The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and State, challenging their decision to grant visa waivers to Israeli citizens.
The organization submitted the lawsuit along with credible reports and investigations, asserting that Israel has failed to meet all legal requirements for inclusion in the visa waiver program.
They argue that Israel’s actions amount to discrimination against Palestinian and Arab-American citizens when they visit Palestine.
The lawsuit highlights the failure of the Departments of Homeland Security and State to uphold the law when it comes to the principles of the visa waiver program.
This is primarily because they allow Israel to discriminate against U.S. citizens entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israel’s approval of discriminatory rules and procedures against U.S. citizens traveling to Israel violates the principle of reciprocity and constitutional guarantees of equality.
The lawsuit contends that signing such an agreement allows the Israeli government to create different categories of American citizens and treat them in a manner inconsistent with how the United States treats Israeli citizens.
Furthermore, based on credible reports and investigations, it is revealed that Israel is on the verge of being accepted into the visa waiver program despite its failure to meet the necessary legal requirements for entry.