Israel secretly bans citizens of Ebola-stricken West Africa from visiting country

Friday, November 7, 2014
By Paul Martin

In extremely irregular move, Foreign Ministry sends classified telegram instructing Israeli missions not to issue visas for citizens of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea; missions warned to keep instructions secret.

By Barak Ravid
Nov. 7, 2014

The Foreign Ministry relayed classified instructions on Thursday to all Israel’s missions worldwide not to issue entry visas to citizens of three Ebola-stricken African countries.

A source in the Foreign Ministry said that the classified telegram was sent by the head of the consular department, Igal Sarfaty, who instructed the missions not to issue visas to citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The instructions also said to avoid giving visas to foreign nationals who recently visited these three countries, where thousands infected by the Ebola virus have died. Serfaty wrote in the telegram that the instructions ought to be kept secret and not publicized.

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