Israeli airport security to change

March 1, 2007 at 3:28 PM
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JERUSALEM, March 1 (UPI) -- Israel's Shin Bet security agency announced it will create a new security system at Ben-Gurion Airport to replace a system requiring separate checks for Arabs.

Yuval Diskin, the head of Shin Bet, said the new system will be set up within 15 months, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

Diskin made the announcement alongside Israeli lawmaker Nadia Hilu, who represents the Arab sector of the Labor Party. Hilu had complained of being forced to undergo a series of humiliating checks at the airport during a family vacation.

The announcement also comes on the heels of a complaint by Rania Jubran, a Foreign Ministry cadet and daughter of Supreme Court Justice Salem Jubran, YNetNews reported. Jubran said in a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the validity of the documents proving her association with the Foreign Ministry was repeatedly called into question by airport personnel who also requested proof that her father is a Supreme Court justice.

"The inspection was carried out in a rude and disrespectful manner toward me personally, as an Israeli citizen, and more so as a Foreign Ministry employee," Jubran said.

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