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Middle East Digest - August 18, 2009

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August 18, 2009


The Middle East Digest provides text and audio from the Daily Press Briefing. For the full briefings, please visit daily press briefings.

From the Daily Press Briefing of August 18, 2009

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QUESTION: A number of U.S. citizens of Palestinian origin who are not dual nationals have complained to the consulate in Jerusalem and to the State Department that when trying to enter Israel, they’ve been receiving stamps that say, “PA areas only,” thereby not allowing them to enter into Israel proper, in violation of the Oslo Accords. At what level was this brought up with the Israelis, and do you object to this policy of discrimination against U.S. citizens?

MR. KELLY: Well, again – yeah, it’s hard for me to give you a comment on it because I’m not really aware of the specific details of this incident, so –

QUESTION: There was a travel advisory from the State Department saying that it was happening, but didn’t get into the details of what is being done about it.

MR. KELLY: Yeah. Yeah. Let me see if I can get you more information, because I just don’t know the details of it. I’m sorry.

QUESTION: Any update on the (inaudible) three Americans arrested in Iran?

MR. KELLY: No, I’m afraid I don’t have any update on that.


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