American Jewish students are too often the targets of faith-based harassment, as when a Hamas student union posts cartoon depicting Jews as trash.
Now that harassment seems to have gone international, as in the case of one young scholar who wanted to travel to the United Kingdom for a work opportunity; The Tammy Bruce Shows’s contributor Shifra offers these details:
Once upon a time, whenever Americans traveled abroad, they could be reasonably assured that carrying an American passport meant something.
And if any “shenanigans” did occur, the offending country would soon receive the full wrath of our State Department.
Now, our State Department seems to be a “Stasis” Department, too inept to do much of anything in the way of protecting U.S. citizens. (Remember Benghazi? Or did that happen “a long time ago” ?)
The following story was picked up by several Jewish media outlets, after being initially published by the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. As of this writing, it has not been reported anywhere in the mainstream media.
Louis “Chip” Cantor, a 23 years old Kansas City student, was offered a summer job in the U.K., and on May 29, he arrived in London. The customs agent (who, for some reason, was not wearing a uniform) looked at his passport, and treated him courteously.
That is, until she saw two pages of Israeli visas and entry stamps, as Chip had spent some time studying in Israel.
The customs agent walked away with his passport. He never saw her again.
A different, uniformed customs agent came to see him. Chip was told they were taking his bags and detaining him for questioning. He was told that if changed any of his answers to any questions, he would go to prison. He was then placed in a detention cell.
A woman wearing a burka came into the cell to photograph and fingerprint him. She informed him: “We’re putting your name and fingerprints and photos into a database. From now on it is going to be very difficult for you to ever travel in the United Kingdom or anywhere in the E.U. It will be up to each individual country to decide if they want to admit you.”
….Kevin Shilling, who had offered Chip summer employment (and who is not Jewish) called the customs agent to explain why Chip was in the country. Shilling was told that any attempts to assist Chip would be useless, and the customs agent reportedly made several anti-Semitic comments.Chip was held in detention for nine hours. He was given half a sandwich. When he asked for more food and some water, he was told to stop “pestering” them. Finally, he was told he could have some water, only if he said “please.”
After nine hours, he was escorted to a plane by a customs agent. Chip asked for his passport, and was refused.
American Jewish Student Denied Entry Into U.K. Because of Israeli Stamps in Passport (The Tammy Bruce Show)