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I arrived at Ben Gurion Airport’s passport control shortly after midnight. At the passport control counter a white paper was put into my passport and I was told to go to a room on the right hand side of the hall, escorted by a security officer. I arrived in a room of mainly Russians. I waited my turn until my name was called. I was then met by a stern woman. She looked at my passport, typed things into her computer and then said “What were you doing three months ago?” I looked at her confused, “I don’t know.” She responded, “Okay, what were you doing in Ein Hijlah.” I had been questioned twice previously at Erez border crossing with Gaza about the same issue. So I said, “You have this information, I went there February 1 to drink tea with people.” She pulled up another document on her computer, “It says you were there with the Palestinian people and the Orthodox Church.” I said, “Yes.” None of this was new given my previous questions at Erez, so I then showed her my appointment receipt for the Ministry of Interior to extend my visa. She responded that my visa was fine, but there was a security concern.

Rachelle Friesen on the beach of Khan Younis.

Rachelle Friesen on the beach of Khan Younis.

After an hour and half I was transferred to another room. There I sat waiting. No Israeli personnel spoke to me. I just sat waiting. There were other people in the room waiting with me: a woman who was born in Iran but living in Brussels, a man from Denmark with his girlfriend, a gay couple from France, a man from Egypt, and again a few Russians. Every so often a group a Russians were brought in and then escorted out a few moments later. The people waiting with me were all slowly brought for interrogation. From 1:30 a.m. until around 5:00 a.m. I waited. Then my interrogation began.

I was met by a short and severe man. His eyes were piercing. Though he was looking straight at me, he didn’t see me. I don’t think he really saw anyone. His questions began as usual: “Where do you live? What do you do? Who do you work for?”

I responded, “Jerusalem; development worker; international aid organization.”

He asked, “But what do you do?”

I responded, “I mainly do office work. Helping my supervisors and writing reports.”

“How many times have you gone to Gaza?”

“I don’t know. I went in November, December, January, February, March, and May this year. In total 7-10 times.”

“If you are an office worker why do you go to Gaza.”

“To assist my supervisors.”

“What do you help them with?”

“Compile reports.”

“You tell me you do office work so why do you go to Gaza.”

“I told you I help write reports, I go to Gaza to help my supervisors compile information for reports.”

“Who do you meet there?”

“The Near East Council of Churches.”

“What do they do?”

“Vocational training like carpentry and welding.”

“Who is your contact?”

“Dr. Issa.”

“What is his family name?”

“I don’t remember.”

“You don’t remember?”

“Honestly I don’t remember.”

“Do you have his number?”

“No. My supervisors have it.”

“Give me your phone.”

He found three “Issas” in my phone but none of them were Dr. Issa.

“Who is this Issa?”

“He is a tour bus driver.”

“And this one?”

“Same guy but different number.”

“And this one?”

“An olivewood carpenter.”

He found someone in my phone named “Khaled Gaza.”

“Who is this?”

“He is a driver.”

He found another name but I did not know who it was, so I told him it was a work phone that gets passed down from staff to staff.

“I don’t’ think you are telling me what you do?”

“What do you mean?”

“You say you compile reports and go into the field.”

“Yes.”

“Give me a full description of what you do.”

“I compile reports, I assist my supervisors, and when people from the Mennonite Church come I show them around. Listen I feel like I have done something wrong but I don’t understand what.”

“I am here to decide whether you are a good person or a bad person.”

“Is this your only phone?”

“Yes.”

“You said it was a work phone, you don’t have a personal phone?”

“No.”

“So if I search through your bag, you are saying I won’t find another phone?”

“No. it’s the only phone I have.”

“Have you ever been in trouble with the police?”

“What do you mean?”

“You know what I mean.”

“I have been given a speeding ticket while I was here.”

“You know that’s not what I mean, have you ever been arrested.”

“No.”

“No?”

“Never here or in Canada!”

“If I call my friends at Erez will they tell me a different story?”

“No. I have never been arrested.”

“What do you plan to do when you go back to Jerusalem?”

“I plan to pack up my stuff and leave.”

I showed him my ticket home for August 1. He then took my colleagues’ phone numbers, my numbers, email address, etc. I then went back to the waiting room. It was about 5:45 a.m.

By 10:00 a.m. only the woman born in Iran, the Egyptian, and I remained in the waiting room. We were given sandwiches and water twice at that point.

By 11:00 a.m. it was only me and the Egyptian.

At around 12:00 p.m. they took me for interrogation again. It was a different man. He wanted to know where I lived, my supervisors’ names and numbers and any close personal contacts I have. I gave him my colleagues’ names but said that most of my friends were internationals. He said, “Okay.” Then he asked about my previous education.

I asked, “Do you have an update on my situation?”

“Yes.”

“Can you tell me what it is?”

“No.”

“But my embassy is asking me.”

“We know. They have called us.”

I returned to the waiting room. By 12:30 p.m. the Egyptian was given entry to Israel.

At 1:30 p.m. I was taken back to the original waiting room. I was told by an agent there, “I am from immigration, and the security here at Ben Gurion has given me the recommendation to not allow you into the country for security reasons and I am going to follow through on that recommendation.”

“But what have I done?”

“I don’t have that information.”

She then took my photo and my finger prints.

“But when can I return?”

“You are banned from the country for 10 years. If you want to overturn it you can appeal to an Israeli Embassy.”

At this point I lost it. I said, “I have followed all of your rules and you can’t even tell me why I am being deported!”

As I was escorted to a new security room, I said to my guard, “This is ridiculous! I followed all of your rules! At Ein Hijleh it was your soldiers that gave me permission to enter. When I go to Gaza, who gives me a permit? You give me the permit. Not only do you give me a permit in advance, when I enter I have to go through your checkpoints. If you don’t want me there, don’t give me the permit! I followed all of your rules for four years and you are deporting me. If this can happen to me, who can live in this country?”

They went through my stuff and gave me a pat-down. They then made me wait again. After an hour I was put in a vehicle and driven to a detention facility at the airport. All of my belongings were put in a separate room and I was only allowed to bring a book with me. They then allowed me one phone call and put me in a room with a bathroom and five bunk beds. There were bars on the windows looking out over the highway to the airport. There were usually five to seven people in the room with me. Most were Russian women. In the room down the hall was a Russian family. Another room held a young woman with her son who looked to be about 12 years old. In addition to the Russians in my room there was a woman from Sri Lanka and one from Korea.

The woman from Sri Lanka was 57 years old. She had spent the last eight years working in Israel providing support for Alzheimer’s patients. She had previously had a work permit but was waiting for her most recent employer to help her renew it. Two weeks ago, the Israeli police had arrested her and put her in prison. She sat in prison for two weeks awaiting deportation. In prison she assembled cardboard boxes alongside women from Russia and Africa. Many of the women had children with them. She said to me, “For eight years I took care of the Alzheimer’s patients. I took care of them and loved them. And now this is how they treat me, like I am a criminal. There is something wrong with this country. They are racist.”

I was given a warm meal when I arrived a few hours later a bologna sandwich. At approximately 8:00 p.m. I was given a medical examination by a doctor (mainly to check my blood pressure). Although a scary experience, I was told it was routine.

While in the detention facility I had the opportunity to converse with several guards. The first guard was a young woman. Upon entering the facility another male guard had made comment about how beautiful she was.

As we sat outside I said to her, “You know that is sexual harassment. This is your work space. He can’t treat you like that.”

She smiled nervously and brushed it off saying it was normal and fine. I told her, this is not normal and not fine and in Canada she could write a report against him. I then asked why I was not allowed to take a pen into my room.

She said, “It is the rules. I know it is ridiculous but these are the rules.”

I responded, “You know, that is what I experienced living here the past four years. Everyone told me they were following rules. No one was thinking and this scares me.”

She smiled as if she understood.

I continued, “You know, 50 years from now your grandchildren are going to read what happened here in Israel and they will be disgusted that everyone followed the rules without thinking. We need to think otherwise we will get stuck doing lots of evil.”

She smiled nervously, seemingly understanding what I was saying.

The next guard I met was a 22-year-old man from Ethiopia. I asked him if he liked his job. He said no. He hated his job. I asked if there were children ever held in the facility. He looked sad as he said yes. I asked if Israel treated him well. He said no, because he is from Ethiopia. We talked about Ethiopia and I mentioned I had gone to an Ethiopian church once while I was here. This made him smile.

The third guard was an Arab who thought it was “cute” that I knew Arabic. I said, “What are you doing working here?”

He said it was his job. I said, “But the occupation! Colonization! How can you do this to your people?!” He said that my politics were wrong and that Israel was a great state and any Arab in Israel would tell me this.

The fourth guard was a young man with tattoos and a shaved bald head. He asked where I was from.

“Canada, you?”

“Israel”

“Where in Israel?”

“Har Homa.”

“Ahhhh… You are from Bethlehem, not from Israel. Do you know you are from Bethlehem?”

“No, I am from Israel.”

“But your house is built on land from Bethlehem. Do you know what used to be there? It used to be a forested hilltop where people would go to relax. So what do you think when you see Bethlehem from your house.”

“I think about the promise given to me.”

“You mean Abraham?”

“Ya.”

“But where are you originally from?”

“My father is Syrian and my mother is Moroccan.”

“Does Israel treat you ok?”

“Israel has a big problem with racism. When I was a kid it was bad but it is getting better.”

“So you admit Israel is racist?”

“Ya. We have our problems. Like South Africa.”

“Are you saying Israel is an apartheid state?”

“No, no, no. we are not that bad.”

I then spent time explaining about the colonization of Canada and how I was settler and I had become educated about the situation and he should too. We got into several discussions about colonization, Israel, and Palestinians.

He said to me, “See we Israelis are not all bad. There are different fingers on the same hand. Look you and I are sitting here talking like we are in a bar.”

“Really, this is what you think? You have all the power and I have nothing.”

“Ya, but we are talking and I am treating you well.”

“And if I try and run over that fence?”

“Ya, I will probably shoot you.”

“See, because if you run over that fence I will just let you. You have all of the power. Don’t pretend this is equal!”

He continued, “You are so concerned about the Palestinians, but in Lebanon and Syria they are shooting Palestinians every day, we don’t do that.”

“What? Every day Israel is shooting at Palestinians! Just last week in Ramallah two youth were shot in the back and killed.”

“They were probably throwing stones.”

“So what? A stone versus an M-16? People have thrown stones at me in my life, and I don’t shoot them.”

“If you were in the army you would.”

“This is the problem with the army. They don’t teach you to think.”

“I love the army, it made me smart.”

“It brainwashed you! Do you read? Have you read Malcolm X?”

“Ya I read, do you read anything by Netanyahu?”

“I read last week that he said that Jesus spoke Hebrew but he actually spoke Aramaic.”

He looked embarrassed. The conversation did not progress. In fact, it got worse. He talked about how Jews need a nation state to feel safe. How they were at war with the Palestinians and how shooting rock-throwers was okay.

We talked about my deportation. I asked how I could be a security risk. He said,” Because you speak Arabic and sometimes speak English with an Arabic accent.”

“How does that make me a security risk?”

“Because you are coming to Israel and trying to change it and make it free from of racism.”

“What’s wrong with that? If you did the same thing in Canada it wouldn’t get you deported. This doesn’t make me a security risk!”

These are the guards that treated me with relative respect. However, most were rude, pushy, and tried to deny me my dignity. They ordered me around. At one point when one was yelling at me I stopped what I was doing, stood up straight and said, “Excuse me.” Then she backed down.

The room I was in was dirty and cold and it took several complaints to have them adjust the temperature. I know the only reason they complied was because I was a Canadian. In the end, when people from my room needed something, it was my job to get it. Because of my Western privilege we were given extra blankets, toilet paper and tea.

At around 7:00 a.m. on May 30, I was woken up to be taken to my flight. The car drove me directly on to the tarmac to meet my plane. My passport was held by the flight attendants and all my bags were checked. During my layover in Istanbul I was again escorted directly to the plane and denied my passport. Upon my arrival in Barcelona, two security officers from Frontex escorted me for a criminal check.

They asked, “You have a visa for Israel, why were you deported?”

I said, “Look at me! I am a security risk!”

They chuckled and apologized for having to do the check. I told an officer, “In Israel I followed all of their rules and they still decided to deport me. If I follow all of your rules in Spain will you also deport me?”

He laughed, “No no. You are polite and funny, we will keep you.”

After more than 40 hours I was finally reunited with my passport.

Unfortunately my story is not unique. Many have come before me and many after me will experience similar deportations as they pursue justice or merely identify with the Palestinian people. Moreover, my story does not compare to the struggle of Palestinians who are shot at, imprisoned, or denied basic human rights on a daily basis. Unfortunately their daily stories receive less attention. It is my hope that telling my experience will amplify the voices of the liberation struggle and that one day we will live in a world where working for peace does not get you deported as a security risk.

RachelleFriesen
About Rachelle Friesen

Rachelle Friesen worked with an international aid organization based in Jerusalem for four years before she was deported. She currently lives in Canada and is studying at York University in Toronto.

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  1. amigo
    amigo
    July 10, 2014, 10:35 am

    We have ways to make you stop helping Palestinians.

    We have ways to punish you for consorting with our enemies.

    This how Zionists make friends and influence people.Give them a welcome they will never forget.

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      July 10, 2014, 1:29 pm

      Do they have better facilities if you are from the “right” religious background?

  2. ohiojoes
    ohiojoes
    July 10, 2014, 11:11 am

    In one day she managed to condescending lecture to Arabs, Ethiopians, women, and Israelis. That might be a Canadian record! Rule of thumb–when you find yourself calling Arabs in Israel “collaborators with colonialism” it might be time to go back to Winnipeg.

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      July 10, 2014, 1:24 pm

      A “condescending lecture”, or “Truth to Power”?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 9:16 pm

        Yup, a small woman stood up for herself in Israeli detention. What a good chance to show everybody exactly how much Zionists value moral courage, and what a heizel your mind is!

        You know, I’m beginning to wonder if Zionists aren’t some of the the most anti-Semitic people around, these days. Even as a Reform Jew, I was made aware that certain kinds of actions reflect badly on us. I would have thought that Zionists would be especially sensitive about that kind of stuff, yet their intent seems to be the exact opposite, to portray Jews in the worst light possible. I wonder why they do that?

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        July 10, 2014, 10:15 pm

        ” I would have thought that Zionists would be especially sensitive about that kind of stuff,”

        Yeah but if you really are a dyed in the wool racist then you wouldn’t see it as being in anything other than a good light. Borderline racist may think oops or question how far they went. True racists would think it’s merely the truth and people need to accept it.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        July 11, 2014, 12:36 am

        Mooser,

        People from all walks of life, unfortunately, enjoy a power trip. It’s especially sad when it’s at others’ expense.

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      July 10, 2014, 1:55 pm

      @ohio
      lol.

      that was one of the most bigoted and patronizing lectures I can recall from an anti-Zionist Israel-bashing ‘human rights’ worker. Israel has more so-called HR orgs per square ft. then any other nation in the world and most of them operate freely-despite the fact that the majority are hostile to the government and take money from dubious EU and anti-Israeli sources.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 8:47 pm

        “that was one of the most bigoted and patronizing lectures…”

        Afn gonif brennt das hittel !!

      • Sycamores
        Sycamores
        July 10, 2014, 11:09 pm

        Israel has more so-called HR orgs per square ft. then any other nation in the world

        i’m not sure how this helps your pro-Israel stance if anything it should be ringing alarm bells for you.

        the majority are hostile to the government

        are these the same HR orgs that reports on Israel Human Rights violations?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 10, 2014, 8:58 pm

      “In one day she managed to condescending lecture to Arabs, Ethiopians, women, and Israelis. That might be a Canadian record!”

      Yup, she was brave and outspoken. In the same situation the first thing you would do is offer to inform on the other detainees.
      Your comment says a whole lot more about you than it does about her. You don’t even know what moral courage is. When you see it, the only emotion it arouses is in you is contempt.
      I’d rather die than be a Zionist. It’s one thing to have a failure of moral courage, we all do at one time or another. It’s quite another to fetishise moral cowardice.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      July 10, 2014, 11:47 pm

      I’m just curious as to what you would call them? They aren’t equal to Jewish Israelis. They don’t get the same rights, privileges or benefits as Jewish Israelis. I’m not aware of any Arab National Fund which gets 20% of state land which it can dole out based on racist criteria. Did I overlook it?

      So what are they? I would personally hesitate to call them all collaborators. Some are innocent victims of racism and oppression.

  3. W.Jones
    W.Jones
    July 10, 2014, 11:57 am

    “You know, 50 years from now your grandchildren are going to read what happened here in Israel and they will be disgusted that everyone followed the rules without thinking.

    Unfortunately, I am not so confident about this.

    Thanks for posting this story, Phil. It’s not only interesting, but applies to a lot of people who may go to the Holy Land for Solidarity and human rights activism.

  4. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 10, 2014, 12:10 pm

    I don’t know what to do with this information because I am a born and bred American goy and I see nothing on the horizon to suggest anybody would listen me even though I am part of the 98% goy Americans who make up the USA. In short, I am not Soros or Sheldon Adelson, so I know my vote doesn’t really count regarding foreign policy.

    • annie
      annie
      July 10, 2014, 1:01 pm

      i wish you would stop calling yourself a goy. it is an awful derogatory term. why would you self identify that way?

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        July 10, 2014, 1:20 pm

        Right. For what it’s worth, Christian tradition says that Christians are no longer “gentiles” (“the nations”) but also part of “God’s people”, as Peter writes of them (1 Pet 2:10): “Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God”.

        Non-Orthodox Christians can call themselves gentiles if they want (take for example German theologian Jurgen Moltmann), Orthodox Christians will never call themselves gentiles… The reason is quite simple, the main point of Christ’s mission in this respect was to destroy the wall of separation between Israel and Gentiles. According to Apostle Paul, Christ for us “is our peace who has made us both one and has broken down the dividing wall of enmity”(Eph 2.14). And this wall of separation is really destroyed in the Church as we believe.

        http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/reading/jewish_1.html

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 9:03 pm

        “why would you self identify that way?”

        Yes, why, exactly? I refuse to use the word. If I can call Gentiles “goys” I guess there’s no reason they can’t call me a “kike” is there?
        Of course, Citizen, if you wish to ad to the sum total of ethnic epithets in the world, I can’t stop you.
        After all, now that you’ve called yourself a “goy”, you can call me a “kike”, right?

        Another words, just what the hell are you trying to accomplish, Citizen?

      • NoMoreIsrael
        NoMoreIsrael
        July 10, 2014, 10:01 pm

        Why shouldn’t Citizen call himself a goy? That is, after all, how Israelis view him–as an untermenschen. Non-Jewish women are Shiksas, a worse word. I think we should call all non-Jewish women “whores” when we are around Israelis, to make them feel comfortable and let them know we understand their mentality.

      • American
        American
        July 10, 2014, 10:22 pm

        Citizen does it for same reason I image that I occasionally use goy—- its just making fun of the zios we see on the net that use goy and goyim to describe gentiles.
        IOW, its just snarkiness.

        The other reason is that we gentiles have also had experience with liberal zios even—theres a contridiction—who imply and even outright say and have the attitude that non Jewish Americans shouldnt be criticizing the Jewish state—-cause we dont have any right to say anything after we holocausted the Jews donch ya know.
        IOW, its also a little slap back at those types.

        Refer to my fight with mj rosenberg who doesnt think non Jewish americans should have any say so about US-Isr-I/P.

      • Pat Nguyen
        Pat Nguyen
        July 10, 2014, 11:20 pm

        At least he is consistent. Most of the things he says are nonsensical and make him look foolish

      • Pat Nguyen
        Pat Nguyen
        July 10, 2014, 11:22 pm

        I think he is saying that only Jews have influence in America. Typical anti-Semitic trope. The mask drops eventually

  5. hellsbells
    hellsbells
    July 10, 2014, 12:33 pm

    What a lucky woman, she didn’t get the usual sexual assault of an unnecessary cavity search.

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      July 10, 2014, 1:22 pm

      How do you know that for sure, since you say that it’s usual?

      It also says:

      I was given a medical examination by a doctor (mainly to check my blood pressure). Although a scary experience, I was told it was routine.

      Yes, it says “by a doctor”, but why “scary”?

      • annie
        annie
        July 11, 2014, 1:51 am

        i take it “W.” doesn’t stand for wilma.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        July 11, 2014, 7:18 am

        Annie,

        I was using a bit of a literally “rhetorical” question, although not a sarcastic one.

        H.Bells wrote that she didn’t get a cavity search. My reply is that when she says that the examination was scary, it might suggest that there is more than just the doctor looking at a clothed patient and taking blood pressure with a normal hospital machine that goes around the arm.

        In addition, I questioned whether she really didn’t, if the searches are “usual”, as H.bells said. Are cavity searches usual for people detained at their airport? I would not be surprised and in fact might even expect so.

      • annie
        annie
        July 11, 2014, 8:14 am

        she says that the examination was scary, it might suggest that there is more than just the doctor looking at a clothed patient…

        w.jones. that’s not something you ask a woman in public. i think you’ll just have to use your imagination wrt the imposed body examination. she said it was scary, let’s leave it at that. no sense speculating.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        July 11, 2014, 11:00 am

        that’s not something you ask a woman in public.
        I would like to know what people are going through. It does not mean that there is something lewd about this, Annie. If people are being searched in abusive, unnecessary ways then it’s worth finding out about this in order to intervene. If people who are detained for basically no reason are being so abusively searched, it’s one more thing that should be recognized publicly.

        It has nothing to do with a lewd interest, and there is no demand for someone not to answer- I fully understand the negative feelings and humiliation and that someone might not want to talk about it publicly – that is both their right and privilege to avoid doing so.

        Take for example the flogging of the schoolgirl Rula Jebreal. Barbara Streisand announced that she did not believe it happened. What makes her so sure about that? Because it is not something she heard about before. People need to be given the information about these abuses so that activists an intervene. Obviously if someone does not feel comfortable talking about it publicly, it’s more th

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        July 11, 2014, 11:24 am

        … it’s more than understandable.

  6. Sumud
    Sumud
    July 10, 2014, 1:28 pm

    A great read, poignant.

  7. Pamela Olson
    Pamela Olson
    July 10, 2014, 2:42 pm

    The horrible treatment at the border and constant threat of deportation was what finally drove me to “voluntarily” deport myself and leave. I never had an experience as bad as hers, but they were bad enough. And of course they were nothing compared to the indignities (and worse) that Palestinians endure. It outrages every fiber of my being.

    Just one example of my experiences:

    http://www.pamolson.org/tcworst.htm

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      July 10, 2014, 5:26 pm

      His six-year-old brother had been run over and killed by an Israeli settler bus in 1995. Abed witnessed the whole thing. The bus hit the boy, threw him into the air, then ran over him again when he landed. It never even slowed down.
      From your book.

  8. adele
    adele
    July 10, 2014, 5:36 pm

    Rachelle,
    I like your sass and awesome sense of justice and solidarity. Pretty hard to keep one’s dignity while under interrogation at Ben Gurion but you appear to have passed with flying colors! Glad you are safe and that you didn’t bow to their intimidation tactics. Israel is so upside-down, it lets in all the crazies and is scared of the sane ones. Good luck running a country for long on that philosophy.

    Rachelle’s treatment ——————> is one more reason to BDS.

  9. joecommon
    joecommon
    July 10, 2014, 7:01 pm

    israelis are suffering from a FULL BLOWN PSYCHOSES. their state of paranoia has advanced to it’s next to last stage. israel has a lot of nukes. at the last stage of this paranoia 2 things will happen.
    1. they will demand allegiances from the rest of the world
    2. they will extort all manner of things as proof of one’s allegiance or willingness to bow before them
    THIS IS EVIL.

  10. The Hasbara Buster
    The Hasbara Buster
    July 10, 2014, 9:44 pm

    But if in Dubai they don’t allow an Israeli to enter the country on security grounds, they’ll call them a bunch of antisemites.

  11. Palikari
    Palikari
    July 11, 2014, 4:29 am

    I certainly don’t know if you did something wrong or refused to cooperate with the security guards, but they didn’t treat you in a bad way. I know the Ben Gurion security is harsh, but it’s necessary due to the security threats. You should understand it. I have nothing against you, but you should also understand that I trust the security officers more than you. I think they had a real reason to deport you, although they didn’t tell you.

    The first guard was a young woman. Upon entering the facility another male guard had made comment about how beautiful she was.

    As we sat outside I said to her, “You know that is sexual harassment. This is your work space. He can’t treat you like that.”

    Wow, wow, wow… What’s wrong with saying “beautiful” to a beautiful woman? Women love to be called beautiful by men. Would you have preferred he called her ugly?

    […] brushed it off saying it was normal and fine.

    You see? It’s normal and fine.

    Upon my arrival in Barcelona […]

    I see you stopped in Barcelona, Spain. You should have taken advantage of it and visited the city; it’s very beautiful. Spain is a great country.

    • jack
      jack
      October 30, 2014, 10:53 pm

      Can you give some examples of ‘real reasons’ Palikari? I know many people who have been deported, none were security threats unless they led a double life I wasn’t aware of

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