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    • Greg
    • 16.12.09 | 01:07 (IST)

    towards people with Syrian stamps in their passports try flying into Miami from Columbia or Peru, and those are both friendly countries as far as the US INS is concerned. I waited 3 hours in a small room while they broke all my souveniers in pieces looking for contraband. I was personally searched and questioned about where I had been and what I had done all because the guards couldn't imagine someone wanting to spend a month in a 3rd world country. And that was long before the 911 paranoia changed the travel world. Now there are real justifications for such treatment as the Lily got, and in Israel it seems as though this has always been the case. As a previous reader said, take assurance from the fact that these measures protect both Israelis and tourists.

    from the article: Police shoot U.S. student's laptop upon entry to Israel
    First published 18:30 15.12.09 | Last updated 17:37 16.12.09
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