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Israeli interrogated en route home for activism in Palestinian cause

The activist tells of her experience being held for hours, harassed and intimidated by Israel Security Agency officials – for doing nothing illegal or suspicious.

By Leehee Rothschild

I arrived at Luton airport for my flight back to Israel, after spending one month in the UK and France, participating in Israeli Apartheid Week and BDS events. That, along with my ongoing activism for Palestinian rights, made me a security risk of the highest level for the Israeli state.

The troubles began at the Israeli security counter before check-in. I answered all the questions correctly: “Did you pack alone?” “Yes.” “Has your luggage been with you at all time?” “Yes.” The security person wasn’t really listening; he was checking his lists instead. A higher ranking security person was called over; my passport was taken away. This person seemed fascinated by my whereabouts while abroad, demanding names and details of people I had met, which I didn’t share.

They announced that all my luggage must be inspected, marking my bags with yellow stripes and the number six, the highest level in Israeli airport security profiling. In my carry-on bag, I was allowed only “Purse, mobile, book, and coat,” in a plastic bag.  Finally after about 45 minutes, I was allowed to leave, taking only what they allowed me in the carry-on; I was already checked in, in a marked seat of their choosing. I was instructed to go through British security, and head straight to the gate.

At the gate, I was taken into a small room. The plastic carry-on bag was taken away for inspection, and I had to strip behind a curtain. For what seemed like I ages I stood shivering in tights and an undershirt while they scanned my cloths, from jeans to bra. Then another woman scanned me, feeling me all over, touching the clothes I still wore with gauze, taking samples for “chemical inspection.” When I protested, she said that objections will make me miss my flight. They finally returned my clothes, then spent another 20 minutes checking my phone contacts. They walked me onto the plane five minutes before the flight took off.

On the Israeli side, the ordeal continued. The passport inspector took my passport, and made me follow another security officer through long corridors and stairs. She locked my plastic carry-on bag in a small cupboard, checked my pockets, and showed me into a nearby room for “questioning.”

Two men and a woman were sitting inside. The men introduced themselves as Shavit, “Head of the extreme left and right department in the Internal Security Services,” and Reshef. The woman was never introduced. They called her Karin, and explained that she had been instructed to remain silent throughout the whole process.

I was interrogated for over three hours. They said they were just “getting to know me better” and I asked whether I was allowed to leave. I wasn’t. They claimed they were unrelated to the inspections in London, and that our conversation wasn’t taped, and they were unhappy with the fact that I doubted both statements. Shavit explained that because of my activities, which were all legitimate, they must warn me that some of the Palestinians I collaborate with might try to use me to transfer people, or things into Israel, people who may be terrorists, things that might be bombs, and they want me to acknowledge this risk. Then he said that they wanted to understand what drove me to be an activist. I said I don’t want to talk to them. They didn’t seem to care.

Mostly, I remained silent. Silent as they asked where I had been abroad, the meetings I attended and the lectures I gave. Silent, when they asked whether I was involved with international projects like the Welcome to Palestine initiative, the Gaza flotilla, the Global March to Jerusalem. Silent when they asked about Anarchists Against the Wall meetings, and when they offered their “assistance” in getting permits for demonstrations, or delivering messages to the soldiers in the West Bank with tips on how to better deal with demonstrations. Frustrated with my non-cooperation they asked personal questions, about my family, my studies, my relations with fellow activists, my apartment, and my looks, their attitude alternating between friendly and offensive.

Reshef said that I don’t look like an anarchist as he went through my clothing items, remarking on each one. Shavit warned him that this was sexual harassment, then tried to persuade me to meet up for coffee, and have a friendly chat. I was silent to that as well, braiding my hair, biding my time.

They threatened to make me spend the night there. They said things suggesting that they were tapping my phone, reading my emails, and bugging my apartment. They tried playing good cop, bad cop, and took turns leaving the room.

After nearly three hours, when I remained steadfastly silent, they gave up. Before releasing me, Shavit warned me again not to be used by anyone. He said that for now, I’ve stayed within the law, but once I broke it, I’d better remember that they are watching me, and that they view me as a leader, so I could be held responsible for leading other people into illegal acts. Then he went out to get a security officer and my passport. Another 20 minutes elapsed before I was finally escorted through passport control, and left the airport.

They recommended that I keep it private, which was one motive for publishing this story. This so-called friendly conversation, just like the less friendly police raid on my house about a year ago, are meant to intimidate and threaten me and others like me. They want us to know that we are being watched, tapped, and followed. They try to frighten us into submission, and to terrorize us into silence. They will fail. Three hours of interrogation were a small price to pay compared with the suffering of my Palestinian partners, and I will keep on raising my voice for freedom and justice, until the whole world will chant along.

Leehee Rothschild has been active in the Palestinian struggle for over a decade. She currently works with Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott From Within. She writes about activism and political struggle on her blog, Radically Blonde and other publications.

 

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    1. Noam W

      Leehee we probably do not see eye to eye on many issues. But good for you for standing your ground and for publishing this story.

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    2. Menil

      The Israeli regime has been doing this for quite a while now. It seems that they’re basically persecuting anyone who they fear holds an opinion which they regard as “illegitimate”, like one that supports equality, regardless of the fact that the victim didn’t participate in any unlawful activity.

      Haaretz wrote about this practice last year:
      http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/shin-bet-puts-israeli-anarchists-in-crosshairs-1.333140

      So is this your “only democracy” in the Middle East?

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    3. Steve

      Sounds like Israel is smart, for not trusting people who are blatantly enemies of Israel and trying to damage Israel around the world.
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      I bet Leehee Rothschild puts no pressure on Hamas/Palestinians to declare a permanent peace with the Jewish state of Israel, and just unfairly bashes Israel for everything.

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    4. Steve

      Comment deleted and user banned

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    5. Jack

      The paranoia in Israel is not only dangerous for themselves but for the world in general, such a regime should not have nuclear weapons.

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    6. Jalal

      *quick off-topic note*
      To editors, honestly I am sick of reading STEVE’s comments. I am in no place to judge, but allowing him to remain here isn’t good for your image, especially since many others were banned for lazier reasons.
      He is likening Leehee struggle to Pro-Nazis for god’s sake! Every comment he makes here consists of trolling material, mostly off topic and often a lie just to instigate naive flame war. check his comments on others topics.
      —–
      *on topic*
      Thank you Leehee for posting this story, Palestinian citizens should also write up stories about the interrogations they face almost every time they leave or approach Ben Gurion airport…I know its plenty unfortunately :/

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    7. Moriel Rothman

      Leehee, I am really sorry that this happened to you, and I stand with you in solidarity. (to the Airport Authorities, I’ll be flying back to Israel on April 17th. You can ask me why I stand with Leehee in solidarity, and with all of the Palestinians subjected to humiliation at Ben Gurion Aiport. I probably won’t answer, but go ahead and ask anyway).

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    8. directrob

      Steve, I think you went way too far. The words “also” and “as well” imply a direct comparison.

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    9. AIG

      What you underwent in Luton is completely justified in light of the Hindawi affair:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindawi_affair
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      You could have been used without your knowledge.
      .
      What happened in Ben-Gurion seems gratuitous but of course we don’t have the information the Shabak has.

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    10. Carl

      It’s bad enough getting grief off someone else’s security apparatus (~20hrs held on entry at BG once with no food or drink – save the litre of whisky I’d fortuitously bought at the duty free – and I was kept awake for the entire night and given a 2 hour grilling at the end of it), but when it’s your own government doing it to you, it adds a whole different dimension to it.
      .
      *Also a quick off topic note*
      I second Jalal on the Steve front. I’ve been away from this forum for a bit due to remembering I had a life. Having dealt with that and had a chance to see what’s going on, I do have to give credit to Steve; he’s still knocking out post, after post, of offence and inanity. It’s not that I disagree with his politics as he doesn’t seem to have any. His only purpose is to rile people who contribute to a site he doesn’t like. And the fact that he doesn’t put all his words into one post when three posts will do, well that’s just a personal bugbear of mine. Oh, and no Steve you won’t get a reply from me about this post: nor any of your others.

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    11. Mik

      Question
      What is the problem with the ordeal that Leehee went through? I think it is fair that the state gets worried with people who are actively fighting against it. Taking a stab in the dark (not completely in the dark as Leehee is a member of AWALL and the boycott from within), I imagine that Leehee beleives in trying Israeli security officials abroad, does not believe Israel should be a Jewish state (or as an anarchist, any state for that matter), and has participated in unarmed (yet violent) demonstrations against the Israeli military and settlers. She also believes and pursues actively the boycott of the country. I think she has the right to believe what she wants, and that the state has the obligation to defend her ability to do so as much as possible.
      But I don’t think it is out of bounds for state security to be worried that given her background and affiliations Leehee is more likely to be in contact with people who are out to really harm it. It is not such a large logical leap.
      So I understand the anger at the state for being what it is, but given what it is, I don’t understand the anger at how it behaves towards Leehee.

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    12. Noam W

      MIK, Israel is (still to a large degree) a nation that operates according to the rule of law. In nations that operate according to the rule of law (as opposed to authoritarian whim), as long as your actions are not against the law, your liberties are inviolate.
      .
      If the police and the secret services think that Leehee is a traitor, as defined by the criminal code, let them charge her with a criminal offense. If they do not think she is a traitor (and apparently they do not) they have no right, or rather should have no right, to detain her, threaten her, etc.
      .
      One of the factors that make up a strong democracy is the ability to contain a broad and divergent spectrum of views. “Sedition against the state”, “ideological treason” etc. those are, not for lack of reason, mostly “crimes” that associated with totalitarian regimes, not with democracies. In a democracy, arguing, demonstrating and promoting a policy change, even through the use of criminal law, should not be a criminal act.

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    13. Mik

      Noam thank you. But she wasn’t arrested. She was questioned. More than others because there is a reason to ask her more than others. Not because she looks different but because she acts openly in apposition to the state (which as you read, I think is completely legitimate).
      It doesn’t seem that anything here was against the law. If they thought she was a traitor they would arrest her. If they think she is suspicious they question her.
      It’s not like she was thrown to Siberia, they questioned her for a long time. And she was not charged with any criminal act.
      So again, what is the problem, that they took 3 hours instead of 2?

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    14. Leehee – congratulations on your courage and persistence. The interrogation shows increasing paranoia and despair. We must all go on

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    15. Jacob

      I just checked my pack and Ben Gurion gave me a number 5 sticker! So I’m almost as hardcore as Leehee but not quite.

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    16. Mik

      Jacob, it’s exactly, the “i’m so badass” approach which makes Leehee’s piece sound so off for me. If you want to be a “hardcore” activist, don’t whine when you get interrogated at an airport.

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    17. Doron

      What is the problem,i am Israeli and also went through the same security checks,stop complaining about our security and get a life.

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    18. Ben

      I was bored reading this; I would care if they physically abused her which would have been horrific but honestly, she should have expected these things. She has been active in Palestinian movements for 10 years? Why hasn’t she been “harassed” earlier? Not that I support that, because I honestly do not.

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    19. Bill Pearlman

      Mik is right. The woman aligns herself with enemies of Israel. There is a history of woman being duped into carrying explosives. So they questioned her, so what. Would Lenin and Trotsky whine like this.

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    20. Bill Pearlman

      Scharansky spent 9 years in the gulag. Mandela, 27 years on Robbens island. Leehee Rothshild, held up at the airport for three hours. What kind of self respecting revolutionary complains like this.

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    21. To Bill Pearlman:

      Leehee risks getting shot and killed every time she goes to a non-violent protest in the occupied territories as Israeli soldiers fire gas canisters directly at protestors. What do you do besides whining from your safe home??

      Since when a democratic state interrogates a citizen for three hours for daring to speak negatively about this state abroad??

      As for ‘aligning herself with enemies of Israel’. Leehee simply describes what is taking place in the Occupied Territories which is Apartheid. You don’t need to believe me, please visit the territories yourself and you will see this. But yes, Israel is an enemy of democracy by occupying an entire people without rights, destroying their homes because they are not Jewish and unwanted etc etc.

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    22. Mik

      Bill, why is it you have to reiterate a point that was already made in the most obnoxious way possible. Did your two comments add anything?

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    23. sh

      The brave warriors who mock Leehee would have saved themselves more time than they spent on their comments here if they’d read her text to the end:
      “They recommended that I keep it private, which was one motive for publishing this story.”
      .
      If security is a necessary evil rather than a tool for intimidation, why recommend keeping its thoroughness private?

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    24. Bill Pearlman

      Jake, come on. Three hours at an airport being questioned. Not exactly a Ron Arad situation. If I decide to go bopping around Afghanistan with the Taliban. ( being Jewish not likely but for the sake of argument ) It wouldn’t exactly shock me if the FBI took an interest when I got off the plane. There have been cases where the Arabs used foreign woman, either willingly or not. To carry out attacks.

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    25. Bill Pearlman

      Comment deleted. User will be banned if he makes another offensive comment.

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    26. Leen

      This reminds me of Hedy Ebstein. A survivor of the holocaust, it is almost comical that Israeli security has treated her so horrifically, yet have the cheek to keep bringing up the holocaust to legitimizes its existence… Here’s a thought, how about you treat your holocaust survivors better and actually listen to what they have to say no matter how uncomfortable it might be?

      Anyway, it is not the fact how many hours, what did they actually do, it’s principle fact of how they treat their citizens. First of all, I don’t see any other country or any other airline (I believe Leehee was either using easyjet or El-Al because they are the only two airlines that fly from Luton, and this sounds like El-Al), searching people before they come into said country (they usually do it before you board the plane).
      Secondly, why would they ask her to keep it private?

      But it’s kind of worse when you get the number six every time you leave the airport, and then in the end tell you to your face that it’s because you’re Arab.

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    27. joe

      Bill Pearlman please grow up. Disagreement is one thing, but casting aspersions on someone else’s appearance is something else.

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    28. Bill Pearlman

      Hedy Epstein spent the war in England. How many times have I heard about the Jews using the holocaust to jusitify their evil doings. If someone was in England from 1939-45 does that make her a holocaust survivor. She took a spot on the kindertransport from some kid who probably was gassed and if he/she had lived might have actually made a contribution to the Jewish people.

      Joe. just making an observation. These anti-Israel lesbians aren’t exactly the best looking woman. And its not just Israel Look at the code pink crew. I wonder why.

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    29. Bill, so you’re saying that Kindertransport members aren’t Holocaust survivors? I think they would disagree with that, especially those who lost their parents in the camps, as Hedy did. ‘Holocaust survivor’ is not some special status that you get for having political views that Bill Pearlman approves of. It’s what you’re called if you survived the Shoah – whether that was through the Kindertransport or going into hiding or managing to endure the camps.
      .
      And as if insinuating that it would be better if Hedy Epstein had been gassed weren’t enough, you decide to make a bid for ‘Classiest Commenter of the Year’ award with a little light-hearted recreational sexism. I’m not going to dignify that with any sort of response except to hint that women peace activists probably aren’t going to be terribly disappointed if they don’t attract you.

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    30. Good grief Bill Pearlman! What does it matter what Leehee Rothschild looks like or who she chooses to sleep with?? And not that it matters, but there is nothing wrong with the way she looks. That being said, I travel a lot and I’ve been stopped, taken aside and questioned by security more times than I can count. I have no grounds to complain because the safety and security of fellow passengers dictates that you forfeit certain rights when you decide to fly and I totally understand that. So Bill, if you want to defend Israel or whatever it is you think you’re doing, do us all a favor and keep your ignorant and boorish comments to yourself. Or better yet, step away from the computer altogether and maybe take a nice walk in the park or ride a bicycle.

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    31. Bill Pearlman

      Hedy Epstein spent the war in England. So no, I wouldn’t put her in the same category has someone who was actually in ANY area that the Germans controlled DURING the war. And she got a spot that would have went to someone else, who probably didn’t survive. Someone who might not be advocating for the destuction of Israel.

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    32. Bill Pearlman

      Besides Vicky, what makes her a peace activist? Because she wants Israel destroyed. Is that the bar, really?

      Like I said. just making an observation. Not casting aspersions on her or Medea Benjamins alternative lifestyle. But you have to admit they are a bunch of angry woman

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    33. Leen

      Fine, since Hedy Ebstein grinds your nerve (I kind of find it shocking you are insituating that she should have been ‘gassed’ to be able to make any contribution, the fact remains that she did survive the holocaust, she wasn’t there for the entire duration but nevertheless I am sure it had a profound effect in her life).
      What about Marek Edelman? Or do all the Holocaust survivors have to be ardent supporters of Israel and Zionism in order to guarantee they have a right to speak about their experiences?

      So you are saying that anti-zionists should have been gassed instead of those who would be supporters of Israel? That is sickening Bill. Just sickening, human life shouldn’t be measured by your political ideologies. Disgusting.

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    34. joe

      Bill Pearlman – if 972 doesn’t ban you then I will shun you – and suggest everyone else does as well.

      I disagree with you, but more than that I am totally disgusted by the way you seek to demean everyone who does not think like you.

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    35. Bill Pearlman

      Don’t you people read. I neve said that she should have been gassed. But she did take the place of someone who most likely was killed. And uses that to put forth an agenda that would have Israel destroyed. Where am I wrong.

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    36. AMIR.BK

      *OFF TOPIC* I’m honestly shocked that Bill’s comments the past two days haven’t gotten him banned yet, particularly the ones in this thread. I assume that editors have simply not had the chance yet, 972 is not the kind of place where comments like “why are these lesbians always so ugly” are tolerated. I advise ignoring the weirdo and awaiting patiently for the moderators to do what I’m sure they will once they get around to it.

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    37. Bill Pearlman

      Can’t you people lighten up a little. But I take your point.

      Comment edited by moderator. This is a final warning. User will be banned if he makes reference to the original comment that was deleted; or if he makes another offensive comment.

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    38. Piotr Berman

      motto of Steve, AIG, Bill: “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” (Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State)

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    39. Mik

      Piotr and others. Please distinguish. Bill’s comments as I noted above are incredibly obnoxious. With that in mind,questioning Leehee for a couple of hours doesn’t constitute fascism or totalitarianism. She was questioned on the merit of her actions, and refused to cooperate during the questioning (which is fine, but one can understand why that would lengthen the process).

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    40. Piotr Berman

      Leehee’s action are not criminal, but they are not “within the state”, she disagrees with the ideology of the state, so she is deemed against the state.

      As I commented on another thread, you can check the presence of explosives and weapons within minutes without strip searching, unless the person has some metal parts like artificial heap or pacemaker. The rest is The State bestowing approval or disapproval.

      Which raises the question if this is a legitimate function of the state.

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    41. Mik

      first, she questions and acts against the legitimacy of the state itself- not only it’s ideologies but it’s (internationally mandated) borders. (again, legitimate, but don’t expect not to get questioned about it)
      But more importantly, it is fully withing the rights of security of any state to question people who they think might be a security risk. Do you also think asking you if you packed your bags alone is illegitimate? anything that is not a metal detector is illegitimate? The problem with these posts and comments is that it takes Israel-is-a-totalitarian-state to an absurd point. Do you really think all Israeli state security is about is harassing people who they know are innocent?
      Come on, questioning a person who is publicly active against the state at an airport seems to you totalitarian and undemocratic? Is that for real?

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    42. Leen

      @MK – yes, I sincerely believe so. You know why?
      I’m going to take my own example.
      I’m a Palestinian, living in Jerusalem for 20 years, studying in university abroad for 3 years now. I have been in and out of Ben Gurion over 20 times so far in the last 3 years alone. I have permanent residency in Jerusalem.
      Yet every time I enter Ben Gurion, I get the lovely number 6 (highest on the scale). I get the same tired questions (Who packed your bags, etc, which I personally don’t have a problem with, because you get the same questions in any airport). What I DO have a problem is that when you start asking them ‘why are you doing this’, you get the same ‘security reasons’, sometimes you get ‘because you’re an Arab’. I’m sorry how can I possibly be a security threat every time I fly? I’ve flown over 60 times from Ben Gurion over the course of my life, and yet I have never received anything lower than a 6. And I am also 100% that I am in their database and they know everything about me without me telling them so. I cannot think of one reason why I have never, and I mean NEVER gotten anything lower than a 6. Other than something that relates to my ethnicity.

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    43. Leen

      Forget to mention, I also have a clean record, never gotten in trouble with the police or been suspected for political activity or anything. Yet I am still the ‘highest security threat’.

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    44. AIG

      Leen,

      You are a security threat because you live in an area from which many suicide bombers and their accomplices came. If a Jew lived where you live, he would have gotten a 6 also.

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    45. Noam W.

      Leen – that you find it necessary that you have never been suspected of “political activity” is what is wrong with this regime (not your fault of course).

      MIK – the fact that other women may have been duped to carry explosives may, with a big emphasis on the “may” justify a tighter search before the air-port – not the ideological questioning afterwards. And I am quite aware of what being arrested is and the difference between arrests and detainment – but neither are, or should be, permitted for political indoctrination or questioning unless there is a reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct. I believe the two aparchnics explained to Leehee that they do not suspect her of criminal activity from the outset.

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    46. I find the assumption that Rothschild is “foreign” amusing. I also find the assumption that as a woman she is more likely to be “duped” into something misogynistic.

      But I am *not* surprised by either of these things, given the “cheerleader of the regime” sources.

      Seriously, guys — do a Google search on Rothschild and find out what kind of activist she is before making such ridiculous statements based on this one article. Go read her blog (a link was provided for your lazy convenience). Learn how to read — she wrote that the police have raided her home. She certainly has had more interaction with them than this one incident.

      But misogyny is difficult to contain… If you do not like a woman’s politics, the obvious thing to do is belittle her. Such manly men.

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    47. zayzafuna

      I applaud Leehees courage, but not her strategy. If I were her, I would renounce my israeli citizenship and take on citizenship of a sympathetic country, ie Norway. I would also avoid the bengurion airport because flying thru there economically benefits the zionists. I would recommend flying thru Amman, taking a taxi to the Jordan, and sneaking across, so the zionists would not have any record of her entering

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    48. Piotr Berman

      “first, she questions and acts against the legitimacy of the state itself- not only it’s ideologies but it’s (internationally mandated) borders.”

      And where are those borders, if I may ask? Besides, some British subject question if United Kingdom should stay united, and yet they may depart from the Kingdom and return with no trouble at all.

      The bottom line is that Leehee has bad political views and thus patriotic citizens approve the shabby treatment. Not that they are afraid of Leehee but because they think that she deserves it.

      “Do you really think all Israeli state security is about is harassing people who they know are innocent?” I believe that they are harassing people that according to the State “deserve” being harassed. Leehee is not typical because she deserves to be harassed for “fraternizing” with people who have ancestry that deserves to be harassed. She is an ideological “threat.” Leena, “demographic threat.”

      As Zayzafuna suggests, the goal may be to gently encourage all those “threats” to go away, leaving in place a harmonious tapestry. I read that this tapestry is an important reason why life in Israel is so much better than in the Exile.

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    49. Leen

      AIG,
      Actually I once travelled with my school on a school trip (the whole group were different nationalities from English to Finnish and my teacher was an Israeli Jew), and guess who had the number six and the others number 2? Btw, we all live in the same area, and go to the same school.

      So no, you are wrong, when a Jewish Israeli travelled with me, despite the fact we both live in Jerusalem, we both attend the same school, and the fact that she is my teacher and tried to explain that this is a school trip and couldn’t understand why they need to separate us, just shows that it is really based on the fact that I’m Palestinian.

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    50. Beholder

      What people doesn’t seem to understand is one simple fact:
      Arab terrorists (or Palestinian freedom-fighters, call ’em what you please) will exploit any weakness in Israel’s security to cause maximal possible harm.

      Besides, using of woman and children is not condemded by Islam. On the contrary – any Muslim killed in an attack against Zionists/Christians/Americans/Russians/Anyone is considered a Mujahedeen and subjected to heaven, 70 virgins included.

      Also, as recent events in France have depicted, it does not require a Muslim to be abused by Israelis to kill few Jewish kids.

      So yes, religion and ethicity becames a legitimate reason for persecution.

      Question to Leehee – are you supporting actions of that Morrocan murderer? Don’t bother to answer tho – I’m not expecting you to tell the truth.

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