You have the RIGHT to hear the truth about Israel….. PRESERVE THAT RIGHT!

Omar Barghouti is a key leader of the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel’s government. Few people anywhere are better able to convey the power and promise of this nonviolent force for a just resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict based on human rights and equality.
And whatever your position, he has a right to speak as a matter of principle.
Which is why it’s so critical that he be heard here in the United States.
Barghouti – who has advanced academic degrees from US institutions, who lived here for 11 years, whose daughter attends school here- has been inexplicably denied a visa to come to the US in April for a long-planned tour to talk about his new book, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, published by Haymarket Books. A book Archbishop Desmond Tutu called  “lucid and morally compelling… perfectly timed to make a major contribution to this urgently needed global campaign for justice, freedom and peace.” 
Barghouti has invitations to speak in New York City, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Brandeis University, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. But all that may be over if the US doesn’t issue a visa.
But we still have some time.
That’s why Haymarket Books and Omar Barghouti have asked for your help. If the US Consulate gets enough emails and calls from concerned US citizens, they could reverse their decision and grant him a visa.
At a time when the United States has been forced to recognize the democratic revolution in Egypt after long supporting its dictator Hosni Mubarak, we hope the US government will not violate the freedom of speech of a visiting author and leader for the struggle for democracy for Palestinians.
We hope the US is not denying its own citizens the right to hear different ideas and learn from Omar Barghouti’s hopeful example.
Some critics of U.S. foreign policy hoped that President Barack Obama would end George Bush’s policy of “ideological exclusion”–denying people the right to visit the United States because they are critical of its policies.  But if the U.S. denies Barghouti a visa for political reasons, it would instead be continuing the worst traditions of Obama’s predecessor and cold-war style suppression of ideas.
Please tell the Israeli consulate and State Department: let Omar Barghouti speak!

Tell US Consulate: Let Omar Barghouti speak to us

Effectively canceling a planned speaking tour, the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem has inexplicably delayed the granting of a visa for Omar Barghouti, founding member of the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) campaign, due to tour the United States this April for the release of his new book, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights;

Contact the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and the Department of State to ask them to fulfill the promise from the Obama Administration of “promoting the global marketplace of ideas” and grant Barghouti’s visa immediately. Demand your right to hear this key leader in the nonviolent struggle for a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 


Daniel Rubinstein

Consul General, US Consulate, Jerusalem


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  1. James B said,

    February 25, 2011 at 18:24

    Too late, we’re already there.

    The intelligent see it and oppose it.

    The ignorant continue to wave their flags, “vote”, and support it.

  2. February 25, 2011 at 18:53


  3. Debra said,

    February 27, 2011 at 00:55

    I’m not giving up, NEVER!!! I will NOT agree that it is “Too late, we’re already there.” I do agree the intelligent Americans have seen it and have been opposing it for a long time. There are too many who are not intelligent and follow the GOP aka CORP greed mongers/dictators, who have been taking away our freedoms but pointing the finger at anyone and everyone else. Now that they are trying to take collective bargaining away, the ordinary layman can understand this, and the people are starting to FINALLY see what is, and has been, going on for a very long time. They are starting to take action. While Obama has let many of us down by not living up to his campaign promises, at least we don’t have Bush anymore. I continue to do my part and take action. I will also send the above letter Thank you for this post.

  4. Debra said,

    February 27, 2011 at 01:18

    To make it easier for those of you who would like to take action, following is the link to email State Dept:

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