Susan Abulhawa is a American writer whose first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was translated into 30 languages and was an international best seller. a helluva read. Now her new book, The Blue Between Sky and Water, is coming out soon.It has already been sold for translation into 19 languages,
On July 29 this American citizen born in Jerusalem was stopped at the Allenby Bridge crossing into Israel from Jordan. She was on her way to visit parents “in the only democracy in the Middle East,”
You can guess what happened if you know anything about Israel.
American passport in tow this feisty proud 45 year old American citizen was subjected to a 7 hour humiliation at the hands of security officials.
Why are you here? On and on and on.
As well as visiting friends this distinguished author was on her way to build 2 more playgrounds for kids in Palestine.
After the 7 hour humiliation fest Abulhawa lost it“ You wish you had the same roots as I do,” she shouted. “You should be the one to leave, not me! I’m a daughter of this land.”
Later on on Facebook she let it all hang out…wouldn’t you?
“Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn’t think I was sufficiently differential. Livid,”
Asking for help from the US consulate in Jordan was a lost cause. She was refused entry and the staff would not accept her complaint.
A typical day for a Palestinian arriving in Israel
The week before another Jerusalem native Dr. George Khoury landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Khoury is a professor of languages with a doctorate in theology from Berkeley got he same shoddy treatment. Traveling with a priest friend from Italy the 70 year old Khoury was denied entry.
The sensitive security apparatchik told him,”This is our Israel. This is for Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel”.
imagine a Canadian official treating a person like this.
Gone the next day.
But this is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
And this is America, the great enabler of the longest modern occupation in history.