Peter Beinart, a leading Jewish-American journalist, was detained for questioning at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday while entering Israel. Beinart's interrogation is the latest in a series of incidents at Israel's border entry and exit points that involved political questioning of Jewish Americans.
In May, the Shin Bet held Israeli peace activist Tanya Rubinstein at the airport in Tel Aviv. She is general coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace. Left-wing activist Yehudit Ilani was detained two weeks later on her way back from Europe after visiting a flotilla headed to Gaza in her capacity as a journalist.
In July, Meyer Koplow, a Jewish American philanthropist who donated millions to Israeli hospitals and schools, was interrogated at the airport. A week later, Israeli Author Moriel Rothman-Zecher was questioned over involvement in leftist groups.
Last week, two left-wing Jewish American activists, Simone Zimmerman and Abigail Kirschbaum were detained for three hours at the border crossing between Israel and Egypt.
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