March 9, 2014

Enemy Named

It looks like the US government has finally named the enemy. So who would that be?

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has infested US government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Pentagon, the State Department, etc? The Russian bear awakened by the stench of a declining America and a weak American president? Or maybe Iran, the world's #1 sponsor of terrorism and soon-to-be nuclear power?

No, the US government has started cracking down on enemy #1... i.e., the Israelis. Not Islamist terrorists, mind you, but Israeli tourists seeking visas to visit the US.

We kid you not. The US State Department has dramatically increased its rejection rate of Israelis seeking visas to visit the US, and expelled Israel from its visa waiver program (see below).

You know, the State Department's visa waiver program, the same program reserved for such stalwart US allies as Saudi Arabia, aka Wahhabi Central, and Qatar, banker to terrorists worldwide.

American Jewry take note: This is the President who received the overwhelming majority of your vote...TWICE. The problem is, as Rev Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's pastor of 20 years would say, your "chickens are coming home to roost.”  |  March 9, 2014

One Week After Russia's Crimean Invasion, US Imposes Travel Sanctions...Against Israelis

By Thomas Rose

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At the same time the US State Department is relaxing entry requirements to visa applicants with Islamist terrorist connections, and reassuring President Putin of Russia that any sanctions against travel to the US placed upon those responsible for Russia's invasion Ukraine will be limited to no more than a "few dozen" named individuals, it is dramatically increasing its rejection rate of Israelis seeking visas to visit the US.  

While the State Department denies it, Israeli officials now suspect  their country is being deliberately sanctioned as part of an unannounced administration policy to punish the Jewish state. This week their fears were publicly shared by none other than administration ally NY Senator Charles Schumer, who, in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry,  demanded an end to the “State Department policy of categorically denying young Israelis tourist visas that makes it nearly impossible for any young Israeli to visit the U.S.”

The harsh and unexplained crackdown against Israeli tourists, first felt in 2009 has been tightening ever since, particularly, say those familiar with the matter, within the last year. When first imposed, the travel bans were extended to all young Israelis seeking to visit the US after completing their compulsory military service. Israeli reports examining such records show that, starting in 2012, rejections of Israeli visa requests were applied preemptively and categorically to all Israeli nationals of student age.

The State Department confirms there has been a 400% increase in the visa refusal rate for Israeli citizens since 2007, when only 2.5% of all Israeli visa requests were denied, as compared to 2013 when 9.7% were. In fact, rejection rates for Israeli visa applicants were so high in 2013, that Israel was expelled from the State Department’s visa waiver program. Some of the countries whose citizens are eligible to participate the US visa waiver program, in addition to traditional and treaty allies like Canada and the UK, include Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Original article here.


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