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    • Morris Valentine
    • 02.11.07 | 01:54 (IST)

    Hello, Cipora, I think we're playing at words now. Whether an MK visits "hostile" or "enemy" states, it really doesn't change the essential need for legislators to have freedom to travel abroad. And in other democracies, they do so, both singly and in delegations, with and without the blessings of their executive. The Basic Law of 1992 on Human Dignity and Liberty, passed by the 12th Knesset, clearly states, in section 6:: "(a) All persons are free to leave Israel." "(b) Every Israel national has the right of entry into Israel from abroad". I assume MKs are covered. Now, you may hide behind the argument that this question is an internal Israeli matter. But you surely must realise the world, including democracies which are Israel's allies, are closely watching this unfold. Every step Israel takes away from freedom and democratic behaviour weakens those bonds of friendship. It seems a great price to pay for fear of letting an MK visit another nation. Kind regards.

    from the article: Arab MKs: Bid to bar trips to enemy states is 'racist'
    First published 00:00 31.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.10.07
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