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In an appeal filed in the Supreme Court against the Shin-Bet, the Transportation Ministry and the Israel Airport Authority (IAA), the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) called for equality in airport security checks.
In the appeal, the ACRI wrote that security personnel utilized ethnic criteria in determining the rigorousness of a security check. The human rights group claimed that race was the only determinant, writing that the rigorousness of the checks was upheld even when checkers had no justified reason to ascribe a terrorist affiliation to the traveler.
According to the ACRI, Israeli Arabs flying abroad to vacation, work, or study were often subjected to stringent, invasive and lengthy ordeals conducted in full view of other travelers.
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The checks sometimes included verbal abuse, and were often so lengthy as to cause travelers to miss their flights.
The human rights group acknowledged the need for security checking but chose to focus on the illegality of using the criteria of race and religion, claiming that it constituted a severe infringement of Arab citizens' basic rights.
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