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Israelis to enter US without visas, announces minister

Image of Ayelet Shaked, Israel's new Justice Minister of the far-right Jewish Home party, in Jerusalem May 17, 2015 [REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool]
Ayelet Shaked, Israel's Justice Minister of the far-right Jewish Home party, in Jerusalem May 17, 2015 [REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool]

Israel’s Justice Minister announced on Monday that the plan to cancel US entry visa requirements for Israeli citizens is nearing completion, local media have reported. Ayelet Shaked said that there is an agreement to be implemented soon, which will include permission for the US authorities to access Israel’s biometric fingerprint database.

“[We are] completing the agreement to cancel the visas,” Shaked tweeted. “Since I began my post, we have been working with the Americans in order to join the select group of countries whose citizens are exempt from obtaining an entry visa to the US.” She added that a balance has been found between maintaining the privacy of Israeli citizens and the American demands.

According to one Israeli news website, such an agreement can only be authorised after the Biometric Database Law is amended by the Knesset (parliament). It pointed out that with the existing law, Israeli citizens’ private information cannot be relayed to foreign authorities unless a criminal investigation is involved and, in that case, they may only be given the details temporarily.

Shaked explained that the understanding includes sharing fingerprint databases only in the case of people with a criminal background. This would resolve the Israeli privacy objections to the visa proposal.

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  • Munzer Morrar

    I can’t wait to see every last Zionist exterminated off the face of this planet. The world would be a better place without them. When is god going to finally show the Zionists there place in this world.

  • David Adams

    Bu bu bu bu but I thought the Trump Administration was trying to get keep terrorists out ?

    Who is currently in violation of International Law and the Geneva Convention ?
    IT’S ISRAEL

    ISRAEL’S CURRENT LAW VIOLATIONS

    ISRAELI OCCUPATION IS ILLEGAL:
    Laws Violated: U.N. Charter, Article 2(4) & 51 (1945); Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations…, Principle 1(1970).

    ILLEGAL ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS ON OCCUPIED LAND:
    Laws Violated: Geneva Conventions IV, Article 49(6) (1949). It is illegal to colonize occupied land or transfer non-indigenous population to that
    land.

    ILLEGAL TO TAKE LAND BY FORCE & CLAIM SOVEREIGNTY:
    Laws Violated: U.N. Charter, Article 2(4) (1945); Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations…, Principle 1(1970).

    ILLEGAL ISRAELI PRACTICE OF ETHNIC CLEANSING:
    Laws Violated: Forbidding civilian populations the right to return to their homes following the end of armed conflict is in direct violation ofinternational law and UN resolutions. Geneva Convention IV, Articles 45, 46 & 49 (1949), UN resolutions 194 (III) (General Assembly; 1948) &237 (Security Council; 1967).

    ISRAELI APARTHEID SYSTEM IS ILLEGAL:
    Laws Violated: International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (1976).

    MASSIVE VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS (HR):
    Laws Violated: U.N. Charter, Article 1 (1945); Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations…, Principle 5 (1970).

    COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT IS ILLEGAL:
    Laws Violated: Geneva Conventions IV, Article 33 (1949); Geneva Conventions (Protocol I), Article 75(2d) (1977).

    ILLEGAL MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION OF LOCAL LAWS:
    Laws Violated: Hague Regulations IV, Article 43 (1907).

    VIOLATIONS OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS:
    Laws Violated: Israel has violated 28 resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (which are legally binding on member-nations U.N.
    Charter, Article 25 (1945); a few sample resolutions – 54, 111, 233, 234, 236, 248, 250, 252, 256, 262, 267, 270, 280, 285, 298, 313, 316, 468, 476,etc.

    SEPARATION BARRIER RULED ILLEGAL