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July 25, 2016 3:12 am

US Policy on Judea and Samaria Is Hindering Peace

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Judea and Samaria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Judea and Samaria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The United States Consulate in Jerusalem reported that two NBA players, along with trainers and administrators, recently traveled through Jerusalem and the West Bank. The trip was made possible by the Consulate General. The players were Kelenna Azubuike and Temeka Johnson, and they ran clinics for several hundred Palestinian players and coaches.

This trip was termed a “sports diplomacy” initiative to connect Americans and Palestinians through a shared love of sports. The Department of State maintains a #SportsUnited program, which sends American athletes around the world and also brings young international athletes to the United States. The trip is also part of the NBA’s global outreach efforts through the #NBACares program.

It would be safe to assume that a visit to a Jewish community was not on the schedule. I have highlighted the situation of disallowing any Jewish resident of Judea and Samaria from participating in such programs herehere and here.

This shunning of Jews is a major failure of the State Department. The problem isn’t officials on the ground — it’s the directives from Washington, which ignore or exclude Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria from all such programs.

Let me make it clear: I am all for sports being used to encourage all peoples to learn the value of rules, community and fairness. I think Arab children and coaches, outside of basketball, could apply those lessons to other fields of human endeavors.

I just don’t see why the Consulate excludes the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria from its various programs, as well as from its student grant and aid funds. Having Jews and Arabs learn about basketball and play together could be a tremendous step towards peace, or at least coexistence or mutual tolerance.

Peace cannot be forced.  It needs be developed. Peace is actual life and relationships between peoples.

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  • yes, the State Dept encourages the initiatives that are designed to subvert Israel and Israeli control of its capital, but the employees of the US Consulate in Jerusalem have long been known to go out of their way to thwart or frustrate routine requests made by Jews, including requests for consular services that are, elsewhere, routinely accommodated. the employees of the US Consulate in Jerusalem are often nasty and uncooperative to Jews, especially Israeli Jews.

  • The reason to exclude Jews living in Judea and Samaria, the homeland of the Jewish people is really quite simple. The USA Consulate-General in Jerusalem which reports directly to Washington DC instead of to the USA Embassy insultingly located in Tel Aviv is in fact the USA embassy to the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The USA’s policy is that Jews have no rights to any territory beyond the 1949 armistice line, the position adopted by the Arabs, the mohammedan world in general and their Western appeasers cum sales seekers. And justice, morality and responsibility for implacable bloody aggression be damned.

  • stevenl

    The SD is full of antisemites. At least I know it.
    It will change with DT as President.

  • Nelson Mandala made peace through soccer, so sports is a viable avenue to take towards that end.

    • Jose Rivera

      sports for “palis” won’t bring peace,,duh!!!!