11 October 2019   An Act Of Betrayal And Infamy - By: Alon Ben-Meir


3 October 2019   Israel’s Fractured Democracy And Its Repercussions - By: Alon Ben-Meir



26 September 2019   Climate Change: A Worldwide Catastrophe In The Making - By: Alon Ben-Meir




12 September 2019   The Last Dance: Trump, Putin, Netanyahu and Kim - By: Alon Ben-Meir















5 أيلول 2015   "من الأزل".. آخر كتب الراحل جونتر جراس - بقلم: المركز الألماني للإعلام (ألمانيا إنفو/ almania info)

14 May 2019

Why is the Trump administration afraid of Hanan Ashrawi?

By: Daoud Kuttab
print     send by email

Ted Koppel, the anchor of American late night serious talk programme, Nightline, came to Jerusalem at the height of the first intifada in 1989.

I remember meeting him and his team at a hotel. He wanted to hold a series of debates that included prominent Palestinian and Israeli leaders talking about the conflict, in order to help the American public to understand this complicated decade-long conflict. He wanted individuals who could help him make the case for his people.

We went over a few names and I remember suggesting the name of an English literature professor at Bir Zeit University, Dr Hanan Ashrawi. She was active with the right to Education campaign after repeated Israeli decisions to arbitrarily close Palestinian higher education institutions, including Bir Zeit University.

She was also known to many because of her involvement in the legal committee to help detained students, and was well liked by all. I had known Hanan for some time - her husband Emile is an avid photographer and a relative of our family, and the the two had met while they were both part of the Balaleen theatre group in Jerusalem.

Ted Koppel's team accepted the recommendation and invited Hanan Ashrawi and she was an instant hit. Her performance would quickly propel her to the top of Palestinian political structures even though she had no official position, and at the Madrid conference two years later in 1991, she was chosen as the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation headed by Dr Haider Abdel Shafi from Gaza.

Hanan tried to continue in her beloved academic career but had to give it up when she was elected by the Palestinian National Council in 2006 to be a member of the PLO's executive committee, despite opposition from some of its top leaders.

An avid supporter and believer in nonviolence, Hanan has continued to represent Palestinians, and as she said in her most recent twitter message, has met every secretary of state since George Shultz, and every US president since George Bush Sr.

Hanan and Emile have many relatives in the US, where Hanan had received her PhD at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in English Literature. They have travelled to the US many times before and after the US recognition of the PLO without any problem. Her requests for visas have never been rejected.

Until this week.
For weeks, the rumour had been spreading on social media that her most recent request for a visa to speak at a Boston University and other US thinktanks was rejected. On Monday, she confirmed that after years of travelling sometimes three or four times a year to the US, her visa application had been denied, barring her from the US where her daughter and grandchildren are living.

There is no way to divorce the decision to bar Ashrawi, from the current US foreign policy of trying to delegitimise Palestinian nationalism.

Not only has the Trump administration acted against the Palestinian presence (closing the mission in DC), but has also reversed US policy on internationally accepted issues, such as the rights of Palestinian refugees, the unresolved status of Jerusalem and the fact that Palestinian lands are under occupation.

Furthermore, a quick look at the rhetoric of the Trump administration's point man - Jason Greenblatt, is particularly telling: Of his 233 tweets in March and April, nearly 79 percent are either pro-Israel, or anti-Palestinian.

Greenblatt recently attacked a Palestinian school for painting a mural of a well-loved Palestinian national leader who was a supporter of the unarmed first intifada, and has written with  contempt of Palestinians, and patronisingly towards their leaders.

The Trump administration is trying its hardest to force Palestinians to engage with it, after doing everything possible to push them away, and treating Palestinian national aspirations with contempt and disregard.

Perhaps the most vivid example of the Trump team's bankruptcy, is expressed in Greenblatt's tweet, after her visa was rejected, that stated Ashrawi is more than welcome to the White House.

In other words, if Ashrawi wants to visit her daughter and grandchildren or - God forbid, give a lecture at an American University - she is not allowed, but if she wants to break the current Palestinian decision not to engage with this anti-Palestinian administration, then the doors of the White House are open. Such a callous invitation is typical of the chutzpah we've come to expect of the US-Israel alliance.

Of course, America has a sovereign right to decide who it bars from entering its territorial borders, but such an abuse of their powers, against one of the most respected Palestinian public figures, is nothing short of political blackmail.

* A Palestinian columnist based in Amman, Jordan. - dkuttab@ammannet.net



Name
Email
Comment
Security Code

21 تشرين أول 2019   بديهيّات حول الانتخابات العامة ولجنتها..! - بقلم: فراس ياغي

21 تشرين أول 2019   بانتظار بقرة حمراء تغسل نجس إردان وغيره من اليهود..! - بقلم: المحامي إبراهيم شعبان

20 تشرين أول 2019   جيتوستانات..! - بقلم: د. مصطفى البرغوتي

20 تشرين أول 2019   فصائل غزة وفصائل الضفة..! - بقلم: د. هاني العقاد

20 تشرين أول 2019   حاجة الصهيونية للإستحواذ على المقدس..! - بقلم: د. عبد الرحيم جاموس

20 تشرين أول 2019   أخطار تهدد الحراك اللبناني..! - بقلم: عمر حلمي الغول


19 تشرين أول 2019   همروجة حديث الانتخابات..! - بقلم: د. إبراهيم أبراش

19 تشرين أول 2019   اتعظوا يا أولي الألباب..! - بقلم: مصطفى إبراهيم

19 تشرين أول 2019   بسام الشكعة.. العظماء لا يموتون - بقلم: جواد بولس

19 تشرين أول 2019   الحرب المفتوحة ضد "الأونروا"..! - بقلم: معتصم حماده

19 تشرين أول 2019   لبنان على مفترق طرق..! - بقلم: عمر حلمي الغول

19 تشرين أول 2019   اتحاد الكتّاب ومهزلة الديمقراطية الكاذبة..! - بقلم: فراس حج محمد


18 تشرين أول 2019   فعل خيانة وعــار..! - بقلم: د. ألون بن مئيــر



3 أيلول 2019   "بردلة".. انتزاع الحق بسواعد مكبلة..! - بقلم: اتحاد الجان العمل الزراعي





3 تموز 2019   تحذيرات تلوث بحر غزة لم تنفر مصطافيه..! - بقلم: وسام زغبر





27 اّذار 2011   عداد الدفع المسبق خال من المشاعر الإنسانية..!! - بقلم: محمد أبو علان

13 شباط 2011   سقط مبارك فعادت لنا الحياة - بقلم: خالد الشرقاوي

4 شباط 2011   لا مستحيل..!! - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي


19 تشرين أول 2019   اتحاد الكتّاب ومهزلة الديمقراطية الكاذبة..! - بقلم: فراس حج محمد

13 تشرين أول 2019   عمان: لعله فصل من سيرتنا..! - بقلم: تحسين يقين

9 تشرين أول 2019   الحالمُ والنبيّ والمجنون..! - بقلم: بكر أبوبكر

7 تشرين أول 2019   الشاعر والروائي والصراع على ما تبقى..! - بقلم: فراس حج محمد

7 تشرين أول 2019   فيلم "وباء عام 47".. كأنّه عن فلسطين..! - بقلم: د. المتوكل طه


8 كانون ثاني 2011   "صحافة المواطن" نافذة للأشخاص ذوي الاعاقة - بقلم: صدقي موسى

10 تشرين ثاني 2010   رساله .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

3 تشرين ثاني 2010   شخبطة صحفية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي

27 تشرين أول 2010   المدلل .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

21 تشرين أول 2010   فضفضة مواطنية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي


4 اّذار 2012   الطقش


26 كانون ثاني 2012   امرأة في الجفتلك



 
 
 
top

English | الصفحة الرئيسية | كاريكاتير | صحف ومجلات | أخبار وتقارير | اّراء حرة | الإرشيف | صوتيات | صحفيون وكتاب | راسلنا

جميع الحقوق محفوظة © لشبكة  أمين الأعلامية 2019- 1996 
تصميم وتطوير شبكة أمين الأعلامية