Last 29 October I flew to Dublin to attend the ARABMED conference. I boarded in Vienna, transferred to another plane in Frankfurt, and finally arrived in Dublin. When I flew back on from Dublin 1 November, the route also included a stopover with plane change at Frankfurt airport. Between my flight to Dublin and my flight back things changed. Unfortunately, during the week before I flew to Ireland, an English official complained about the superfluous airport security measures in England, saying more or less that England should go its own way and implement more sensible measures. The response by those making money out of the wholesale harassment and denigration of passengers at airports under the label of “security” came fast: on the same day when I traveled, they put in scene the laughable as convenient show of an “explosive toner cartridge”.
The invented story had so many holes that they were forced to retract and change almost all details within 2 days: the poor student in Yemen had nothing to do with the incident, no airplanes travel from Yemen to England or the US, no cargo airplanes had departed from Yemen to anywhere several days before the alleged incident, etc. But the lies had the effect they were intended to achieve: massive paranoia erupted in the media, and the people making lots of money out of harassing and insulting passengers in airports could relax in the knowledge that even more money would be paid to them so that they could increase the intensity of their insulting behavior, now that “security” was required again. (Click on the small image to make it bigger).
Harassment at Frankfurt Airport
On Monday November 1 I passed through Frankfurt Airport as a transit passenger. Both Dublin and Frankfurt are Europeans countries, but Ireland is not party to the Schengen accord. In my judgment, most passengers from Dublin were EU citizens. We had passed the security control at Dublin-airport and took the airplane directly to Frankfurt.
In Frankfurt, a bus picked us up from the Lufthansa plane and to the transit terminal, where we had passed through the German police pass-control since we were coming from outside of the Schengen area; we went ahead directly to Gate B to wait for our connection to Vienna, another EU and Schengen country. At the entrance of Gate B I came what I had never seen at EU airports. Suddenly I found myself in long queue, what I found strange because we had already been checked. The security thugs at the checkpoint were backed up by police, and the treatment was as if everybody was suspect, accused of being a terrorist.
Al passengers were subjected to some kind of inhuman treatment at the hands of these so-called “security” people, vile thugs. I saw children crying after the thugs had forced them to take off their shoes which had already been checked three times before. After the electronic gate, there was a second horde of disgusting thugs, men and women, waiting for their victims. These so-called “security controllers” were checking the bodies of the passengers by hand, heartily grabbing the breasts of women and the private parts of men and women, and then by checking them with an electronic tool. After these checks, people had to take off their shoes for the third “checking” while people were left waiting like dogs, or garbage or criminals. The mood was depressing. People were terrorized under the frightening glares of the gateway thugs, shocked at being treated as if they were terrorists or criminals.
I was watching all this horror with disgust because of the level of inhumanity with which the Europeans allowed themselves to be treated, all because companies owned by zionists or using methods devised in israel make money by treating them in this way. When it was my time to pass through the electronic gate, I was already depressed of all what I had seen during these minutes. The tears of children were crying for their shoes or the humiliation which their parent silently went through, the arrogance with which the passengers before me were humiliated. I passed through the electronic gate, and there already was a woman waiting, she jumped on me like a wild animal. Her small eyes full of hatred disappeared in her face and I doubt that she was able so see anything. She started groping my body in an extremely abusive and insulting way with her hands.
I asked myself how many of the victims of this wretched shame to all women thought about revenge for their insulted dignity. I was reminded at that moment in Frankfurt of when I was standing in front of the Israeli soldiers at the disgusting israeli checkpoints, who always behaved in this improper and humiliating way. Those thuggish procedures of humiliation, insults to the human dignity, the thuggish behavior at the israeli checkpoints is calculated and has the ONLY purpose to insult, demean, provoke. The procedures implemented at Frankfurt and other European airports are exactly those which the criminal jewish occupiers of Palestine use at their checkpoints throughout the West Bank.
These harassment methods are implemented by companies which either belong to israelis or by personnel which has been trained in these disgusting procedures by israelis. They have NOTHING to do with security and EVERYTHING to do with making money for zionists on the backs of millions of innocent airplane passengers. Those Israeli companies are working freely at Germany airport with the knowledge and the approval of the German government.
After the thug woman finished groping me, she made a show of using an electronic device to control my body (again!) and underwear. She then ordered me to stand in a strange and demeaning way on one foot, to raise my shoes towards her face (I thought that she wanted to sniff them), apparently to examine if there was dirt stuck on my soles while walking in the airport. I had to repeat this acrobatic exercise twice. She then ordered me to go with her to a corner, where she ripped my shoes off before I even knew what was going on. I asked her if she enjoyed engaging in such disgusting Nazi behavior. She answered that she knew that what she is doing is horrible, and she took my shoes and disappeared. I saw her running with my shoes to another section of the airport. She was carrying my shoes like a trophy, as if she had already found a bomb. I was only able to regard the behavior of this thug as improper for sane persons, I didn’t know if my anger at her insulting demeanor or my pity at her wretchedness was greater when I saw her with my shoes
She returned after a while, carrying my shoes and with a look like a deflated balloon. The triumphal and arrogant demeanor had vanished from her face. I was putting my shoes on after my encounter with the thuggess when I noticed another “security” grabbing my camera from the tray and asking in an unfriendly way if the camera belonged to me. I answered yes it’s mine and be careful because you could damage my camera in the way how you are grabbing it, it’s expensive and I doubt that you will pay it if you destroy it. He said “yes I know but I need to make an explosive check for it”. Now I was angry: “What did you say? Are you crazy?”.
A policeman who looked like the fat cousin of Obelix came and asked if everything was OK. I said no, everything is not OK and this asshole is destroying my dignity and making me feel like a criminal. I am a journalist not a terrorist. Who will compensate me if you don’t find explosives in my camera and break it? You are destroying my dignity and treating me like a criminal. You are assholes and I am coming with you to make your shitty explosive check to my camera. I think that they were shocked as they said no word after my outbreak.
I was now very angry and worried about my camera as the second thug was holding it in a way which could have broken it. I now regarded the whole behavior of these thugs as nothing but criminal. I went with the thug to another area where he gave my camera to a guy hiding under a staircase with a giant scanner. They passed a small piece of paper over the lens exactly where the thug had grabbed it, inserted it into the machine. It was the same place were my shoes were scanned for “security”. Of course they found nothing, it is JUST BUSINESS.
I was one among dozens of persons of dark skin who passed through this checkpoint. The blonde passengers passed with less trouble than us. This made me wonder: is there racial profiling being implemented at the airport in Frankfurt? Racism would not surprise me at all in business done by israeli methods. The kind of treatment which I received in Frankfurt is exactly what I have lived through all my life at israeli checkpoints, inclusive accusations of being a terrorist simply for being a Palestinian and not giving in to the European criminals who steal everything and murder us at will.
Europeans and Americans who think of themselves superior to Arabs, who see us Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims collectively as terrorists and who think that whatever happens to us is deserved, who think that the crimes perpetrated by the zionists against us Palestinians will never happen to them, think again. The “security” show at airports all over the world is exactly what happens at the over 600 checkpoints of the IDF across the West Bank. What I experienced in Frankfurt and to a lesser degree at the airports in Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris CDG, München, Hamburg, Barcelona, Madrid, etc. is exactly the demeaning procedure to which Palestinians are subjected on a daily basis in our homeland. If you have used an airport during the last years in Europe or the USA, then you have had a taste of what it is to be a Palestinian, disrespected, assumed to be criminal until proven innocent instead of being seen as innocent until proven guilty, bullied by thugs who can always make your day more miserable. The only meaningful difference between the israeli checkpoints and the harassment at the airports is that people using an airport in most places must not (yet) fear being shot, beaten up or abducted for indefinite amounts of time by the thugs manning the checkpoint.
Explosive Parcels At Airports Are An Israeli Game
Israeli involvement in airport “security” is on record. My own previous experience with israeli “security” includes being solicited for sex by an israeli at the checkpoint at the entrance of terminal 2E in Paris CDG in 2004. Israelis doing “security” have reportedly been spotted harassing people at airports and the “security” of airports involved in the 911 crime were all run by one israeli company. While Fraport, the company which runs the Frankfurt airport does not disclose who subcontracts the security, what is going on there is a very strong hint at israeli involvement. Israel sells “security” in many forms, as training packages, by taking over services related to “protection” of persons and premises, by analyzing information, etc.
Israeli checkpoint inculture. Will we see such images at European airports soon?
I have been told by a person related to the security profession that israeli methods are seen as generally ineffective and having no advantage over practices from other origins. According to this person, israeli methods in the field of security rely on raw and excessive violence, bluster and bullying, and are far more likely than non-israeli methods in the field of security to provoke attack or retaliation even from parties not related to an ongoing operation, thus heightening the danger to the protected person or premise. This corresponds to the typical behavior of israelis which I remember from Palestine: there is no security problem in Palestine apart from the israelis themselves, so they provoke people in many ways trying to find any reason to brutalize or shoot somebody.
Today, about a week later, a conference about “airport security” takes place in
israel, with representatives from many countries invited, among them Germany, Italy, Panama, USA, India, Brazil, . Of course, israeli companies get to sell new methods of thuggery and expensive gadgets, like robots and other redundant harassment tools. I find this remarkable because it normally takes months to prepare a conference involving people from out of country. It should be legitimate to ask if this whole thing was prepared and enacted beforehand by israeli interests in the “security” business, and as things look now, the only ones who stand to benefit handsomely from this scam are israeli companies. Taiwan
During the last days several articles have been published about the increasing trouble as which the airport “security” scam is seen as in various countries. Beginning with the complaint of Mr. Broughton of British Airlines and concluding, as I write this, with a letter of an American pilots union. It appears that more and more people have just had enough of this scam, but there is not yet a conclusive way to get the problem under control. I wonder why. Europeans and Americans have democracy at least in name, and there should be many avenues to approach the problem, political, legal, by societal pressure. For example, half of the shares of Fraport belong to the city of Frankfurt and to the German Federal State of Hessen. Why is it not possible to interest the politicians of that place in the disgraceful behavior of their company against millions of innocent people for no reason other than immense profit?
Will this be how dark-skinned women are searched at airports soon?
by Kawther Salam
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