I traveled with an Arab-American in Israel this past August and my experience has led me to believe that the procedures at Ben Gurion airport are creating more security threats for the state of Israel than they can ever hope to prevent. Our bags were stamped with a ?6,? our luggage was torn apart for all to see, an armed escort was issued to ?guide? us, and we were questioned for hours about our every moment. I was even strip searched and my Arab companion?s computer was confiscated as a security threat. Although during our countless searches my emotions ranged from embarrassment to anger to fear, only one emotion remained?disgust. I thought about Arabs who experience similar, if not worse, treatment daily and wondered how many more experiences in Ben Gurion it would take for my disgust to evolve into anger and hate. I implore Israel to rethink the profiling strategy and remember that the threats of the future will come in all shapes and sizes.
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