Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Israel compels Arab visitors to have their email checked at Ben Gurion airport

Ben Gurion airport
 AP reports about a new (?) development concerning people of Arab descent who want to visit Israel:

 When Sandra Tamari arrived at Israel's international airport, she received an unusual request: A security agent pushed a computer screen in front of her, connected to Gmail and told her to "log in."
The agent, suspecting Tamari was involved in pro-Palestinian activism, wanted to inspect her private email account for incriminating evidence. The 42-year-old American of Palestinian descent refused and was swiftly expelled from the country.
Tamari's experience is not unique. In a cyber-age twist on Israel's vaunted history of airport security, the country has begun to force incoming travelers deemed suspicious to open personal email accounts for inspection, visitors say. (continue here)

AP wrote this apparently after the site Mondoweiss featured a similar horror story one day earlier.  
Would they do it only to Arab visitors? And what about bloggers?

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