Israel Advocacy Earns Hours of US Interrogation (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Uzi Baruch 04/07/12)
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Israel Talks chairman Boris Dolin was detained in the US after he
told authorities at the airport in Philadelphia that has been engaged
in Israel advocacy in Peru.
"This morning I landed in Philadelphia as part of a private visit.
When immigration officials asked why I visited the U.S. several
times, I said I was doing public relations," Dolin told Arutz Sheva.
"They argued that this means that I work in the US – contrary to my
visa terms – and therefore almost deprived me of the permanent visa,"
"When I tried to explain that we are volunteers and, moreover that we
are a relatively young organization. that some of the costs are
incurred personally, they refused to believe me," he said.
Dolin says he was interrogated for hours about his previous trips to
the United States, "I was kept in a side room, my phone was taken
from me, and I was left alone for long periods to dry out a bit."
"Finally, after seeing our website they decided there was a chance
they are wrong and that the episode could get them in trouble," he
went on. "I was allowed into the US with restrictions, for a short
time, without the possibility of extension."
"I also was told not to return to the US for the duration of the
year," Dolin said. "Meanwhile, I missed the connecting flight and got
stuck in Philadelphia."
Dolin says Israel Talks has been doing Israel advocacy work for about
"We visited Moscow, Warsaw and the U.S. – New York, San Francisco and
Los Angeles. Our goal is to spread the Jewish-Israeli narrative and
remind the world of who we are and why we are in the Middle East."
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/07/12)
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