Rightist Knesset member denied US visa (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Tzvika Brot Published: 02.25.12, 17:24)
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Michael Ben Ari shunned over association with Kach, designated by US
as terror group
The US government has refused to grant MK Michael Ben Ari (National
Union) a visa to enter because of his association with Kach, a far
right organization designated by the US as a terrorist organization.
The issue prompted Knesset Speaker, Reuven Rivlin to send an angry
letter to US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, demanding the issue
be reconsidered, Yedioth Ahronth reported Friday.
Ben Ari is a member of the National Union party, which is a
legitimate faction of the Israeli parliament, Rivlin wrote. The
rightist MK is an elected representative of the people of Israel, a
close friend of the US, and regarding him as a member of a terrorist
group and banning him from the US is outrageous, the Knesset speaker
Addressing the issue, Ben Ari noted "the US government openly
welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called for the
destruction of Israel."
"The American government chose to forbid me from meeting with
memebers of the Jewish community in the US, on the grounds of me
being a terrorist," he said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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