vibrator alert - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 16.06.10 | 17:39 (IDT)

    I am an American who recently returned to the U.S. after spending three months teaching English in Nablus. I was nervous flying out of Ben-Gurion airport since many of my friends who work for NGOs in Ramallah had had horrific experiences getting through airport security. One of them was strip searched three times, though she works for an international organization that works with children, and another was subjected to a "cavity search." So though I thought that I might have a hard time at the airport, I was not prepared to be so utterly humiliated. The icing on the cake was when they were unpacking all my bags and the thing that they were most concerned with (not the digital voice recorders, arabic books, or computer) was my 2.5 inch "mini pocket rocket." In case you don't know, a pocket rocket is a very small vibrator. It is battery operated. It is called a pocket rocket because it is so small it fits in your pocket. This tiny device apparently warranted calling over the head of Israeli airport security (I'm not joking) who proceeded to question me about this vibrator (have you given this vibrator to anyone else? has anyone else used this vibrator?) and to then wrap my tiny vibrator in bubble wrap and stick it in its own security box (which is more than 100 times the size of the vibrator). This box and my vibrator traveled with the rest of my luggage home to New York. Apparently my vibrator is only a security risk when it's traveling in my bag with the rest of my belongings. Anyway, then I burst into tears, and they took me over for the private body check. No strip search, thank god. But I felt completely humiliated, which I guess was their intent. They don't want foreigners - humanitarian aid workers, journalists, english teachers, anyone - to travel to the West Bank or Gaza, and they make that very clear.

    from the article: In a side room at the airport
    First published 03:29 16.06.10 | Last updated 03:29 16.06.10
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