I am thrilled to see that sending email to a US government agency can get our government to bow down to popular pressure to stop their evil ways… at least temporarily.
Mohammed Omer is a young and gifted reporter from Gaza who is known as one who gives a “voice to the voiceless,” documenting life in Gaza in work critical of anyone who does wrong, including Israel and Hamas. He won the prestigious Martha Gelhorn award for reporting a while back and was beaten severely as he returned to Gaza, by Israeli security forces, who tried to steal his award money! He is now scheduled to come to the USA on a speaking tour and was denied a visa from the US Consulate in Amsterdam, seemingly changing the speaking tour into a skype tour.
I and a host of others wrote the Consulate, imploring them to issue a visa to this good man. I received this reply on 3/26:
The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam informed Mr. Al Moghayer on Thursday, March 25, 2010, that his visa was ready for issuance.
I wrote back asking who the heck they were talking about and was just informed today that he apparently has a writing name and that his real name is Al Moghayer.
Doubtless AIPAC and other Israeli lobbyists were behind the denial in the first place. I am glad to have been part of a different kind of lobby in the pressure laid on our government to actually serve it’s people and not the secret combinations that currently exist… at least for a moment in time.