Israeli Authorities Deny Entry to Member of CPT Hebron Team

Israeli immigration authorities denied entry to Pat Thompson, a full-time member of CPT, at the Allenby Bridge connecting Jordan to Occupied Palestine on the night of December 5. Thompson was attempting to return for another stint on the team in Hebron. He initially told authorities that he was entering as a tourist, to visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and then points south, before re-entering Jordan. An official was concerned about his previous stay of four months in Israel.

After detailed questioning over a period of three hours and a search of his computer hard drive, authorities found a logo of CPT and told him he would be denied entry because he had lied to them. Thompson stated that he specifically did not mention the volunteer work with CPT or his destination as the West Bank because of the way many others have been treated when volunteering this information willingly. Authorities denied entry to Jonathan Brenneman, another CPTer, in September, when he declared his membership in CPT and his plans to travel to Hebron. Thompson then waited another hour or so before they officially denied entry. When he boarded a bus to go back across the border into Jordan it was 1:30 a.m., a full six hours after his arrival at Israeli passport control.

This is the fourth CPTer to whom Israel has denied entry this year. In addition to Brenneman in September, authorities turned away two reservists in July because of Iraqi stamps in their passports.

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About Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine

CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, non-violent grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation.
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