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Friday, 17 August

13:25

The Hour When Children Die: What Is Going on in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is obvious that this war is seen by Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a way to weaken Iran, although Irans actual role in Yemen is dubious. Nonetheless, Iran has said it awaits an invitation from the UN to come to Geneva. It would like to hold face-to-face talks with its adversaries, with the UN as arbiter.

12:55

Assessing US Marines Deployment to Norway: No Big Deal or Serious Threat to Russia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The transformation of Norway into the tip of the knife for an attack on Russia is taking place amidst the speedy militarization of other Scandinavian countries, the Baltic states, and Poland.

12:25

Trump to Netanyahu: Palestinians Must Be Completely Conquered "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump has now officially placed the United States on the side of Israels Jews, for them to conquer and subdue Palestine, for Jews to rule over Palestinians, and for the residents in Palestine not to be allowed to participate in Israels elections.

12:10

All Sanctions Against Russia Are Based on Lie "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Porton Down lab still refuses to say anything that the UK Government can quote as an authority confirming that the Skripals had been poisoned by the Russian Government.

11:55

Caspian Deal a Model of Diplomatic Success "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

One can only imagine the outcome if the US had been one of the Caspian Sea claimants. Other nations would have been bullied, browbeaten and dispossessed of their natural rights by American gunboat diplomacy.

10:55

Caspian Deal Highlights Shift in Azerbaijan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For Azerbaijan its relationships with its neighbors are about to undergo a sea change, which should see meat put on the bones of this weekends agreement about oil and gas rights.

07:59

China is Strengthening its Efforts Aimed at Fighting International Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Not too long ago China rarely featured in the news related to international terrorism. But recent years have seen a noticeable rise in threats due to terrorism in the world. At the same time PRCs influence abroad has increased substantially in view of its presence in all the regions of the world especially in Asia and Africa. It is hardly surprising that China is increasingly facing the threat of terrorism and has been forced to become involved in finding a solution to this problem.

It is well known that the key direction of Chinese foreign policy is promotion and development of the One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR), a world-wide transportation and economic scheme, which, in the future, could unite all the regions and countries of our planet. PRC ties practically all of its economic development plans and desires with OBOR. Many African, Asian, European and, as of recently, Latin American nations are involved in OBOR. Some of the more famous subprojects of OBOR are the Silk Road Economic Belt (SPEB) meant to unite the main land routes (roads and railways) in Eurasia into one, and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR), which covers sea routes along the Eurasian coast and connects some of the most remote regions in Asia with Africa and Europe via the Indian Ocean.

As is the case with MSR, many routes of SPEB as well as its branches traverse turbulent regions threatened by terrorism. For instance, MSR passes via the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen. A civil war has been raging in Yemen since 2014. In Somalia, a civil war started in 1988, the year when this country ceased to exist as a nation and turned into a territory controlled by numerous armed factions fighting against each other. Many of these units are involved in criminal and terrorist activities, in the Gulf of Aden among other places. The region became even more dangerous when a force, capable of coordinating the actions of these Yemeni and Somalian fighters, emerged there. It is public knowledge that in both countries units affiliated with DAESH (or ISIL, banned in Russia) are active. DAESH is a terrorist organization, established in 2013, that many other terrorist groups joined within a short amount of time. DAESHs aim is to establish a global caliphate that includes all the countries where Muslims live. It has been reported that after DAESHs losses in Syria, following Russias involvement in the war there, the leadership of this terrorist group decided to move its headquarters to Somalia. DAESH has b...

07:55

Boris Johnson Is Not Racist "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Johnson is evidently laying the groundwork for the triumphant elimination of racism, through the sophisticated articulation of a worldview that only a few fortunate white men who went to Eton have the benefit of accessing.

The post Boris Johnson Is Not Racist appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

06:20

Chaos in NAIA after Chinese plane lands on belly "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chaos in NAIA, Manila International Airport.

The first report reached us from The Aviation Herald on Aug 16th 2018 20:25 Zulu. This means Aug 17th 2018 o4:25 PST. The message says:

A Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration B-5498 performing flight MF-8667 from Xiamen (China) to Manila (Philippines) with 157 passengers and 8 crew, had gone around from low height on first final approach to Manilas runway 24 due to weather, positioned for another approach and continued for a landing on runway 24 at 23:55L (15:55Z), but went off the left edge of the runway and came to a stop on soft ground with the left main gear collapsed and the left engine separated from the wing. The aircraft was evacuated via slides. No injuries are being reported, the aircraft however received substantial damage.

Manila Airport reported flight MF-8667 went off the runway at about 23:55 local time during a heavy downpour. All occupants of the aircraft are safe. Investigators from the CAA Philipinnes are already on site.

Chaos in NAIA because of closed runway

Diverted and cancelled flights to expect all day on Aug 17th 2018.

Chaos in NAIA

The main runway 06/24 in Manila is closed. Smaller planes up to Airbus 321 can land on Runway 13. Bigger planes are either diverted or do not fly at all. Above map shows the situation at 12 AM today.

Cancelled and diverted flights

Cancelled flights:

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Thursday, 16 August

22:30

Is the US Beheading the Turkish Economy as an Act of Terror? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The US continues to play its poker game of Show Down with a growing list of unhappy countries. We are at the point where we might soon see a call to rename the US to the United States of Sanctions, the USS.

Turkey is getting most of the publicity now with its currency and economy under assault. The sanctions professionals sought out a fertile weak spot, that Turkey had used a tried-and-true method of bolstering an economy via debt. That may work in the short run and for keeping people happy before the last Turkish election, but sticking your debt neck out makes you a bigger target for having your currency and economy sold short.

Turkey joins the EU, Russia, China, Canada, Iranthe list keeps growing, under a semi false-flag of trade imbalances. I say that not tongue in cheek, but because with Americas debt over $20 trillion, the potential revenues from a successful trade war would only put a dent in the budget deficit. Trump knows this.

Why was there no one concerned about these trade deficits for the past 20 or 30 years? Why no concern after 9-11, when the US began hemorrhaging debt with huge budget overruns, later followed by our own pump-and-dump real estate boom and bust that brought our banking system down?

Maybe it is because the US is angry that its unipolar coup was not successful; and its plan to carve Syria went up in smoke, literally; and its plan to turn Ukraine into a front line NATO state was not only unsuccessful, but left the country on life support. Yemen, under attack by the West, will not surrender. Mexico will not pay for the US border wall, and Iran refuses to meet with Mr. Trump.

It reminds me of a famous line from the American comic, Rodney Dangerfield, I just cant get no respect!

China refuses to back off of even giving up extorting US companies to give up all of their patent rights on anything they manufacture in China. Although Veterans Today has been a huge critic of Trump, we have supported his sanctions on China, as China has effectively been sanctioning US companies for a long time. When China was buying a huge chunk of our annual debt, one could understand the tradeoff being made there, but China is no longer buying US debt. It is buying foreign companies and gold.

I am suspicious tha...

18:00

After 100 Years, Socialism Comes to America "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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In what has to be one of the great unmentioned political ironies, it has taken an entire century for the United States to catch up with the world it claims to be leading. And had it not been for the lone independent Senator, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, it would still not have happened, even as the other major twentieth century political movement, fascism, appears for a second round.

Lets step back for a moment and consider that timeline: in 1917, the Russian Tsar was brought down by a Marxist-inspired revolution led by Vladimir Lenin. The United States led a five-year long unsuccessful war against the Reds in an effort to save white Russia. Meanwhile, in Germany and Hungary, socialists tried to establish workers councils, leading, in Germany, to what became known as the Weimar Republic. In 1922, Adolph Hitler led a failed coup, but with Germanys socialists too timid to prevent the rise of Nazism, by 1933 German industrialists were so afraid of their ideas that they allowed Hitler to become Chancellor.

Italian Fascism and German Nazism ultimately became so unacceptable to American and British capitalists, that they joined the anti-Nazi effort in World War II. Following that, they opposed a worldwide socialist movement, mainly by Cold War means, although Europe was permitted to create social democracies. For the last 65 years, the old continent flourished under this system that left industry in private hands while ensuring wide safety nets for workers, while the United States did its utmost to contain even that attenuated form of socialism, through what became known as neo-liberalism, re-privatizing industry and cutting back the working populations gains by imposing austerity.

By 2016, in neo-liberalisms home country a stagnant so-called middle class (a euphemism for the Marxist-inspired and therefor taboo term working class) became so desperate that a social democrat named Bernie Sanders was able to draw the attention of its children. At first the Democratic Party with which Sanders voted in the Senate pretended to look the other way, assuming that ideas which had b...

17:31

Kim Jong-nam murder suspects one step closer to death "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Malaysian court moves ahead with death penalty case against two foreign female suspects widely viewed as scapegoats for a North Korean state sponsored crime


Two Southeast Asian women on trial for the February 2017 murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Koreas leader, were ordered today by a High Court in Malaysia to mount a defense against prosecution claims, dashing certain hopes that the accused would be acquitted and released on grounds of insufficient evidence.

Trial judge Azmi Ariffin ruled that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 26, and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 29, both of whom had pleaded not guilty when their trial opened last October. The pair, who are the only suspects in custody in connection with the killing by poison, face a mandatory death sentence if convicted.

The Malaysian judge could not rule out the possibility of a well-planned conspiracy between the two women and several North Korean operatives still at large, suggesting the accused had a common intention to carry out the killing. The order will extend the closely watched trial, which is set to resume in November with Siti as its first witness.

We are deeply disappointed with the ruling, said Gooi Soon Seng, Sitis lawyer, in remarks to reporters. It doesnt mean the court has found them guilty. The court wants to hear their version, he said. Doan also intends to testify in court, though it is unclear when she will do so.

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17:22

Between garbage and sewage: Israels future plans for Khan al-Ahmar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

To avoid being transferred to a garbage dump in East Jerusalem, the villagers of Khan al-Ahmar will have to convince three other Bedouin communities to evacuate the area. After that, they can live near a wastewater site.

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A child looks on at the remains of demolished homes in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, July 4, 2018. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

A child looks on at the remains of demolished homes in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, July 4, 2018. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

Since the mid-1970s, Israel has been working to drive Palestinians out of the West Bank area which lies east of Jerusalem. Special efforts have been invested in emptying the Maale Adumim bubble the sizable swath of land extending eastwards, from the outskirts of East Jerusalem about halfway to Jordan, to be enclosed by the planned separation barrier of Palestinians. These efforts are explicit, ongoing, and violent.

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Nonetheless, the states recent brazen admission of its intentions before the High Court of Justice, in its response to a new petition against demolishing the village Khan al-Ahmar, is a new low.

To justify the forcible transfer of Palestinians out of their homes, the state peppered the court with formalistic arguments based on the rule of law, context be damned. The residents of Khan al-Ahmar were accused of building illegally, as tho...

16:55

Canada vs. Saudi Arabia: Illusions and Reality "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The Canadian government finds itself caught in a dilemma of its own making, skewered on the spear of its own hypocrisy, and left to dangle in the wind by its supposed allies, as a result of its demand that Saudi Arabia release a woman who criticised the Saudi womens rights policies. There has been all sorts of frenzied analysis in Canada trying to justify Canadas hypocrisy in this affair and its subsequent isolation internationally. Most commentators are locked into liberal illusions. None have spoken about the reality.

Some have claimed its the result of a plot by the Americans, others that it is an overreaction by a hard-line Saudi government trying to justify its internal policies.

Others, like the self-proclaimed philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, in an article in RT on August 12, and with a title alluding another new world order, claims that it is a sign that the west has abandoned its human rights crusade; that the alleged clash of civilisations, a construct of certain American foreign policy apologists, has given way to the peaceful coexistence of civilisations, which he sadly aments. Yes, that is what he wrote, believe it or not. For him, butting out of other countries affairs by the west, peaceful coexistence, is an obscenity since the West will no longer be allowed to impose its standards on others and all ways of life will be treated as equal.

He goes on to complain that the Saudi reaction is supported by the left, this mysterious left supposedly claiming the reaction is anticolonial and therefore to be supported, though I have seen no leftist say any such thing. But Zizek is very good at erecting straw men and then knocking them down and he does so in order to get to his real position where he writes,

Leftists who for a long time criticized the US pretension to be the global policeman may begin to long for the old times when, with all hypocrisy included, the US imposed democratic standards around the world.

What democratic standards he is referring to is a mystery since the USA has destroyed democracies around the world and knows none in its own territory. He seems to be ignorant of history, for the claim by the US that it is bringing democracy has been a justification for every war of aggression it has ever waged. But this is the cru...

15:54

Want to combat Israeli authoritarianism? Listen to Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Jewish and international observers are constantly having to catch up to what Palestinians have always known about Israel. This needs to change.

Israeli police arrests a Palestinian protester at a demonstration for the release of hunger striker Mohammad Allan, outside of Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, Israel. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Illustrative photo of Israeli police arresting a Palestinian protester. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

In his 1963 book The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin wrote a profound personal letter to his young nephew (also named James), in which he poignantly described the dehumanizing world that Black people must face in America:

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You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity. Wherever you have turned, James, in your short time on this earth, you have been told where you could go and what you could do (and how you could do it) and where you could live and whom you could marry. I know your countrymen do not agree with me about this, and I hear them saying You exaggerate. [emphasis mine]

This passage captures a critical component of racial inequality. When people under oppression try to articulate the inj...

14:56

The Unpleasant Truth About The 1941 Parachuting Of Rudolf Hess In England (II) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

There is no doubt that we are now deep into speculation about whatever proposal Hess made to England, but in reality, this wasn't the main point of his mission. And independently of the exact terms that were discussed, what was to happen next dissipates any cloud of mystery, be it thin or thick.

The post The Unpleasant Truth About The 1941 Parachuting Of Rudolf Hess In England (II) appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:25

UN Sanction Monitor: US Stands by While ISIS In Syria Recuperates, Gains Money from Oil "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

'Western' media continue to play down the Idleb problem and al-Qaeda's influence there. Their 'experts' cry crocodiles tears about the upcoming Syrian operation. But these ain't 'moderate rebels'. Al-Qaeda in Syria, under the Nusra or HTS label, continues to be a danger not only to the local population and not only to Syria. It must be eliminated as soon as possible.

12:55

The Baltic States Never Stop Their War Preparations Against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

NATO talking about how Russia is threatening the Baltic states (or whoever) is like the pot calling the kettle black.

12:25

US-Turkish Alliance Reaches the Point of No Return "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Erdogan said that Turkey is considering other markets and political alternatives to its strategic partnership with Washington. Trump is seriously underestimating the potency of Turkish nationalism, which is rising to a crescendo.

12:07

Interview 1377 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-07-26%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the FBI have their hands all over the Taos compound story; Iran (and China) fire back at US sanctions; and the Club of Rome recycles 45 year old Armageddon propaganda.

11:55

America the Punitive "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

What do Russia, Turkey and Iran have in common? All are on the receiving end of punitive action by the United States over allegations of misbehavior that have not been demonstrated.

10:55

Italy"s NATO Racket... A Bridge Too Far "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The biggest threat to European citizens is the way Washington and its NATO racket is bleeding Europe of financial resources.

07:49

Ecuador: The False Lenin "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This endangers ALBAs unity and overall cohesiveness as a stabilizing force of multipolar change in the continent, and it also represents an unexpected historical quirk because of how counterintuitive it is that a man named after Lenin would so closely collaborate with America on this neo-imperial scheme.

The post Ecuador: The False Lenin appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

06:00

Another day, Another Bunch of Civilians Dying under American Bombs "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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There seems to be no logical explanation for the fact that time after time again one comes across reports of US-led coalitions dropping ordinance upon the heads of innocent people, instead of specifically targeting militants and terrorists. Unfortunately, this is a rather commonplace occurrence just like the ever rising temperature of our planet, triggered by the irresponsible behavior of all sorts of elites

Just recently, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, Nasrat Rahimi announced that yet another erroneous US airstrike on August 7 in the Afghan province of Logar resulted in the death of 9 people, with another 15 Afghan police officers wounded.

It should be noted that this wasnt the only incident involving US-led coalition forces that resulted in the deaths of Afghan law enforcement officers over the last couple of weeks. A similar incident occurred at the end of June in the northern province of Kunduz, where an ill-conceived drone strike resulted in multiple deaths of law enforcement agents and civilians on June 26, as was reported by the Associated Press.

The civilian death toll in Afghanistan in the first 6 months of 2018 reached 1,692 people, according to the latest UN report. However, what is even more disturbing is that more than of all civilian casualties were attributed to airstrikes of the Afghan Air Force. The remaining 45% perished under the bombs and missiles of the so-called Western coalition.

Therefore, it is not surprising that, even in its report, the UN calls on the Western coalition in Afghanistan and, above all, the US to take all possible steps to prevent civilian deaths in the course of repeated air strikes.

Previously, NEO has already studied the inadmissible price that civilians across the Middle East continue paying for Washingtons military presence in the region. There has also been a study on the impact of habitual drug use in the US military a...

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Wednesday, 15 August

19:44

As Israel enshrines Jewish superiority, whats next for its Palestinian citizens? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With the passing of the Jewish Nation-State Law, Israel has fundamentally redefined its relationship with its Palestinian minority. Now, Arab citizens are coming together to fight a law that entrenches their second-class status.

Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jewish supporters protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, August 11, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jewish supporters protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, August 11, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Tamer Nafar, the famed Palestinian rapper from the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lyd, said he regrets not participating in the Arab-led protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law last Saturday. Yet he believes he would have regretted joining the demonstration just as much.

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Nafar, one of the progenitors of the hip hop scene in the Middle East, has built his career crafting sharp, punching lines that describe the reality of Israels Palestinians. His hesitation reflects a larger sense of unpreparedness  but not surprise from the full impact of the Jewish Nation-State Law, which enshrined a superior set of rights for Jewish Israelis last month, and the direction in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus right-wing government is headed.

Its...

18:15

Dangerous Anti-China Cult Panders to Trump Supporters "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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President Trump increasingly surrounds himself with anti-China fanatics, but in reality, his supporters may  find the truth about the Chinese Communist Party and Xi Jinping to be quite inspiring.

When Donald Trump addressed his supporters in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, among those in attendance were members of an extremist, religious organization dedicated to toppling the Chinese government. The Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, distributed leaflets throughout the crowd promoting its publication Epoch Times stating that it is dedicated to exposing communism.

However, the reality of the Falun Gong is not hard to find out, for those who really want to know the truth. Falun Gong has openly advocated the execution of homosexuals. The group believes that womens suffrage is a sign of societal decay in a dharma ending period. The organization opposes interracial marriage, arguing that people of mixed racial backgrounds are without souls.

The organization glorifies feudalism in China, and sees the Chinese Communist Partys efforts to modernize the country, improve human rights, and raise the overall standard of living as a deviation from the natural order of ancient times when peasants knew their place serving natural superiors in the landowning class. The practices of the Falun Gong are rooted in the primitive, superstitious rituals intended to glorify this repressive structure.

Chinas rise as a country has largely been rooted in the struggle to modernize. Dr. Sun Yat...

14:53

To Hell With U.S. Jobs, Lets Get Iran! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump and his allies are trying to push Iran into a corner and provoke it to lash out at US forces that are poised around it. A navel clash in the Gulf is the obvious pretext for war.

The post To Hell With U.S. Jobs, Lets Get Iran! appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:25

"Too Big to Fail": Russia-gate One Year After VIPS Showed a Leak, Not a Hack "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism, comments Patrick Lawrence.

12:55

US FY 2019 Defense Budget Becomes Law "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This is a defense budget of confrontation giving preference to pressure instead of negotiations and diplomacy.

12:25

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Sweden Democrats rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.

11:55

NATO Repeats the Great Mistake of the Warsaw Pact "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The NATO expansion which the legendary George Kennan presciently warned against in vain continues to drive the world the closer towards the threat of thermonuclear war.

Tuesday, 14 August

23:40

Welcome to Netanyahus fortress state "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The detention and interrogation of high-profile figures such as Peter Beinart and Reza Aslan at Israeli entry points is forcing liberal American Jews to reckon with what Israel is becoming.

A giant portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law, Tel Aviv, July 30, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

A giant portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law, Tel Aviv, July 30, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Over the last month, the Israeli and international media reported several incidents involving Shin Bet agents at ports of entry to Israel detaining prominent Jewish Americans for lengthy, aggressive questioning about their political views.

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Meyer Koplow, chair of Brandeis Universitys Board of Trustees and a prominent donor to Israeli causes, was detained before his flight out of Ben Gurion Airport and questioned because security agents found in his suitcase a brochure about Palestine.

Moriel Rothman-Zecher, an Israeli citizen who lives in the U.S., was detained and questioned at the airport and warned against his continued involvement with left-wing Israeli organizations....

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