Warning: Visiting Israel Is Dangerous
Hospitality isn't Israel's long suit.
by Stephen Lendman
Don't visit Gaza by sea. In May 2010, nine Mavi Marmara activists died trying. Anyone planning Gaza, West Bank, or East Jerusalem trips be warned.
Interdictions, beatings, arrests, interrogations, detentions, deportations, or even death may follow. Israel's indeed dangerous.
Arrivals supporting Palestinian rights risk harshness. Don't come wearing jerseys or bearing signs saying solidarity with Palestine. Don't say you plan West Bank East Jerusalem, and/or Gaza visits. Worse is admitting you'll help build schools, plant trees, or repair damaged wells.
Don't suggest you plan protesting against illegal settlement construction. If asked, don't tell. Any one or combination of these may result in close encounters with security forces leaving lasting impressions and realization that avoiding trouble requires staying mum.
On April 14, Danish activist Andreas Ias learned the hard way. Jordan Valley Brigade deputy commander Lt. Colonel Shalom Eisner rifle-butted him in the face. Hospitalization followed. His offense was peacefully participating in a Palestinian demonstration.