Tue 05 Dec 2023 8:15 pm - Jerusalem Time
Blinken announces restrictions on settlers’ entry visas to the United States
On Tuesday, the office of US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, issued a statement in which the minister announced the policy of “restricting visas to promote peace, security, and stability in the occupied West Bank.”
Blinken said in his statement: “The United States has consistently opposed actions that undermine stability in the West Bank, including attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, and Palestinian attacks against Israelis. We stressed to the Israeli government the need to make more efforts to hold extremist settlers who committed attacks of violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.
Blinken added, "As President Biden has repeatedly said, these attacks are unacceptable. I made clear last week in Israel that the United States is prepared to take action using our authorities."
Accordingly, according to the statement, a copy of which was received by Al-Quds: “Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is implementing a new visa restriction policy targeting individuals who are believed to be involved in undermining peace, security, or stability in the West Bank, including by committing acts of violence or taking other restrictive measures.” "Unjustified civilian access to essential services. Basic services and necessities. Immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions."
The statement adds: “We will continue to seek accountability for all acts of violence against civilians in the West Bank, regardless of the perpetrator or the victim. We also continue to work with the Israeli leadership to make clear that Israel must take additional measures to protect Palestinian civilians from extremist attacks. We will also continue to communicate "With the Palestinian Authority to make clear that it must make more efforts to reduce Palestinian attacks against Israelis."
The statement ends by saying: “Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority bear the responsibility for maintaining stability in the West Bank. Instability in the West Bank harms the Israeli and Palestinian peoples and threatens Israeli national security interests. Those responsible for this must be held accountable.”
It is noteworthy that the Foreign Ministry spokesman responded to a question from the Al-Quds correspondent last week, regarding the mechanism by which the administration will deal with settlers who commit crimes against Palestinian citizens in the occupied territories who hold American citizenship, and whether there is room to prosecute them in American courts. He responded by saying that this is a matter of US Department of Justice.