Thanks Harel for your email..
On 8/11/10, Harel Cain <harel.cain(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Israel is well aware of this situation, and offers the
possibility of stamping not the passport but a separate page on entry
and exit, for any visitor that requests it
A confirmation for the possibility of
getting the stamp on a separate
paper will be helpful for people who might have fear of losing their
jobs in UAE or other gulf countries or of being banned from religious
rituals in Saudi Arabia.
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.
As I put it before it is a complex and complicated situation which I
believe is better discussed without any judgments on politics,
governments or social reactions.
For participants who might have any conservations on going to Israel,
attending Wikimania will have its own cons and pros which will remain
up to the personal evaluation of the attendant, after all.
Good luck with all..
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.
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