Concerning bad treatment at Ben Gurion Airport
Jerusalem on January 22nd 2001
Honorable Ehud Barak
Prime Minister’s Office
Subject: Bad treatment at Ben Gurion Airport
Salaam and greetings from our Lutheran Church,
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.
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.