The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
...I have, after visiting relatives and friends in Israel, went through this side room routine several times - though not including the stick (then again, it wouldn't surprise me if they tried). However, from my and other (European, Arab, and even Asian) friends of mine's experiences, this uncomfortable, way-too-thorough side room check seems to be more likely to happen to lone travellers, no matter what ethnic or social background they might have. But still: It is a ridiculous routine, as there are far more effective and less intruding methods for checking passengers for explosives, weapons, drugs, or illegal substances. And if the thoroughness is to increase any more now, I'd say it is potentially damaging to tourism. IMO even the nicest vacation can be damaged if it ends with being treated like shit at the airport.