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Shin Bet banned 250 people from entering Israel

Image of Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel [lleewu/Flickr]
Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel [lleewu/Flickr]

The Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, prevented 250 people from entering Israel this year, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday.

The newspaper said a majority of those barred from entry were Muslims who came from Arab countries, Europe and the United States and tried to enter Israel through Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Taba border crossing with Egypt and Allenby bridge border crossing with Jordan.

The paper explained that after interrogating them, Shin Bet officers denied them entry over suspicion of involvement in terrorism, espionage or political subversion.

In July, prominent Jewish-American activist, Ariel Gold, was denied entry into Israel over her links to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Gold was prevented from entering Israel when she landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. She was held until 11pm when she was informed that her entry had been refused despite holding the correct papers.

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