Israel’s Shin Bet Interrogate And Threaten Reza Aslan

People standing in line to go through passport control at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel

People standing in line to go through passport control at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel

He was taken for questioning, where an official repeatedly asked him whether he was involved in organizations that could provoke violence, promote anarchy, or threaten Israeli democracy. He was released after calling a well-known Israeli human rights lawyer.

"Benjamin Netanyahu has half-apologized for my detention yesterday at Ben Gurion airport", Beinart said in a Twitter post.

Beinart rejected Netanyahu's apology, saying Palestinians endure "far worse" on a daily basis.

Reza Aslan, a scholar, author and TV host, said that two weeks ago he made his fourth trip to Israel in the last 10 years.

He said security officials were curious about his previous participation in a protest against the lack of basic rights of Palestinians, which was held in Hebron.

But the controversial policy was thrust to global attention this week after two prominent USA writers, who are also vocal critics of the Israeli government, detailed their experiences being questioned by the Shin Bet agents while trying to enter the country.

Israel's Shin Bet Interrogate, Threaten US Scholar Reza Aslan

Before his release he was warned to stay away from Palestinian or Israeli "trouble makers" and avoid visiting the West Bank, he tweeted.

The Shin Bet also said its security procedures have "prevented terrorist and espionage activity in Israel" this year. The Israeli agency claims Aslan raised suspicion but without explaining how.

"The allegations against Reza Aslan was subjected to threats, and that during the interview there were questions of a political nature, was thoroughly examined and found baseless", - said in a statement, Shin bet.

Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights based in NY, is another American who was denied entry to Israel last May.

The executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights based in New York, Vincent Warren, was also denied entry to Israel last May while Simone Zimmerman, an American activist who opposes Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories was detained and questioned before being allowed into Israel.

On Tuesday Haaretz reported that Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber's office said in a letter earlier this month that it will look into the incidents of Israel-critics being questioned and ask the Shin Bet for clarification.

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