A couple weeks ago, I decided it’s time for a vacation. I have a visa to the US but for someone who hates flying, the trip is unbearable. UK was the best option. It’s only 5 hours from Beirut and London was always on the list of cities I wanted to visit. It also helps that I have friends there who promised to show me around.
A week ago, I filled the visa application, gathered most of the requested documents and booked an appointment. The appointment was last Wednesday. Less than 48 hours later, I received an SMS informing me that my documents are ready to be collected.
I got the visa. A multiple entry visa.
Dear Arab countries, if the USA and the UK believe that a Palestinian’s disposable income is good enough for them, where do you get off denying us your precious visa? Aren't you ashamed of yourselves? Do you even feel ashamed? It hurts that western countries welcome Palestinians but you, Arab countries, won’t. Few years ago, I applied for a visa to visit my parents in Kuwait. I tried for a whole year to get it. I never did.
What a disgrace. The Arab League is nothing but a joke.