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    • Marshall Onellion
    • 08.01.10 | 12:23 (IST)

    Dear Mr. Pfeffer: My wife is Hispanic, I am "Anglo," neither of us is Jewish, and we are both American citizens. We have had very quick and pleasant security questioning at the Tel Aviv airport, or at the European airport from which we fly to Tel Aviv. Why? Because we are in our late 50s, and could have "American" tattooed on our foreheads. To be realistic, any security system is about playing the odds. I have seen people with American passports, but more melanin content in their skins than my wife, have equally quick and pleasant security experiences. To me, it makes sense to concentrate concerns on those most likely to be a threat. When blue-eyed, white American devils start trying to blow up airplanes, I would expect to be examined much more carefully. This is not in any way a "racist" attitude: it reflects what we know of the threat. To equate realistic security to racism is, how do I say this politely, childish. Marshall Onellion

    from the article: In Israel, racial profiling doesn't warrant debate, or apologies
    First published 02:08 08.01.10 | Last updated 12:35 08.01.10
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