Visa Waiver for Israel Violates Arab-Americans’ Rights

Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab-American Institute, discusses Arab-Americans’ outrage at the Biden administration’s announcement Sept. 27th that it is accepting Israel into the U.S. visa waiver program, a program which allows citizens from select countries to travel to the United States without a visa. Arab-American, Palestinian-American and U.S. Muslim civil rights groups say Israel doesn’t meet the United States’ own established criteria for admission to the program and violates Arab-Americans’ rights as U.S. citizens to equal protection under the law. Berry says her own country is now facilitating Israeli discrimination against her and other U.S. citizens, not only Arab-Americans but all U.S. advocates of Palestinian human rights, who also face discrimination at Israel’s borders.


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