U Miami President searched for 3 hrs at Ben Gurion Airport

August 8, 2010 19:25

Donna Shalala, current president of the University of Miami and former secretary of US Health and Human Services, said she was subjected to a three-hour search and interrogation by Israeli authorities at Ben-Gurion International Airport last month.

Shalala, who is of Lebanese descent, was visiting Israel in July as part of a delegation of university leaders invited by the American Jewish Committee's Project Interchange. Shalala stayed after the convention to meet with a group setting up a new medical school in Israel.University spokeswoman Margot Winick said in an e-mail that Shalala was delayed as she was leaving Israel with security questions and a luggage search that took nearly 3 hours. But she didn't miss her flight.

Israeli airport authority officials said there was no record of the search.

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