Israel is well aware of this situation, and offers the special
possibility of stamping not the passport but a separate page on entry
and exit, for any visitor that requests it (Westerners who work/travel
to countries like Iran will not want an Israeli stamp on their
As to visiting Israel being socially unacceptable in some societies,
or a good reason for being harassed by one's own government, this is a
very regrettable fact of Middle East politics, but totally not within
the organizing team's sphere of influence. The only thing we can do
about it is hand out "Don't photograph me" labels or anonymous name
tags to participants who want them, much like happened in WM2007 in
Taipei (for some visitors from the PR of China).
Wikimania 2011 team
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:26:09 +0300
From: moushirah at gmail.com
To: foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Partecipation in Wikimania 2011
Abbas: Let us not generalize; it is a complex and complicated matter
about the will/ability to visit Israel if you happen to be a resident
of an Arab or Muslim nation.
I believe the "difficulty" of getting a visa varies from one country
to another, but even with the help of the bidding team, an issue will
remain unresolved, that is: Some countries do not allow persons with
an Israeli stamp on their passports, to enter their borders. The list
includes: Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Turkey ..and other
destinations. I am not sure if there are exceptions for this rule in
those countries. It is a complicated situation on political and
Maybe it remains a personal choice of the participant whether to make
it Haifa or not.
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.