Letter of complain from the Lutheran Bishop to Mr. Ehud Barak

Concerning bad treatment at Ben Gurion Airport

Jerusalem on January 22nd 2001

 Honorable Ehud Barak

Prime Minister

Prime Minister’s Office


Subject: Bad treatment at Ben Gurion Airport

            Dear Mr. Barak,

            Salaam and greetings from our Lutheran Church,

            On January 11th, 2001 when I was at Ben Gurion Airport on my way to the Norway, I was treated in a humiliating way by security personal of the Airport. Although I showed them my VIP-card, issued by the State of Israel, and the letter of recommendation issued by Dr. Nissim Dana from the Ministry of Religious affairs – Department for the Christian Communities (couples attached)! Nevertheless was ordered to be checked in a humiliating way.

This is not the first time I was maltreated at Ben Gurion Airport. Letters of protests were previously sent to Ministry of Religious Affairs – Department for Christian Communities and to the acting Minister of Religious Affairs himself (copies attached) but to no avail.

I do strongly protest against this treatment. I do hope that such malpractices would stop forever, and that church leaders would be finally treated with some respect and dignity, a self-evident treatment for any human being.

With all my prayers for a just, comprehensive and durable peace for all of us, Israelis and Palestinians, I remain.

Yours sincerely

Bishop Munib Younan
The Lutheran Bishop in Jerusalem

Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church – Jerusalem

Cc: The Rt. Bishop Christian Krause, President –LWR, Geneva

       The very Rev. Dr, Ishmael Noko, General Secretary – LWF, Geneva

       The Heads of Christian Communities in Jerusalem

       Mr. Yossi Beilin, Acting Minister (Religious Affairs)

       Dr. Nissim Dana, Director, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dpt. Christian Communities.