Mathias Birsens

Student, freelance journalist and photographer, Hamburg

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Interrogated, detained and deported - when studying became a security threat

Israel uses its power over the Palestinian borders to block unwanted visitors (Photo: A. Karlsson)

Israel controls the borders of Palestine since the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank following the Six-Day War in 1967. As a consequence it is not possible to enter Palestine without passing the rigorous Israeli border controls. Subsequently, it's up to Israeli border control officers whether people are allowed to enter Palestine in order to spend a semester abroad, do an internship, travel or visit friends. Israel is well aware of this power and uses it to obstruct or even prevent the travels of unwanted visitors....