How Could El Al Detain a Reporter and Search Her Phone? 'Shin Bet Told Me Not to Talk About It'

We asked an El Al executive to explain an incident in which Guardian reporter Bethan McKernan was forced to miss her flight to the Netherlands due an invasive security check because her boyfriend's name is Mohammed

Nir Gontarz
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Hello to El Al’s deputy CEO and company headquarters chief, Shlomi Am-Shalom. Nir Gontarz here, a journalist with Haaretz. How are you?

Fine. I know the name.

I’m calling about Bethan McKernan, the Guardian’s correspondent in Jerusalem, who was delayed at Ben-Gurion Airport ahead of an El Al flight [on January 2], and had her phone poked into, and finally the flight to Holland left without her. Please tell me what happened, exactly.

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