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Shalala Was Detained at Ben Gurion

Former top official is vocal opponent of boycotts

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Shalala in 2007.(Stephanie Kuykendal/Getty Images)

When President Clinton made her his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala became the first Arab-American member of a presidential cabinet. That background as well as her formidable résumé in academia—she was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin (go Badgers!) and is currently the president of the University of Miami—gave her massive credibility when, last month, she traveled to Israel and spoke out strongly against Israeli boycotts. “Whether it’s disinvestment or a boycott against Israeli academics,” Shalala, the daughter of Maronite Lebanese, said then, “it’s inappropriate and not worthy of any educational institution.”

Given all this, maybe she should have been greeted a little more hospitably? Shalala is now claiming that, despite the fact that her host, the American Jewish Congress, had notified authorities ahead of time who she was, she was detained and questioned intensively for over two hours upon her arrival at Ben Gurion Airport last month, apparently because of her Arab last name.

It is not clear if the Israeli government has since offered an apology; certainly, Shalala is owed one.

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lovelyisraelis says:

Serves her right for opposing the boycott. She needs to get a clue about what sort of filth she’s been supporting.

Barry says:

I’m not sure what she’s supposed to be apologized to for? The American Muslonazi community had no qualms about proposing a victory mosque over the graves of 9/11 victims. Arab-Americans have no problem promoting antisemitism on campus.

I think those of us with some heart left have had just about up to here with worrying about the “sensitivities” of the American Arabian and Islamonazi community. When Arab-Americans and Islamonazis start acting with some humanity they can expect some in return.

lovelyisraelis says:

Arab this. Arab that. Sure

What really terrifies you is that Jews of conscience are coming out in droves to denounce the filth of Israel—their mindless cruelty, their reflex racism toward all non-Jews, their ethnic cleansing, their murder jamborees, their religious lunacy, their sickening playing of the holocaust card to underwrite the brutality.

A king’s castle is his home.

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Shalala Was Detained at Ben Gurion

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