Abir Kopty مدوّنة عبير قبطي

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An insult to Arab Spring: Palestinian bloggers denied visa

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12 Palestinian bloggers where invited to attend the 3rd Arab bloggers meeting in Tunisia. They will NOT make it, after denied entry visa by the Tunisian embassy. This is an insult to the Arab Spring.

This event, which started today October 3rd and continues until October 6th, gathers tens of bloggers from around the Arab world.

I wonder: do not Palestinians also have the experience to share and the right to learn? Are Palestinians part of the Arab world or not? Do not they have enough of Israeli siege and movement restrictions so they will have further restrictions imposed by Arab regimes?

The Palestinian bloggers, some of them are from the occupied territories since 1967 and some are from Israel (known as 48 Palestinians) were all denied visa to Tunisia. The reason that has been given by Tunisian Ministry of Interior for the denial of visa to Palestinian bloggers is that Organization ‘Nawaat’ who invited them and conference itself are not licensed. So we wonder how come all the other Arab participants received visa to unlicensed event?

Wajd Bouabdellah , Tunisian blogger and great friend from twitter, declared boycotting the event, as an act of protest and solidarity. And here is her post explaining her decision

For me, Arab spring is not only about changing the regime; it’s also about changing the practices of the regimes, who worked hard to separate us, because Arab solidarity and unity are a threat to their stability. It is also about having the power to fight any injustice.

This is a call for Arab participants in the conference to make a clear stand against the exclusion of the Palestinian participants, and show solidarity with them. Let us refuse to be silent.

On October 4th the organizers of the Arab bloggers meeting issued an official statement 

And here is online petition, circulated today October 5th.

Author: abirkopty

Palestinian social, feminist and political activist.

12 thoughts on “An insult to Arab Spring: Palestinian bloggers denied visa

  1. تحية للمدونين الفلسطينيين من المدونين العراقيين
    يا فرحتي بملتقى المدونين العرب في تونس الخضراء بربيع الحُرية الحمراء.. “ما نجمش نعبر” و “كيف روضتنا المعرفة على اعتياد الجريمة”

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  2. تحية للمدونين الفلسطينيين من المدونين العراقيين
    يا فرحتي بملتقى المدونين العرب في تونس الخضراء بربيع الحُرية الحمراء.. “ما نجمش نعبر” و “كيف روضتنا المعرفة على اعتياد الجريمة”
    http://iraqiblogs.blogspot.com/2011/10/blog-post_03.html

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  3. What is needed in the Arab world is for the Arab spring to march on and uproot the whole old corrupt Arab system of business as usual. The whole misguided and bought systems must go. Palestinians have been struggling for decades and will continue. For Tunisian authority to deny permission of entry for those brave Palestinians is a shameful and despicable act and must be confronted at all levels, Where is the PA when you need them!!!!!!

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  4. We (Arab and non-Arab participants alike) are absolutely issuing a statement. Working on it now.

    -Jillian

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  6. this is my post http://wp.me/psxDM-eT about Tunisian embassy didn’t grant the 12 Palestinian participant a visa to attend the 3rd Arab bloggers meeting

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  11. Why didn’t Tunisia allow Palestinians to join the conference? It’s very important for me to understand the reason for that. Thanks.

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  12. People are not dependent on these new forms of communication rather it takes some political will, effort and organization, changing leaders alone will change little, democracy is equally open to corruption and oppression. Support the oppressed in Syria, N. Africa, Middle East & Globally. Watch MEN OF CONVENTION on youtube BEFORE IT’S BANNED in Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt & France! This is a director’s cut of ‘Men of Convention’ dedicated to the global uprisings against oppression 2011 – 2012 and beyond. It has been launched on Youtube for the first time on the significant date of 11/11/11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB4anCnxobo see the Zayd Depaor film blog http://zayd-depaor-films.blogspot.com/2011/11/men-of-convention-2012-cut-launched-on.html Please tell your friends.

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