A Profile of the Profiled

[New York Sun] Hillel Halkin - I may as well admit it: I'm a suspected terrorist. That's what U.S. Homeland Security thinks. My current passport was issued in 2004 by the American embassy in Tel Aviv, which is apparently what incriminates me. For some reason, Homeland Security thinks that native-born American citizens living in Israel are more likely to bomb or hijack airplanes than other people. I'll agree that there's a certain logic to it - after all, Israel is in the Middle East and the Middle East is a hotbed of terrorism. The fact that Israelis, far more than Americans, are themselves the victims of Middle-East terror, that they are engaged in fighting it on a daily basis, and that no Israeli on record has ever committed an act of terror outside of Israel does not seem to enter into it.

2008-03-19 01:00:00

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