Arab communities worry over lack of personal safety and trust that police will take action.01:20 02.05.16 | 1 comments
I've been in and out of Ben-Gurion several times and because I was volunteering with a joint Israeli-Palestinian Peace organization in the West Bank I really went through major hassles at the airport. But, I can certainly say that I never had my laptop "blown-up", luckily. The Israeli officers at the airport usually spend about two hours searching me, asking me questions, going through my luggage, computer files, etc. Really, you just have to be smart about these things because the Israelis are really uber-paranoid and militaristic. Definitely don't travel with your laptop, it's better to mail any items to your next destination or back home that you don't want them to spy on or read (including any Palestinian cultural trinkets, pictures, etc.). And really I found the best thing to do is fly in and out of Jordan if you're visiting the West Bank, or through Egypt if you're trying to find a way into Gaza, and then fly separately into Israel from Cairo or Amman.