Krista Johnson, a member of Southport Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis and a Global Ministries Intern/SABEEL activist, has been denied entry into Israel... again
Every time I re-enter Israel/Palestine I am nervous about re-entry and hope for a new three month visa. I have had problems twice before- a one week visa once and a denial of entry this past summer on the way back from a World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting in ‘Amman.
"Last Saturday morning I flew into Ben Gurion airport after attending a Sabeel conference in Boston and visiting my family in Indianapolis. As I walked up to the passport control counter the woman in the booth sneered at me and asked “what are you doing back here?” after seeing that I had been in Israel recently. She asked why I didn’t have a different visa- why was I trying to sneak past them? She did an additional computer check and exclaimed, “you sneaky girl! You were denied entry in Jordan- you sneaky little girl!” I felt my stomach drop like I was on a rollercoaster, I knew what was coming, but I stayed calm as I was led from one interrogation to another, as my passport was taken from me, and as I was informed that I would not be allowed to enter the country. I explained that I was here representing my church in the US on business, but they told me that I would need a visa from the Ministry of the Interior."
What this great "Christian" does not tell our readers is that she was deported earlier by Israel when trying to enter via the Allenby Bridge from Amman, Jordan, UNDER A FALSE IDENTITY, a common practice among the ISM. Ms. Johnson hates Israel. A student in the "Peace Studies" program at Chapman College in Southern California, she was recurited by her idiot professor to be a subversive for terrorist groups in the interests of "peace," and to try and aid Palestinian terrorists with false propaganda against Israelis for discrimination against Christians when it is the Muslim population that persecutes Christians in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). Since she endeavored to enter under a false identity earlier she most likely committed passport fraud, a crime in the US punishable by jail time and a fine. Were sending that info to the Diplomatic Security Service.
SABEEL, of course, is outraged. From SABEEL:
“In our understanding of U.S. State Department policy, Krista as an American should be privileged to a “reciprocity” policy — the U.S . grants certain visas dependent on what the other country does. The current U.S. policy towards Israelis seeking religious visas — yeshiva students, rabbis, synagogue volunteers, is that they get an unquestioned multiple entry five-year visa. Obviously, Krista did not receive this reciprocity.”
Reciprocity? As is with most things concerning SABEEL, their statement is a half truth. For religious workers in Israel seeking a visa to the U.S., they must work in a professional capacity in a religious vocation. According to the U.S. Embassy in Israel, this specifically means:
A job qualifying as a “religious vocation” includes ministers of religion who are authorized by a recognized denomination to conduct religious worship and perform other duties usually performed by members of the clergy.
Krista Johnson is not clergy, she is an activist and doesn't (and shouldn't) qualify for reciprocity. Sabeel is a part of the ISM tasked with the job of trying to promote the idea that the Jews of Israel rather than the Muslims are persecuting the Christians in Judea and Samaria. Stop the ISM has reported her in the past and we are proud to see it finally paid off.
We hope we will catch more Krista Johnsons in the future and that the State Department will finally wake up and prosecute these individuals.