Philip Weiss writes in Mondoweiss
Three weeks ago we reported that Hanan Ashrawi‘s visa application had been delayed, and she could not join an event in the U.S. Now the word is official, the longtime Palestinian legislator/negotiator has been denied. From Ashrawi’s twitter feed:
It is official! My US visa application has been rejected. No reason given. Choose any of the following: I’m over 70 & a grandmother; I’ve been an activist for Palestine since the late 1960’s; I’ve always been an ardent supporter of nonviolent resistance…
Potential reasons she gives in that thread:
I’ve always struggled for human rights and against corruption… I’ve been a vocal critic of this administration & its underlings… I despise hypocrisy, misogyny, absolutist fundamentalism, populism, racism of all kinds, exclusivity, arrogance & condescension, power politics & militarism, cruelty in any form, & any sense of entitlement & exceptionalism; Most of all, I have no tolerance for the Israeli occupation in all its manifestations as a most pervasive form of oppression, dispossession & denial
Matt Lee reports that the State Department provided no details on why it rejected Ashrawi only saying that it does not do so on the basis of political beliefs.
Ashrawi’s denial is a landmark event signalling the death of the two-state solution, says Ed Abington, former US consul in Jerusalem under Clinton and adviser to the Palestinian Authority and a former American point-man on the Oslo accords.