Israel Denies Former IFJ Chief Entry to Palestine

Aidan WhiteRAMALLAH, October 23, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Thursday denied the director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) and the former General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists Aidan White, entry to the Palestinian Territories through Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, according to a local source.

Ghassan Abdullah, head of the Educational Studies Institute, a local Palestinian educational center, said he received a phone call from White saying he was stopped at the airport and denied entry to Palestine due to the recent motion passed by the United Kingdom’s House of Representatives, in which it called on the government to recognize an independent state of Palestine.

White was due to give a number of lectures to media undergraduates in a set of Palestinian universities.

On October 13, an overwhelming majority of British members of Parliament favored a motion that calls for the recognition of Palestine as an official state in a contribution for peace, a move that was faced with wide criticism in Israel as that could lead to more international isolation for Israel.

Aidan White was born in Ireland and educated in the United Kingdom where he learned his trade as a journalist. He joined the International Federation of Journalists as General Secretary from The Guardian in 1987. Today he campaigns for the rights of journalists and has written extensively on the social and professional conditions of journalism. His most recent publications include Journalism, Civil Liberties and the War on Terror and Making a World of Difference: Global Unions at Work.

He has promoted industry co-operation on safety and security issues and is a founder of the International News Safety institute. Under his leadership the IFJ has grown into the largest organisation of journalists in the world with a range of projects and solidarity programmes that cover the globe. The IFJ represents more that 500,000 journalists in 117 countries. Source: IFJ Website

1 comment to Israel Denies Former IFJ Chief Entry to Palestine

  • Rabbitnexus

    Stupid Zionists. Every time they try to hold back the tide, they just hasten it’s rise. Having nothing in reality by way of moral arguments they can only combat each new dismaying development by flinging the few remaining bricks of their phoney abode. The end is nigh you lousy Zioscum. Your end is nigh.

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