To answer some of the questions below, the best practice in entering or leaving Ben Gurion is to lie. When I first travelled there, I was warned to say I was going to visit Jewish friends in Tel Aviv, to not say I was headed to Jerusalem or the West Bank and to be sure to say I had met no Palestinians or visited any Palestinian home. I have been strip searched, subjected to special screening both at the airport and the two checkpoints prior to reaching the main terminal. All with an American passport. I’ve thought about telling the truth about my situation, but know what the result would be, so many years and frequent trips later, I’m attending a bris in Ramat Gan, or a wedding in Tiberias.