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In 2008, Norman Finkelstein was arrested on arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport. Interrogated and held for hours, he was deported and prohibited from returning for 10 years.
Also in 2008, UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur Richard Falk repeatedly was refused entry to Israel for his outspokenness. Last year, he was still banned.
In 2010, famed Spanish clown, Ivan Prado, was refused entry for alleged ties to Palestinian resistance groups Israel calls "terrorist organizations."
In 2010, Noam Chomsky was barred from entering the West Bank through Jordan's Allenby crossing. At the time, he said, "Denying me entry into the West Bank is a minor event, but it is significant because it shows how irrational Israel's actions are." He was scheduled to speak at Bir Zeit University. He did, but not on campus.
Others were also barred from entry. Palestinian rights activists are excluded. Washington does the same thing. Prominent Muslims are targeted, including politicians and academics.
Former Mossad Head Warns About Israel's Political System
On April 7, the Jerusalem Post headlined, "Dagan warns of dangers of current political system," saying:
Former Mossad head Meir Dagan earlier downplayed an alleged Iranian threat. Now he "play(s) up the threat posed to Israel by its own political system," saying: