Being denied entry for no other reason than state your intentions honestly - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 15.04.12 | 14:23 (IDT)

    In 2002 I was invited by the Palestine Red Crescent Society to teach Palestinian nursing staff emergency medicine in al-Bireh (near Ramallah, occupied territories). On arrival in Ben Gurion airport I stated my intentions truthfully and honestly. The security agency went through my suitcases and found only medical textbooks, including a book on international humanitarian law. I was told that I was denied entry for "security" reasons. Would I have told them a lie or a story, then I would not have had any problem to enter. Ironically this happened when I came back in 2005 and later. There is no problem if you lead the security people around by the nose. Apparently I wasn't much of a "security threat". This just shows that Israeli government paranoia makes no sense. The siege mentality makes Israel look like it is rather insecure and not like a mature state exhibiting confidence.

    from the article: Israel blocks entry to first pro-Palestinian 'fly-in' activists; hundreds more expected
    First published 09:33 15.04.12 | Last updated 09:33 15.04.12
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