There are two sides to every story, especially when the stories are about Israel

Israel Matzav found a post in which two Arab-American women explain how horribly Israel treated them, when it questioned them at Ben Gurion and then deported them from Israel.  Interestingly, although the young women complain mightily about their treatment at Israel’s hands, they never do state explicitly that they harbor no ill-will towards that nation.  Perhaps this omission was deliberate, as Carl discovered when he investigated them a bit more closely.

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  • Gringo

    I agree with what the Israeli officials did. What is the point of admitting people who will do all they can to embarrass Israel- which judging from those American tourists’ work and organizational affiliations, was what they were going to try to do.
     
    There is also what I would call a Lori Berenson effect going on here. Many US citizens assume that they can do anything of a political nature outside the US, and will come to no harm because of the power of the US passport. Lori Berenson affiliated herself with a far left group in Peru, and to her chagrin found out she was given a 20 year sentence for aiding and abetting a terrorist group. Peru, having suffered through the depredations of Sendero Luminoso, saw no need to mollycoddle those who helped similar groups. The two young adults who wanted to enter Israel made the assumption that their US passport would enable them to enter Israel and create trouble for Israel. They found out differently. No harm, no foul.

  • Mike Devx

    These two women belong to one of the most virulently anti-Israel organizations on any campus in the USA, and they want free and easy entry into Israel?

    AT Ben Gurion I understand they take their time with these things.  These women clearly are setting off all kinds of alarm bells.  I’d have asked them hours of questions about their UVa activities against Israel.  Well, maybe not HOURS, but you get the idea.

    Buh bye, ladies.  Go foment your venomously anti-Israel opinions and activities elsewhere.  Not in Israel.

    I’m thinking of taking a tourist trip to Israel in January 2013.  I bet I don’t have hardly any difficulty getting through the checkpoint, at all.

     

  • SADIE

    I love the way the Israeli version of TSA works. Every foreign visitor is screened in an intense manner – call it the ultimate in Neighborhood Watch.

    And in other news..

    Just two days after hosting a Jewish American Heritage Reception at the White House, President Obama used executive authority to suspend once again a 1995 bill requiring the government to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
    “I hereby determine that it is necessary, in order to protect the national security interests of the United States, to suspend for a period of 6 months the limitations set forth in sections 3(b) and 7(b) of the Act,” Obama said in a short memorandum to the secretary of State today.
    Under the act, which was overwhelmingly approved in House and Senate, the Embassy was supposed to be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 31, 1999.
    Each of Obama’s suspensions, in six-month intervals, have included the same language.
    And each misses a sentence that was in President George W. Bush’s suspensions of limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act.
    “My Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem,” Bush wrote in his presidential determinations on the matter.  

    p.s. Bush won no brownie points from me on the embassy issue.      

  • lee

    I read the comments on the Matzav site, and  a “Carla Not Bruni” lamented the fact that tourist visas are granted (or not) upon arrival. Well, from my experience as a very Irish looking female with an Irish name, you should get the sense that you will be facing issues at passport control upon your arrival when you are gping through security just to get on the plane. I traveled several times when I was in my twenties to Israel. It’s not that I was suspected of being evil, but more that I was suspected of being stupid. Or naive. Around the time of my first visit, a young idiotic, naive Irish girl was duped by her Palestinian boyfriend, who packed her suitcase full of explosives. It was caught, so no one was killed, thank G-d.    

    My experience had me spending a loooooooooot of time with Israeli security–whether I traveled on British Air, El Al, or Continental. And I knew once I got to Israel, there was a good chance that passport control was going to be spending some quality time with me. It never bothered me–I am Jewish, and a big supporter of Israel. And I always understood that this was for my safety, and for the safety of those traveling to Israel, and for the safety of Israelies.    

    Anyhow, based on my experience, I would say that these two young women KNEW from their security experience before boarding their flight to Israel that there were going to be issues at passport control. And dollars to donuts, security probably warned them that they might be denied entry. And I would also wager that their names had been googled by security first, and tht their emails had probably been checked there as well. This was a publicity stunt, and the publicity wohld be bigger to go ahead and fly to Israel and be denied entry. (Security can’t really deny entry since they are not authorized to do so. But you do know what to expect at passport control once you get there. And I am sure that security relays what it has learned onto passport cpntrol.)