Trump’s Travel Ban Should Include Palestinians
American Jews were among those protesting the Trump administration’s ban on individuals from seven Middle Eastern countries entering the US.
But travel bans against Jews — specifically Israeli Jews — to Muslim countries continue on a daily basis, without a murmur of protest from many of those same people.
Around the world, it is accepted that Jewish Israeli passport-holders are barred from entering Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The discrimination does not end there. Israeli Jews are also prevented from participating in international sporting competitions, and other events, in these and other Muslim countries.
But if the aim of the Trump administration is to stop the infiltration of potential terrorists into America, the White House must also include Palestinians on its list.
That is because the Palestinians — in addition to killing thousands of Israelis — have also murdered countless Americans.
Among the most prominent examples:
Sirhan Sirhan, who murdered US Attorney-General Robert Kennedy in 1968, was a Palestinian.
Yasser Arafat ordered the murder and kidnapping of the US Ambassador and his deputy in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1973.
Arafat also ordered the kidnapping, torture and execution of William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, in 1984.
In 1985, after Arafat officially renounced terrorism, four members of the Palestine Liberation Front threw Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly handicapped American Jew in a wheelchair, off the Achille Lauro cruise ship that they had hijacked on the high seas.
In 2016, a New York appeals court threw out a $655 million judgement brought by American victims of Palestinian terror not because the Palestinian Authority was innocent, but simply because the judges claimed that American courts have no jurisdiction over the PA or Fatah.
In other words, the Palestinians can get away with murdering Americans and Jews because, diplomatically, they are untouchable. They can even get away with being allowed into the United States despite their gruesome and patently obvious connection with terrorism.
The Taylor Force Act, named after a US army veteran who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last year, was recently introduced in Congress. It’s aim is to cut off funding to the PA if the PA continues paying monthly salaries to terrorists.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has often boasted that of the $440 million he receives from the US, $46 million is allocated to support terrorists.
Last month, a PLO minister, Zakariya Al-Agha, told a crowd that the PA has given NIS 550 million ($145 million) to the families of terrorists killed during the 2014 Hamas war on Israel.
Despite austerity measures taken by the PA due to a decrease in foreign aid, payments to terrorists will be increased by 3.1% in their 2017 budget.
And now they are threatening more violence should the US move its embassy to Jerusalem.
The Palestinian commitment to terrorism only increases, year after year. It constitutes a clear and present danger to the United States, and Trump should add the Palestinians to his list of banned individuals.
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of the book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’