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March 18, 2016 11:42 am

Jewish Human Rights Organization Slams ‘Genocidal Antisemitism’ of US Visa Website Omitting Israel’s Name, Flag

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"Israel" is noticably missing from the names of countries listed on the CSC website. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

“Israel” is noticably missing from the names of countries listed on the CSC website. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

The service contractor for the official US visa website is promoting what might constitute “genocidal antisemitism,” by not referring to Israel by name among a list of countries on its site, a major Jewish human rights organization said on Friday.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, director of international relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, sent a letter to Mike Lawrie, president and CEO of CSC Visa Information Service, pointing out that Israel and its flag are missing from a global list of sovereign countries on its website. The page offers foreign travelers who require a visa to enter the United States to select their country of origin. Each country has an image of its flag next to its name. The flag of Israel is notably missing, as is the name “Israel.” Instead, only the cities Jerusalem and Tel Aviv appear.

“Together with the listed Middle-East states and flags (United Arab Emirates and Iran) there is a bizarre choice proposed of ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Tel Aviv’, presented as two stateless municipalities or perhaps city-states,” Samuels told Lawrie. “The State Department seems to be sending complainants to you to address this aberration: wiping the Jewish State off the map and expunging its flag could arguably be called genocidal antisemitism.”

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Samuels urged the CSC president and chairman to investigate among its “92,000 employees worldwide” to see who committed “this abomination.” He also called on Lawrie to “publicly condemn this act, to take immediate disciplinary measures and to apologize to Israel and its Jewish and gentile friends by immediately rectifying this situation.”

“In the context of the contemporary Middle-East and the daily violence against Israeli citizens, their steadfast ally – the United States – cannot be seen as singling out its only true friend in the region, whether on the level of government or a private business contractor,” Samuels concluded.

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  • Wm. J. Levy

    Jewish Human Rights Organization? Is that another name for another Jewish organization that does nothing and has no power like all the other Jewish Organizations like ADL, AJC and the million others.

    Give me a Jewish organization that can motivate 100,000 Jews to protest an anti-Jew government organization.

    It would have worked against the Nazis in the 1920’s and against the KKK here and the Neo-Nazis in Skokie instead of the Jews listening to their rabbi to go home, close the window and pull down the shade.

    It really worked in Poland and Russia didn’t.

    Don’t you ever get angry?

  • A Sanders

    I fail to see why any company, government agency, airline etc. should omit the flag, map and mention of the State of Israel. Has everyone forgotten that the UN voted Israel as a sovereign state in 1948. What has changed?

  • To whom it may concern.

    I am sorry to say everything that happens against Israel happens under present administration. If Hillary elected it will be the same.The Arab world some like Palestinian in their vocabulary and books it says Israel does not exist. Looks like somebody in the present around world administration does not want Israel to exist.
    This is my observation. We Jews our own enemy like J Street and a few others.
    Thank you
    Irene Rogers

  • ted weiss

    here the reform movement Jay street New Israel Fund Peace Now
    are being silent

  • Karen

    Well, seems I’ll have to stop by chase bank & cancel my Visa card. It’s the only way to send the message. Unbelievable!

  • erik keller

    Israel – State of dekcay

  • stevenl

    Israel should impose on any diplomat to meet in Jerusalem or not meet at all.
    IL abuses the notion of Western friendship to avoid being tough on the antisemitic West. A definitive sign of weakness. These are not friends but bullies undermining IL by whatever mean at their disposal.

  • Leonard D’Amico

    Because Obama has been so disrespectful to Jews in the US and in Israel, this type of behavior is acceptable. A fish rots from the head to the tail.

  • enufizenuf

    Soon enough it will be Israel’s turn to remove certain hostile Middle Eastern states from the planet.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Could Obama possibly have known of this omission?

    Ya think???

  • Uncle Sam

    The State Department, naturally. Hillary Clinton’s domain, Foggy Bottom

  • Dov

    I don’t think Israel was ever listed as a State in the State Dept records.

  • A Switzer

    I’d like to see Israel sue every product and service organization and procure company, map maker and printer, that continues to eliminate Israel or fabricate things like this.

  • Russell Mollot

    Did not the wicked prophet Bilaam say: ” it is a nation that will dwell alone, and will not be reckoned among the nations”? This prophecy regarding Israel is now fulfilled.

  • Stein

    Clinton = Obama = hostility against the State of Israel

  • HaroldT

    This together with the Visa card issued with a caricature of a Jew with large nose and fat lips is proof of an anti-Semitic organisation.
    Time for all Jews to boycott Visa.

    • This issue is NOT about VISA,the BANK/CREDIT card.It is much worse;it was omitted by the offical US visa website(dept.of state,travel info.)!!AN ERROR? NO WAY!!

  • Hugh Kelly

    What would one expect from an administration that has time and again refused to recognize Israel as a sovereign state, who has repudiated the decades long loyalty that has existed since the founding of the State of Israel, an administration, led by a craven Muslim, whose hatred of Israel is documented almost daily, and an administration peopled with radical Arabs, Muslims and other enemies of peace and Middle East tranquility.
    The current US administration is behaving shamefully towards its long time ally, and it’s Prime Minister and whose patience and tolerance can only last so long.

  • Jonas

    And the US of A are our friends ally, sorry its not my cup of thee

  • No flag appears for Cyprus, either.

    Why do they list Tel Aviv and Jerusalem separately, even though both link to the same web page, namely, that for the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem? For all other countries, there is only a single link. It is as if Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are in separate countries.

    • Yale

      For the State Department they are. The consulate in Tel Aviv services Israelis and Americans who have been admitted to “Israel”, while the Jerusalem consulate services “Palestinians” and Americans who visit “Palestine”. I learned this, to my great surprise, when I walked to the Jerusalem consulate to cast an absentee ballot and discovered that even though it was only a few blocks from where I was living I would have to go to Tel Aviv to obtain consular services.

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