Israel’s restricted border door - Opinion

Israel’s restricted border door

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:13 am

This has become the season of a new kind of #MeToo — of left-leaning critics of Israel who have been stopped at the border and questioned under indirect interrogation governed by the Shin Bet internal security services before being allowed into the country.

The tipping point may have been the questioning on Aug. 12 of journalist and political science professor Peter Beinart. A highly visible liberal Zionist who opposes Israel’s settlement enterprise in the West Bank and supports a two-state solution, Beinart wrote about his experience in the Forward of being asked to step aside for extra screening at Ben-Gurion Airport: “Then the political questions began. Was I involved in any organization that could provoke violence in Israel? I said no. Was I involved in any organization that threatens Israel democracy? I said no — that I support Israeli organizations that employ non-violence to defend Israeli democracy.”

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