My family and I are currently in the West Bank visiting our extended family before I go back to college.
I am an American citizen but I have a Palestinian ID this means I have to apply for a permit from Israel to leave the West Bank from Tel Aviv. My American passport means nothing to the Israeli government.
I intended to leave the West Bank on the 18th to be able to make it in time for school to start. However, this morning I just found out that my permit and the permits of the rest of my family were denied for no real reason. My only other option is to cross the border between the West Bank and Jordan and catch a plane from Amman. Eid Al-Adha is coming up which means the border crossing will soon be closed.
The worst part is in order to be able to apply for a permit I had to buy a ticket from Tel Aviv to NYC to prove to Israel that I need a permit. So I was forced to buy a ticket that I can’t use. I was denied a permit to leave for no reason. All of you know me. Of course, I have no criminal record or any reason why I should be considered a security risk besides my ethnicity. And yet I was still denied a permit to travel through Israel.
I won’t be able to leave unless we can drop +$2000 on emergency tickets from Amman to the East Coast, effectively trapping me in the West Bank.
I have a lot of money saved up, but I need a bit more to be able to afford emergency tickets for my family and myself.
Literally any amount of money helps.
Consider it a late birthday gift?
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