University of Miami president detained, questioned for three hours at Israeli airportBy AP
Sunday, August 8, 2010
University president questioned at Israeli airport
MIAMI — The University of Miami’s president says she was interrogated at the Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel last month.
Donna 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, former secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, 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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