explanation.

    No permit from Israel is required to cross out of Gaza into Egypt at all, only Hamas and Egyptian permits

    So my question is: Did Al Hadi Basheer, or did he not apply to cross into Egypt and was he then refused permits by either Hamas or Egypt?

    If Al Hadi Basheer did not apply to cross into Egypt, why not ?

    Traveling by way of Egypt would be such a simple way to get to his school in the US a long time ago. Why does he insist to only leave through Israel?

    But if Al Hadi Basheer has in fact been refused passage by either Egypt or Hamas, why did you not mention this important fact in your article and instead just putting all the blame on Israel?

    Do you consider this a credible way of covering this issue for Amnesty ?

  6. I support Abed Al Hadi Basheer’s efforts to travel to the USA to continue his education. He deserves this opportunity very much and is dedicated to being an exemplary student at Washington State University’s College of Education.

  7. The Israeli district of coordination office “DCO ” refused my Permit again to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem for my visa interview and now I have another date at 8/11/2011.
    so that, first of all ,my great full thanks for Senator Maria cantwell and Senator Patty Murray for all the support they are trying to do for me also Prof . Melissa Saul and All my friends and all of you my friends in my Group and lets think together with a solution to pressure on the Israeli side to give me the permit to do my next interview at 8/11/2011 .
    so Please if you have any good idea or you can invite your friends to join us on this page to make a good pressure , dont hesitate to contact me or write it on wall.
    Thanks for all of you

  8. Dear Abed Basheer,

    Support you with all this heart, my Brother !

    So now YOU TOO have experienced the unbridled RACISM of US consulate officials !!

    These self designated immigration officials, or whatever they call themselves, enjoy what petty little power they have & use it to crush the hearts of the people who come to them.

    They look at beautiful brown peoples the same way … like it's the Mexican border, & the applicant just another illegal immigrant dying to enter their precious prison paradise !

    The look in their frosty eyes says, "How's this strangenamed, unwanted, nonEuropean person even thinking of travelling ??!!"

    But you'll get there !!

    You'll study to your heart's content !!!

    & one day, so will all the sons & daughters of Gaza.

  9. I have a question for Edith.

    Here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=3

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

    If Israel will not let Abed Al Hadi Basheer cross its border why in the world did he not just simply cross out of Gaza into Egypt and continue from there onto the US for studies? As you can see from this article thousands of Palestinians cross this border in and out of Gaza each week.

    As you very well know the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is completely controlled by Hamas and Egypt alone and Israel has no say of any kind what so ever over who does or does not cross.

    As I understand it, in order for a Palestinian to cross this border one must first obtain a permit from Hamas to leave Gaza, which Hamas often refuses without explanation, and then obtain a second permit from Egypt, which Egypt also often refuses without explanation.

    No permit from Israel is required to cross out of Gaza into Egypt at all, only Hamas and Egyptian permits

    So my question is: Did Al Hadi Basheer, or did he not apply to cross into Egypt and was he then refused permits by either Hamas or Egypt?

    If Al Hadi Basheer did not apply to cross into Egypt, why not ?

    Traveling by way of Egypt would be such a simple way to get to his school in the US a long time ago. Why does he insist to only leave through Israel?

    But if Al Hadi Basheer has in fact been refused passage by either Egypt or Hamas, why did you not mention this important fact in your article and instead just putting all the blame on Israel?

    Do you consider this a credible way of covering this issue for Amnesty ?

  10. I have a question for Edith.

    Here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=3

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

    If Israel will not let Abed Al Hadi Basheer cross its border why in the world did he not just simply cross out of Gaza into Egypt and continue from there onto the US for studies? As you can see from this article thousands of Palestinians cross this border in and out of Gaza each week.

    As you very well know the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is completely controlled by Hamas and Egypt alone and Israel has no say of any kind what so ever over who does or does not cross.

    As I understand it, in order for a Palestinian to cross this border one must first obtain a permit from Hamas to leave Gaza, which Hamas often refuses without explanation, and then obtain a second permit from Egypt, which Egypt also often refuses without explanation.

    No permit from Israel is required to cross out of Gaza into Egypt at all, only Hamas and Egyptian permits

    So my question is: Did Al Hadi Basheer, or did he not apply to cross into Egypt and was he then refused permits by either Hamas or Egypt?

    If Al Hadi Basheer did not apply to cross into Egypt, why not ?

    Traveling by way of Egypt would be such a simple way to get to his school in the US a long time ago. Why does he insist to only leave through Israel?

    But if Al Hadi Basheer has in fact been refused passage by either Egypt or Hamas, why did you not mention this important fact in your article and instead just putting all the blame on Israel?

    Do you consider this a credible way of covering this issue for Amnesty ?

  11. question for Abed AlHadi Basheer:

    Why do you not simply cross into Egypt and apply to the American Embassy in Cairo for your student visa?

    I just do not understand.

    As you very well know thousands of Palestinians cross from Gaza directly into Egypt every week and do not need any Israeli permits to do this.

    More than 100,000 Gazans, many of them students going to study abroad ( also many medical patients) have crossed into Egypt directly since the Egyptian government decided to open this border crossing last spring.

    Thank you for answering my question.

  12. Dear Abed Basheer,

    Support you with all this heart, my Brother !

    So now YOU TOO have experienced the unbridled RACISM of US consulate officials !!

    These self designated immigration officials, or whatever they call themselves, enjoy what petty little power they have & use it to crush the hearts of the people who come to them.

    They look at beautiful brown peoples the same way … like it’s the Mexican border, & the applicant just another illegal immigrant dying to enter their precious prison paradise !

    The look in their frosty eyes says, “How’s this strangenamed, unwanted, nonEuropean person even thinking of travelling ??!!”

    But you’ll get there !!

    You’ll study to your heart’s content !!!

    & one day, so will all the sons & daughters of Gaza.

  13. I have a question for Edith.

    Here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=324665

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

    If Israel will not let Abed Al Hadi Basheer cross its border why in the world did he not just simply cross out of Gaza into Egypt and continue from there onto the US for studies? As you can see from this article thousands of Palestinians cross this border in and out of Gaza each week.

    As you very well know the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is completely controlled by Hamas and Egypt alone and Israel has no say of any kind what so ever over who does or does not cross.

    As I understand it, in order for a Palestinian to cross this border one must first obtain a permit from Hamas to leave Gaza, which Hamas often refuses without explanation, and then obtain a second permit from Egypt, which Egypt also often refuses without explanation.

    No permit from Israel is required to cross out of Gaza into Egypt at all, only Hamas and Egyptian permits

    So my question is: Did Al Hadi Basheer, or did he not apply to cross into Egypt and was he then refused permits by either Hamas or Egypt?

    If Al Hadi Basheer did not apply to cross into Egypt, why not ?

    Traveling by way of Egypt would be such a simple way to get to his school in the US a long time ago. Why does he insist to only leave through Israel?

    But if Al Hadi Basheer has in fact been refused passage by either Egypt or Hamas, why did you not mention this important fact in your article and instead just putting all the blame on Israel?

    Do you consider this a credible way of covering this issue for Amnesty ?

  14. question for Abed AlHadi Basheer:

    Why do you not simply cross into Egypt and apply to the American Embassy in Cairo for your student visa?

    I just do not understand.

    As you very well know thousands of Palestinians cross from Gaza directly into Egypt every week and do not need any Israeli permits to do this.

    More than 100,000 Gazans, many of them students going to study abroad ( also many medical patients) have crossed into Egypt directly since the Egyptian government decided to open this border crossing last spring.

    Thank you for answering my question.

  15. @ Judo, The act of palestineans crossing to Egypt fron Gaza is not that easy!. I really support Abed Alhadi & sympathize with all Gaza people.

  16. @ Judo, The act of palestineans crossing to Egypt fron Gaza is not that easy!. I really support Abed Alhadi & sympathize with all Gaza people.

  17. Gamal Mahdaly:

    As I posted above but you must a have missed, here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=3

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing ( from Gaza ) into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

  18. Gamal Mahdaly:

    As I posted above but you must a have missed, here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=3

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing ( from Gaza ) into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

  19. Gamal Mahdaly:

    As I posted above but you must a have missed, here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=3

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing ( from Gaza ) into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

  20. So one Arab country, Egypt, recipient of 2 billion dollars a year in military aid from the US, is refusing to allow Abed Alhadi, a student from another Arab country, Gaza, to cross Egyptian territory to get to an American embassy and travel to his studies in the US ?

    Or else it is Hamas refusing him an exit permit? This would not surprise me because Hamas is well known to refuse to give exit permits to leave Gaza even to dying cancer patients needing urgent life saving treatment if the patients family is politically connected in any way to Fatah, the political party of the rival Palestinian government in Ramallah.

    Any your response to this is to accuse Israel of racism? That makes no sense at all.

    Israel has nothing to do with it. It is decided only between Hamas border guards and and Egyptian border guards which Palestinians are allowed to cross the border from Gaza into Egypt. There are no Israelis within 20 kilometers of that border crossing.

    So it is pretty crazy to put blame on Israel.

  21. Judo, I don't speak for Mr. Basheer, but it is normal for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to deal with the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem rather than the embassy in Cairo for the following reasons:

    1) East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip constitute the occupied Palestinian territories and are recognized as such by the international community. Israel and the Palestinians have stated that they both view the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a single territorial unit in the "Declaration of Principles on Palestinian Self-Rule”. So – for the Palestinians in Gaza to go to Jerusalem from Gaza should be like going from one city in a territory to another part of the same Palestinian territory. Egypt, however, is a separate, foreign country.

    [Note: The int’l community views Israel as the occupying power over the Gaza Strip although Israel unilaterally pulled out settlers and troops in 2005 because Israel still effectively controls Gaza’s territorial waters, airspace, and land crossings as well as other aspects of life in the strip.]

    2) Jerusalem is closer than Cairo so logistically easier.

    3) And probably more important to me as a human rights activist, but less thought about by the people in Gaza when applying is that Israel is the occupying power over the Gaza Strip and has certain legal obligations under international law as the occupying power; one of which is to facilitate freedom of movement for those under their control. It would be like living in a region under the control of one power, yet applying with another power that has absolutely no ties or obligations to that region. Egypt has absolutely no obligation to the inhabitants of Gaza except to follow relevant int’l law when administering the crossing. Also, the numbers cited in the Maan article are still only a very small percentage of those needing to leave and a fraction of those travelling through crossings before blockade restrictions fully imposed.

    And Judo, as you well know, Israel has exerted much control over the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt in the past and continues to exert influence. And regardless of who is making the decisions for the Rafah crossing, we know the system is arbitrary and doesn’t come close to meeting the needs of the residents of Gaza.

    The issue is not where or with whom Mr. Basheer should have, could have applied, but the fact that Israel as the occupying power has legal obligations to the inhabitants of Gaza encoded in international law such as facilitating movement of people and the right to education. Israeli restrictions, as applied, on the movement of people are 'collective punishment' on the whole population of the Gaza Strip and as such illegal under international law.

    And although we’re focused on Israel’s obligations here in the comment section, my post does not address the Israeli authorities since Mr. Basheer has already missed fall semester and is at risk of missing spring semester and losing his scholarship before Israel will end their illegal blockade on Gaza.

    Immediate action is needed by MY government – the U.S. government. The U.S. government, and by extension the consulate in east J'lem, should be representing the interests of our educational institutions, but also upholding the principles of freedom of movement and the right to education so we are asking that they do all within their power to help Mr. Basheer. We know that they have done it before in selective cases and it is a matter of political will to do it again.

    I said it in my post and I'll say it again, sadly, Mr. Basheer's case is only one case out of many and it is truly a shame – a shame – that so many bright young men and women who have done nothing wrong and have shown great initiative in bettering themselves and their communities are being denied an education for things completely outside their control. So yes, I would say this post is a good way for Amnesty to cover this issue. It's really too bad that it has to.

  22. Gamal Mahdaly:

    As I posted above but you must a have missed, here is an article published a few days ago, Sunday 17/10/2010, on the web site of the Palestinian Maan News agency.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=324665

    This article states:

    “1,613 individuals traveled through the crossing ( from Gaza ) into Egypt over the week, while 378 were denied passage by Egyptian authorities.”

  23. So one Arab country, Egypt, recipient of 2 billion dollars a year in military aid from the US, is refusing to allow Abed Alhadi, a student from another Arab country, Gaza, to cross Egyptian territory to get to an American embassy and travel to his studies in the US ?

    Or else it is Hamas refusing him an exit permit? This would not surprise me because Hamas is well known to refuse to give exit permits to leave Gaza even to dying cancer patients needing urgent life saving treatment if the patients family is politically connected in any way to Fatah, the political party of the rival Palestinian government in Ramallah.

    Any your response to this is to accuse Israel of racism? That makes no sense at all.

    Israel has nothing to do with it. It is decided only between Hamas border guards and and Egyptian border guards which Palestinians are allowed to cross the border from Gaza into Egypt. There are no Israelis within 20 kilometers of that border crossing.

    So it is pretty crazy to put blame on Israel.

  24. Hello Guys ,

    first for friend Judo ,
    The act of palestineans crossing to Egypt fron Gaza is not that easy!. as you said , Its easier to face one power which is Israel than Hamas and Egyprion and those didint allowed for any body havent a permit to enter to Egypt also it will cost me high but its not the money at all , i need to meet here in my countrey .
    as Edie said , am not the only one who is struggling to enter the crossing and meet the embassy , so that even i get the permit or not , meet the embassy or not , from now on it will be my issue to defend for the students rights .
    i wish you understand my point of view

  25. Judo, I don’t speak for Mr. Basheer, but it is normal for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to deal with the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem rather than the embassy in Cairo for the following reasons:

    1) East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip constitute the occupied Palestinian territories and are recognized as such by the international community. Israel and the Palestinians have stated that they both view the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a single territorial unit in the “Declaration of Principles on Palestinian Self-Rule”. So – for the Palestinians in Gaza to go to Jerusalem from Gaza should be like going from one city in a territory to another part of the same Palestinian territory. Egypt, however, is a separate, foreign country.

    [Note: The int’l community views Israel as the occupying power over the Gaza Strip although Israel unilaterally pulled out settlers and troops in 2005 because Israel still effectively controls Gaza’s territorial waters, airspace, and land crossings as well as other aspects of life in the strip.]

    2) Jerusalem is closer than Cairo so logistically easier.

    3) And probably more important to me as a human rights activist, but less thought about by the people in Gaza when applying is that Israel is the occupying power over the Gaza Strip and has certain legal obligations under international law as the occupying power; one of which is to facilitate freedom of movement for those under their control. It would be like living in a region under the control of one power, yet applying with another power that has absolutely no ties or obligations to that region. Egypt has absolutely no obligation to the inhabitants of Gaza except to follow relevant int’l law when administering the crossing. Also, the numbers cited in the Maan article are still only a very small percentage of those needing to leave and a fraction of those travelling through crossings before blockade restrictions fully imposed.

    And Judo, as you well know, Israel has exerted much control over the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt in the past and continues to exert influence. And regardless of who is making the decisions for the Rafah crossing, we know the system is arbitrary and doesn’t come close to meeting the needs of the residents of Gaza.

    The issue is not where or with whom Mr. Basheer should have, could have applied, but the fact that Israel as the occupying power has legal obligations to the inhabitants of Gaza encoded in international law such as facilitating movement of people and the right to education. Israeli restrictions, as applied, on the movement of people are ‘collective punishment’ on the whole population of the Gaza Strip and as such illegal under international law.

    And although we’re focused on Israel’s obligations here in the comment section, my post does not address the Israeli authorities since Mr. Basheer has already missed fall semester and is at risk of missing spring semester and losing his scholarship before Israel will end their illegal blockade on Gaza.

    Immediate action is needed by MY government – the U.S. government. The U.S. government, and by extension the consulate in east J’lem, should be representing the interests of our educational institutions, but also upholding the principles of freedom of movement and the right to education so we are asking that they do all within their power to help Mr. Basheer. We know that they have done it before in selective cases and it is a matter of political will to do it again.

    I said it in my post and I’ll say it again, sadly, Mr. Basheer’s case is only one case out of many and it is truly a shame – a shame – that so many bright young men and women who have done nothing wrong and have shown great initiative in bettering themselves and their communities are being denied an education for things completely outside their control. So yes, I would say this post is a good way for Amnesty to cover this issue. It’s really too bad that it has to.

  26. Why should a child of Palestine have to FIRST go to Egypt to get to anywhere AT ALL ?

    Why should he, or she, not go anywhere on earth FROM WHERE SHE TRULY BELONGS — FROM JERUSALEM & PALESTINE ????

    Who are YOU to even question, AT ALL, the route another person chooses to take?

    As for going through Egypt, that very question — & a highly INSOLENT & insulting question it is, too — bypasses the issue of the INJUSTICE that is being done RIGHT NOW to my brother Basheer by the US consulate authorities in Jerusalem !

  27. This kid Abed al Hadi seems from all appearances to be a sincere honest student just wanting to start studying and I wish him well.

    A bus from the Gaza border to Cairo takes 4 hours and costs $6. A trip from Gaza to Jerusalem can take even longer depending on the delay crossing the border and costs more than $20.

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights published a report titled "State of the Gaza Strip's Border Crossings 01 – 15 September 2010 "
    which you can read at: http://www.pchrgaza.org

    "Summary of Gaza's border crossings during the reporting period (1 – 15 September 2010):

    "During the reporting period, Rafah International Crossing Point remained open. People could travel from and to the Gaza Strip. In addition, limited categories were allowed to travel via the crossing; they are:

    1) Patients for medical treatment and urgent cases;

    3) Students enrolled at universities abroad;

    "During the reporting period, 4,771 persons traveled abroad, 4,645 persons entered the Gaza Strip, and 322 were returned at the border by the Egyptian authorities, according to the Palestinian Crossings and Borders Commission."

    "The number of persons who have traveled abroad from Gaza via Rafah International Crossing Point into Egypt since it was opened on 2 June 2010 by the Egyptian authorities has mounted to 38,721, while 41,615 persons have entered the Gaza Strip and 4,172 have been denied permission to cross the border by the Egyptian authorities. "

  28. Hello Guys ,

    first for friend Judo ,
    The act of palestineans crossing to Egypt fron Gaza is not that easy!. as you said , Its easier to face one power which is Israel than Hamas and Egyprion and those didint allowed for any body havent a permit to enter to Egypt also it will cost me high but its not the money at all , i need to meet here in my countrey .
    as Edie said , am not the only one who is struggling to enter the crossing and meet the embassy , so that even i get the permit or not , meet the embassy or not , from now on it will be my issue to defend for the students rights .
    i wish you understand my point of view

  29. This kid Abed al Hadi seems from all appearances to be a sincere honest student just wanting to start studying and I wish him well.

    A bus from the Gaza border to Cairo takes 4 hours and costs $6. A trip from Gaza to Jerusalem can take even longer depending on the delay crossing the border and costs more than $20.

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights published a report titled "State of the Gaza Strip's Border Crossings 01 – 15 September 2010 "
    which you can read at: http://www.pchrgaza.org

    "Summary of Gaza's border crossings during the reporting period (1 – 15 September 2010):

    "During the reporting period, Rafah International Crossing Point remained open. People could travel from and to the Gaza Strip. In addition, limited categories were allowed to travel via the crossing; they are:

    1) Patients for medical treatment and urgent cases;

    3) Students enrolled at universities abroad;

    "During the reporting period, 4,771 persons traveled abroad, 4,645 persons entered the Gaza Strip, and 322 were returned at the border by the Egyptian authorities, according to the Palestinian Crossings and Borders Commission."

    "The number of persons who have traveled abroad from Gaza via Rafah International Crossing Point into Egypt since it was opened on 2 June 2010 by the Egyptian authorities has mounted to 38,721, while 41,615 persons have entered the Gaza Strip and 4,172 have been denied permission to cross the border by the Egyptian authorities. "

  30. This kid Abed al Hadi seems from all appearances to be a sincere honest student just wanting to start studying and I wish him well.

    A bus from the Gaza border to Cairo takes 4 hours and costs $6. A trip from Gaza to Jerusalem can take even longer depending on the delay crossing the border and costs more than $20.

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights published a report titled "State of the Gaza Strip's Border Crossings 01 – 15 September 2010 "
    which you can read at: http://www.pchrgaza.org

    "Summary of Gaza's border crossings during the reporting period (1 – 15 September 2010):

    "During the reporting period, Rafah International Crossing Point remained open. People could travel from and to the Gaza Strip. In addition, limited categories were allowed to travel via the crossing; they are:

    1) Patients for medical treatment and urgent cases;

    3) Students enrolled at universities abroad;

    "During the reporting period, 4,771 persons traveled abroad, 4,645 persons entered the Gaza Strip, and 322 were returned at the border by the Egyptian authorities, according to the Palestinian Crossings and Borders Commission."

    "The number of persons who have traveled abroad from Gaza via Rafah International Crossing Point into Egypt since it was opened on 2 June 2010 by the Egyptian authorities has mounted to 38,721, while 41,615 persons have entered the Gaza Strip and 4,172 have been denied permission to cross the border by the Egyptian authorities. "

  31. Why should a child of Palestine have to FIRST go to Egypt to get to anywhere AT ALL ?

    Why should he, or she, not go anywhere on earth FROM WHERE SHE TRULY BELONGS — FROM JERUSALEM & PALESTINE ????

    Who are YOU to even question, AT ALL, the route another person chooses to take?

    As for going through Egypt, that very question — & a highly INSOLENT & insulting question it is, too — bypasses the issue of the INJUSTICE that is being done RIGHT NOW to my brother Basheer by the US consulate authorities in Jerusalem !

  32. This kid Abed al Hadi seems from all appearances to be a sincere honest student just wanting to start studying and I wish him well.

    A bus from the Gaza border to Cairo takes 4 hours and costs $6. A trip from Gaza to Jerusalem can take even longer depending on the delay crossing the border and costs more than $20.

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights published a report titled “State of the Gaza Strip’s Border Crossings 01 – 15 September 2010 ”
    which you can read at: http://www.pchrgaza.org

    “Summary of Gaza’s border crossings during the reporting period (1 – 15 September 2010):

    “During the reporting period, Rafah International Crossing Point remained open. People could travel from and to the Gaza Strip. In addition, limited categories were allowed to travel via the crossing; they are:

    1) Patients for medical treatment and urgent cases;

    3) Students enrolled at universities abroad;

    “During the reporting period, 4,771 persons traveled abroad, 4,645 persons entered the Gaza Strip, and 322 were returned at the border by the Egyptian authorities, according to the Palestinian Crossings and Borders Commission.”

    “The number of persons who have traveled abroad from Gaza via Rafah International Crossing Point into Egypt since it was opened on 2 June 2010 by the Egyptian authorities has mounted to 38,721, while 41,615 persons have entered the Gaza Strip and 4,172 have been denied permission to cross the border by the Egyptian authorities. “

  33. I support Abed Al Hadi Basheer’s efforts to travel to the USA to continue his education. He deserves this opportunity very much and is dedicated to being an exemplary student at Washington State University’s College of Education

  34. Hope the petition process works for Abed……
    But, the fact is that Hillary Clinton and others themselves are captives of the LOBBY, et al., and overcoming that obstacle is not easy. Yet, I hope a miracle happens and Abed is able to come to WSU. If that happens, I will be happy to assist Abed in whatever way I can. I am only 8 miles away, in Moscow, Idaho…

  35. I support Abed Al Hadi Basheer’s efforts to travel to the USA to continue his education. He deserves this opportunity very much and is dedicated to being an exemplary student at Washington State University’s College of Education

  36. Hope the petition process works for Abed……
    But, the fact is that Hillary Clinton and others themselves are captives of the LOBBY, et al., and overcoming that obstacle is not easy. Yet, I hope a miracle happens and Abed is able to come to WSU. If that happens, I will be happy to assist Abed in whatever way I can. I am only 8 miles away, in Moscow, Idaho…

  37. Abed Basheer must get his visa.

    From the US Consulate.

    In HIS OWN NATIVE JERUSALEM.

    Not from the US embassy in foreign Cairo !!

    But what is behind Mr. Judo's insistence that Abed SHOULD go through Cairo ?

    What is behind his benevolent "concern" ?

    His point that the bus fare is $ 14 cheaper ??

    The trip to Cairo supposedly quicker ?

    Why IS Cairo "quicker" to go to for Gazans today ?

    What does the benevolent Mr Judo mean by referring innocently to "delays" in "crossing the border" ?

    Why don't you NAME the PROBLEM, Mr Judo ?

    That ISRAEL 'S BLOCKADE REFUSES to allow ALL Palestinians THE FREEDOM & THE RIGHT TO TRAVEL ?

    Why don't you say that, even the blockade apart, "Jews Only" highways & "Palestinians Only"checkpoints have made direct travelling to Jerusalem or anywhere else in the Occupied Territories a freedom enjoyed ONLY BY JEWS, Mr Judo ?

    Why don't you say that Israel is cutting Jerusalem off FROM WITHIN & FROM WITHOUT to ALL Palestinians, whether they are from Gaza or the West Bank or even from Jerusalem itself, as part of its campaign to seize & demographically cleanse the city & declare it the "Only Jews are Welcome" capital of the Jewish state of Israel, Mr Judo ?

    Why don't you breathe a word against the US consulate in Jeruslem FIRST requiring Abed to submit more documents, & then refusing to let him return to show them ? Is it because the CONSULATE AUTHORITIES are COMPLICIT here on this issue in Israel's illegal blockade ?

    And why don't you, who are such an expert on genocide ONLY when it comes to Muslim countries like indonesia & Turkey, EVER breathe a syllable about ISREAL'S REFUSAL TO GIVE ABED AN EXIT VISA being what it IS — a COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT of ALL Palestinians & a BLATANT VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW & the RIGHT TO EDUCATION under that law ?

    Why don't you whisper that yes, as THE OCCUPYING POWER it is ISRAEL ( & NOT Egypt ) that is OBLIGED to facilitate Abed's journey, Mr Judo ?

    Abed's case is sensitive enough for you to show a seeming "concern" for him even while the Jewish state you defend at all costs robs him of his rights, isn't it Mr Judo, & your "concern" appears apparently only because Abed is, suddenly, a HUMAN FACE out of all the faceless statistics of the blockade, a VULNERABLE & APOLITICAL & completely INNOCENT face, a "kid" as you paternalistically call him, & it is human situations like his that need tactful, sensitive "handling", isn't it ….

    And he called you "friend" !!

  38. Abed Basheer must get his visa.

    From the US Consulate.

    In HIS OWN NATIVE JERUSALEM.

    Not from the US embassy in foreign Cairo !!

    But what is behind Mr. Judo’s insistence that Abed SHOULD go through Cairo ?

    What is behind his benevolent “concern” ?

    His point that the bus fare is $ 14 cheaper ??

    The trip to Cairo supposedly quicker ?

    Why IS Cairo “quicker” to go to for Gazans today ?

    What does the benevolent Mr Judo mean by referring innocently to “delays” in “crossing the border” ?

    Why don’t you NAME the PROBLEM, Mr Judo ?

    That ISRAEL ‘S BLOCKADE REFUSES to allow ALL Palestinians THE FREEDOM & THE RIGHT TO TRAVEL ?

    Why don’t you say that, even the blockade apart, “Jews Only” highways & “Palestinians Only”checkpoints have made direct travelling to Jerusalem or anywhere else in the Occupied Territories a freedom enjoyed ONLY BY JEWS, Mr Judo ?

    Why don’t you say that Israel is cutting Jerusalem off FROM WITHIN & FROM WITHOUT to ALL Palestinians, whether they are from Gaza or the West Bank or even from Jerusalem itself, as part of its campaign to seize & demographically cleanse the city & declare it the “Only Jews are Welcome” capital of the Jewish state of Israel, Mr Judo ?

    Why don’t you breathe a word against the US consulate in Jeruslem FIRST requiring Abed to submit more documents, & then refusing to let him return to show them ? Is it because the CONSULATE AUTHORITIES are COMPLICIT here on this issue in Israel’s illegal blockade ?

    And why don’t you, who are such an expert on genocide ONLY when it comes to Muslim countries like indonesia & Turkey, EVER breathe a syllable about ISREAL’S REFUSAL TO GIVE ABED AN EXIT VISA being what it IS — a COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT of ALL Palestinians & a BLATANT VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW & the RIGHT TO EDUCATION under that law ?

    Why don’t you whisper that yes, as THE OCCUPYING POWER it is ISRAEL ( & NOT Egypt ) that is OBLIGED to facilitate Abed’s journey, Mr Judo ?

    Abed’s case is sensitive enough for you to show a seeming “concern” for him even while the Jewish state you defend at all costs robs him of his rights, isn’t it Mr Judo, & your “concern” appears apparently only because Abed is, suddenly, a HUMAN FACE out of all the faceless statistics of the blockade, a VULNERABLE & APOLITICAL & completely INNOCENT face, a “kid” as you paternalistically call him, & it is human situations like his that need tactful, sensitive “handling”, isn’t it ….

    And he called you “friend” !!

  39. Hello guys :
    for my friend a.savage am totally agree with you , I will not meet in anyplace out of my country because I have the right to do that here , and for judo and call her as friend cause I Respect all point of views and to show every one that I can deal with anybody politely , dont attack their views , they are free to say what they want , and you are my friend too all of you .

  40. Hello guys :
    for my friend a.savage am totally agree with you , I will not meet in anyplace out of my country because I have the right to do that here , and for judo and call her as friend cause I Respect all point of views and to show every one that I can deal with anybody politely , dont attack their views , they are free to say what they want , and you are my friend too all of you .

  41. Abed only has a few days left to obtain his permit to exit Gaza. The US consulate told me that the only way to get the permit is to pressure the IDF –

    Does anyone have contact information for the IDF? Which Israeli can be contacted to discuss Abed's case?

    The US consulate has scheduled another interview for Abed, now the point is to get permission to cross the border to get to the appointment. The IDF controls this border and decides who will be let out. Even if permission comes from Tel Aviv – it is the soldiers who decide if they will honor the permit. Who controls the soldiers who should have responsibility to honor the permit? Can an individual soldier decide not to allow a person through the border who has permission?

  42. Saul,

    1) The U.S. consulate is correct in that Abed needs to have the exit permit that would be issued by Israel, but Israel rarely does this without outside intervention, thus our focusing on the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem which has done this before (usually only on selective cases and only once per individual).

    The consulate telling you to pressure the Israeli authorities directly is a cop out and re-direct.

    We are saying the U.S. consulate must intervene on Abed's behalf because of the extraordinary circumstances (e.g. the blockade), because not helping would be contributing to the violation against his right to an education, because as a branch of the State Dept. it is in their purview to work on behalf of American educational institutions and citizens (in this case Washington State University, Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray, Rep. McMorris (WA, 5th district) and scores of citizens), but especially because despite their policy of helping each person only once, it is the consulate that sent Abed BACK to the Gaza Strip for add'l documents and is therefore responsible for facilitating this second visit so he can show these documents to them.

    2) That being said, GISHA – the Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, an Israeli organization, is also working on Abed's case and is targeting Israeli contacts.

    (Saul – Amnesty does target Israeli authorities when thought to be most effective strategy, but in this case because of specific details of case and time constraint we thought targeting our own gov't would best serve Abed's needs while GISHA continues to work with the Israeli authorities.)

    3) Yes, a single soldier can over-ride the permit due to 'security reasons'. It's happened before and I'm sure it will happen again.

    You are right – Abed only has six more days to acquire his exit permit. This most likely will not be done without outside intervention and that responsibility falls directly on the U.S. consulate in east Jerusalem for the reasons I outlined above.

  43. Call Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
    Emily Stanfield 202) 647-2126 Special Assistant at stanfielde@state.gov

    Abed has appointed with US Consulate in Jerusalem. The issue is not the visa – the issue is crossing the border. This is a human rights issue because Abed's movement is restricted and his access to education is also restricted because he cannot access the US Consulate in Jerusalem.

    Emily Stanfield needs to understand that her Bureau represents Human Rights around the world and they should not put the responsibility onto another entity.

  44. Abed only has a few days left to obtain his permit to exit Gaza. The US consulate told me that the only way to get the permit is to pressure the IDF -

    Does anyone have contact information for the IDF? Which Israeli can be contacted to discuss Abed’s case?

    The US consulate has scheduled another interview for Abed, now the point is to get permission to cross the border to get to the appointment. The IDF controls this border and decides who will be let out. Even if permission comes from Tel Aviv – it is the soldiers who decide if they will honor the permit. Who controls the soldiers who should have responsibility to honor the permit? Can an individual soldier decide not to allow a person through the border who has permission?

  45. Saul,

    1) The U.S. consulate is correct in that Abed needs to have the exit permit that would be issued by Israel, but Israel rarely does this without outside intervention, thus our focusing on the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem which has done this before (usually only on selective cases and only once per individual).

    The consulate telling you to pressure the Israeli authorities directly is a cop out and re-direct.

    We are saying the U.S. consulate must intervene on Abed’s behalf because of the extraordinary circumstances (e.g. the blockade), because not helping would be contributing to the violation against his right to an education, because as a branch of the State Dept. it is in their purview to work on behalf of American educational institutions and citizens (in this case Washington State University, Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray, Rep. McMorris (WA, 5th district) and scores of citizens), but especially because despite their policy of helping each person only once, it is the consulate that sent Abed BACK to the Gaza Strip for add’l documents and is therefore responsible for facilitating this second visit so he can show these documents to them.

    2) That being said, GISHA – the Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, an Israeli organization, is also working on Abed’s case and is targeting Israeli contacts.

    (Saul – Amnesty does target Israeli authorities when thought to be most effective strategy, but in this case because of specific details of case and time constraint we thought targeting our own gov’t would best serve Abed’s needs while GISHA continues to work with the Israeli authorities.)

    3) Yes, a single soldier can over-ride the permit due to ‘security reasons’. It’s happened before and I’m sure it will happen again.

    You are right – Abed only has six more days to acquire his exit permit. This most likely will not be done without outside intervention and that responsibility falls directly on the U.S. consulate in east Jerusalem for the reasons I outlined above.

  46. Call Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
    Emily Stanfield 202) 647-2126 Special Assistant at stanfielde@state.gov

    Abed has appointed with US Consulate in Jerusalem. The issue is not the visa – the issue is crossing the border. This is a human rights issue because Abed’s movement is restricted and his access to education is also restricted because he cannot access the US Consulate in Jerusalem.

    Emily Stanfield needs to understand that her Bureau represents Human Rights around the world and they should not put the responsibility onto another entity.

  47. Yes Abed, my Friend & Brother,

    YOU WILL BE FREE …

    TO TRAVEL ….

    WHEREVER YOU LIKE …

    & FROM YOUR OWN NATIVE LAND.

    JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DOES, IN EVERY LAND ON EARTH.

    & yes again, be friends to one & all.

    & let life show you who are your true friends after all.

    Edie's right … the consulate's doing a copout.

    Saul's correct as well … one soldier can on his whim override a permit, so Ms Emily Stanfield needs to take responsibility to do what needs to be done.She seems definitely to be one avenue that requires attention.

    We are all praying for you, Abed.

    You will, you WILL be free to travel.

  48. I support Abed Al Hadi Basheer’s case!!
    Declaración UNIVERSAL de los derechos humanos. ningún país es la excepción

  49. Yes Abed, my Friend & Brother,

    YOU WILL BE FREE …

    TO TRAVEL ….

    WHEREVER YOU LIKE …

    & FROM YOUR OWN NATIVE LAND.

    JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DOES, IN EVERY LAND ON EARTH.

    & yes again, be friends to one & all.

    & let life show you who are your true friends after all.

    Edie’s right … the consulate’s doing a copout.

    Saul’s correct as well … one soldier can on his whim override a permit, so Ms Emily Stanfield needs to take responsibility to do what needs to be done.She seems definitely to be one avenue that requires attention.

    We are all praying for you, Abed.

    You will, you WILL be free to travel.

  50. I support Abed Al Hadi Basheer’s case!!
    Declaración UNIVERSAL de los derechos humanos. ningún país es la excepción

  51. Judo,
    With all due respect. It is Hamas or Egypt who are forbidding Abed to go to Egypt. The US immigration law states that an individual can only get a visa to the US from the US consulate in his or her country of residence. This means that he has to get the visa from the US Consulate in east Jerusalem. Going to Egypt would get him nowhere! He needs his US visa and to get it, he needs to travel to East Jerusalem.
    I hope that the above information clarified the issue.

  52. Judo,
    With all due respect. It is Hamas or Egypt who are forbidding Abed to go to Egypt. The US immigration law states that an individual can only get a visa to the US from the US consulate in his or her country of residence. This means that he has to get the visa from the US Consulate in east Jerusalem. Going to Egypt would get him nowhere! He needs his US visa and to get it, he needs to travel to East Jerusalem.
    I hope that the above information clarified the issue.

  53. How can we ask the Israeli Embassy for support for Abed's case? He needs to get to Jerusalem to the student visa interview at the US Consulate. Please write the to the US Consulate and the Israeli Embassy:
    The Israeli Ambassador to the United States at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
    Ambassador Michael Oren
    Embassy of Israel
    3514 International Drive, NW,
    Washington DC 20008
    City: Washington DC
    Phone: (202) 364-5500
    Fax: (202)-3645429
    Web Site: http://www.israelemb.org/
    Email: info@israelemb.org
    Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 09:30 AM – 01:00 PM Friday: 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    or the U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Tel Aviv, Israel
    Ambassador James B. Cunningham
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel
    U.S. Embassy, Israel
    71 Hayarkon Street
    Tel Aviv 63903
    Tel: 03-519-7475
    Fax: 03-516-4390 or 03-517-2348
    Urgent or After Hours Tel: 03-519-7551
    If American citizen: amctelaviv@state.gov

    Consul General Daniel Rubenstein
    U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem
    U.S. Consulate, East Jerusalem via Israel
    For mail: P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 91002
    18 Agron Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Street address: 27 Nablus Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Tel.: +972.2.622.7230 (NOT # for visa dept.)
    Fax: +972.2.625.9270 or (972) (0)2-628-5455
    E-mail (NOT for visa matters): UsConGenJerusalem@state.gov
    E-mail (for visa matters): Jerusalemvisa@state.gov
    E-mail (for immigrant issues): jerusalemiv@state.gov

  54. How can we ask the Israeli Embassy for support for Abed's case? He needs to get to Jerusalem to the student visa interview at the US Consulate. Please write the to the US Consulate and the Israeli Embassy:
    The Israeli Ambassador to the United States at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
    Ambassador Michael Oren
    Embassy of Israel
    3514 International Drive, NW,
    Washington DC 20008
    City: Washington DC
    Phone: (202) 364-5500
    Fax: (202)-3645429
    Web Site: http://www.israelemb.org/
    Email: info@israelemb.org
    Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 09:30 AM – 01:00 PM Friday: 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    or the U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Tel Aviv, Israel
    Ambassador James B. Cunningham
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel
    U.S. Embassy, Israel
    71 Hayarkon Street
    Tel Aviv 63903
    Tel: 03-519-7475
    Fax: 03-516-4390 or 03-517-2348
    Urgent or After Hours Tel: 03-519-7551
    If American citizen: amctelaviv@state.gov

    Consul General Daniel Rubenstein
    U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem
    U.S. Consulate, East Jerusalem via Israel
    For mail: P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 91002
    18 Agron Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Street address: 27 Nablus Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Tel.: +972.2.622.7230 (NOT # for visa dept.)
    Fax: +972.2.625.9270 or (972) (0)2-628-5455
    E-mail (NOT for visa matters): UsConGenJerusalem@state.gov
    E-mail (for visa matters): Jerusalemvisa@state.gov
    E-mail (for immigrant issues): jerusalemiv@state.gov

  55. How can we ask the Israeli Embassy for support for Abed's case? He needs to get to Jerusalem to the student visa interview at the US Consulate. Please write the to the US Consulate and the Israeli Embassy:
    The Israeli Ambassador to the United States at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
    Ambassador Michael Oren
    Embassy of Israel
    3514 International Drive, NW,
    Washington DC 20008
    City: Washington DC
    Phone: (202) 364-5500
    Fax: (202)-3645429
    Web Site: http://www.israelemb.org/
    Email: info@israelemb.org
    Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 09:30 AM – 01:00 PM Friday: 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    or the U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Tel Aviv, Israel
    Ambassador James B. Cunningham
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel
    U.S. Embassy, Israel
    71 Hayarkon Street
    Tel Aviv 63903
    Tel: 03-519-7475
    Fax: 03-516-4390 or 03-517-2348
    Urgent or After Hours Tel: 03-519-7551
    If American citizen: amctelaviv@state.gov

    Consul General Daniel Rubenstein
    U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem
    U.S. Consulate, East Jerusalem via Israel
    For mail: P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 91002
    18 Agron Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Street address: 27 Nablus Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Tel.: +972.2.622.7230 (NOT # for visa dept.)
    Fax: +972.2.625.9270 or (972) (0)2-628-5455
    E-mail (NOT for visa matters): UsConGenJerusalem@state.gov
    E-mail (for visa matters): Jerusalemvisa@state.gov
    E-mail (for immigrant issues): jerusalemiv@state.gov

  56. How can we ask the Israeli Embassy for support for Abed’s case? He needs to get to Jerusalem to the student visa interview at the US Consulate. Please write the to the US Consulate and the Israeli Embassy:
    The Israeli Ambassador to the United States at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
    Ambassador Michael Oren
    Embassy of Israel
    3514 International Drive, NW,
    Washington DC 20008
    City: Washington DC
    Phone: (202) 364-5500
    Fax: (202)-3645429
    Web Site: http://www.israelemb.org/
    Email: info@israelemb.org
    Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 09:30 AM – 01:00 PM Friday: 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    or the U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Tel Aviv, Israel
    Ambassador James B. Cunningham
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel
    U.S. Embassy, Israel
    71 Hayarkon Street
    Tel Aviv 63903
    Tel: 03-519-7475
    Fax: 03-516-4390 or 03-517-2348
    Urgent or After Hours Tel: 03-519-7551
    If American citizen: amctelaviv@state.gov

    Consul General Daniel Rubenstein
    U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem
    U.S. Consulate, East Jerusalem via Israel
    For mail: P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 91002
    18 Agron Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Street address: 27 Nablus Road
    Jerusalem 94190
    Tel.: +972.2.622.7230 (NOT # for visa dept.)
    Fax: +972.2.625.9270 or (972) (0)2-628-5455
    E-mail (NOT for visa matters): UsConGenJerusalem@state.gov
    E-mail (for visa matters): Jerusalemvisa@state.gov
    E-mail (for immigrant issues): jerusalemiv@state.gov