Customs workers hold up airport lines in protest of planned dismissals

Customs workers protesting planned dismissals held up arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport on Sunday, Army Radio reported. Long lines formed at the customs inspection counter as workers checked every single arrival. 27,000 people, many of them pilgrims, were expected to land at the airport by midnight, and the wait was expected to get worse. The workers are protesting a planned restructuring of the tax authority which would merge several departments and lead to several dozen customs workers being laid off. Hold ups were also reported at the country's border crossings with Jordan and Egypt as well as the ports.