Friday, November 2, 2012

Take Action: Palestinian Activist Not Allowed To Travel Through Jordan

Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian activist from Bil'in, was on his way to the United States to give presentations in more than 15 states describing his work for peace and justice. 

On Thursday November 1, Iyad was allowed by the Israelis to cross the border on his way to Amman, Jordan for his flight to the United States, but he was detained by the Jordanian border officials, who refused him entry into Jordan.  He is currently back in Bil’in awaiting the resolution of this matter so that he can continue on his journey.

Help Iyad get to the United States by contacting the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


3504 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008



Telephone: (202) 966-2664

Fax: (202) 966–3110

Email: hkjembassydc@jordanembassyus.org

You can say:

"I am writing/calling to request that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan please allow Mr. Iyad Burnat of Bil’in, Palestine to travel to Amman for his flight to the United States.  Mr. Iyad is scheduled for a series of speaking engagements in the US from November 2012 to February 2013.  The invitation to the U.S. was extended by Jewish Voice for Peace and Interfaith Peace Builders. Mr. Iyad is coming to the United States to give presentations describing his work for peace and justice, work that he carries out in conjunction with Israeli and international peace activists who are dedicated to non-violence and human rights for all people. I am appealing to the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to please allow Mr. Iyad to cross the border so that he may fly from the airport in Amman."

If you can add that you are affiliated with an organization, that would be helpful. Emphasize that lots of Americans are waiting to hear these presentations and that he was released to travel by Israeli authorities.