Zogby first lays out the facts of the case (leaving out, of course, the Palestinian Americans' ties to various "resistance" movements), and then republishes a conversation between the Palestinian and the US consulate, where the US consulate says they can't do anything to help her get into Israel. Shocking, right?
So then Zogby turns on the waterworks:
"Israeli treatment of Americans of Arab descent is demeaning and disgraceful -- though it pales in comparison with the daily humiliation endured by Palestinians at checkpoints and borders. More disturbing is the acceptance of this behavior and the cavalier disregard some American officials have displayed to these violations of the rights of their own citizens."Zogby doesn't change the tactics of what has worked relatively well for the Palestinians for so long, the complaint of "rights being violated." Apparently, no one has ever bothered to let him know that no one, not even Jews, have the "right" to enter Israel. Period. Especially not Americans, and definitely not Palestinian Americans. If you don't want to get your email searched by the Israelis, don't go to Israel. It's that easy. But then, Zogby does need to have a topic for his column this week...
Zogby complains for a while about how Americans should be able to freely enter Israel anytime they want because America and Israel are friends, and then shows this remarkable display of hypocrisy:
"The "travel warning" he [the US official] pointed out to her [the poor suffering Palestinian (tm)] specifically notes that "U.S. citizens with Arabic or Muslim names, those born in Muslim or Middle Eastern countries" can be expected to be treated differently by "Israeli border authorities." To understand just how infuriating this warning is, substitute "Jewish" for "Arabic" and "Jordanian border authorities" for "Israeli border authorities." Then ask yourself what the reaction of the State Department and Congress would be if that were the case? Would they merely issue a "warning" or "advisory" to American Jews -- as if this behavior were some "act of nature" to be lamented but accepted"First of all, there is nothing in the US official's statement about Arabs or Muslims, just Palestinians. If Zogby considers all Palestinians to be Arabs and Muslims, that's his problem.
Second, yes, let's imagine if Jews were treated differently by Arab border authorities. Oh wait, they are. There are numerous countries which won't let you in if you have an Israeli stamped passport, period. And those countries aren't even actively fighting Israel the way Israel is fighting the Palestinians. And what has been the reaction of the State Department and Congress? MEH. So stop crying, James. What goes around comes around.
Zogby ends with a reiteration of his two talking points: the race card, and the rights card.
"I have been assured by many Secretaries of State that there is but one class of U.S. citizenship, that our rights, as Arab Americans, will be protected and that this matter will be taken up with Israeli authorities. They have done so, and yet the systematic discrimination against and harassment of Americans of Arab descent by the State of Israel not only persists, it has worsened."So I will reiterate with mine: No one has a right to enter Israel, not even Arab Americans. The good news is that most of the Huffington Posters who read the article (aside from the anti-Zionist crowd of course) understood that your rights as an American end when you step outside of America. Other countries aren't obligated to treat Americans with kid gloves, no matter what their diplomatic status is or how much money America gives them. If you go into Canada, you have to abide by Canadian rules. If you go to Singapore, you have to abide by Singaporean rules. Dr. Zogby keeps trying, but he keeps failing. He really should find something new to complain about. Like, I don't know...thousands of civilians dying in Syria. The last time he wrote about that was back in March. They are Arabs too, after all.