UK Jew hate on steroids.
After landing in London, Cantor made his way to the customs agent. Once it was his turn to hand over his passport, everything proceeded smoothly, Cantor said, until the agent saw the stamps on his passport revealing that Cantor had traveled to Israel several times. With that, according to Cantor, the border security agent walked away with Cantor’s passport, and a long nightmare began.
About 45 minutes later, another border security agent brought Chip to an interview room, which was like a holding cell, and was told that “if he changed any of his answers to any questions, he was going to go to prison,” Chip’s father, Chuck, said. The father also said that a woman in a burka came to the cell and photographed and fingerprinted the 23 year old.
This same woman, according to Chuck Cantor, said to Chip, “We’re putting your name and fingerprints and photos into a database. From now on it is going to be very difficult for you to ever travel in the United Kingdom or anywhere in the E.U. It will be up to each individual country to decide if they want to admit you.”
Is it possible that an American – true, a Jewish one – was detained for nine hours after landing in England to begin what was to be a summer job and then, after being subjected to anti-Semitic comments and threats, was kicked out? The 23 year old American was kept in a holding cell, denied all but the meanest of basic necessities, had his passport and luggage taken away, was treated to several nasty anti-Semitic remarks, and then was kicked out of the country as if he were a criminal. All of this happened, it appears, because the young man had several Israeli stamps on his passport.
It is a story that has taken a little while to get its sea legs, but one which people should begin hearing more about.
Louis Schlezinger “Chip” Cantor is from Kansas City, Kansas. He spent his gap year on a Young Judea program in Israel, and has been there several other times as well. This fall Cantor will be a senior at Florida Gulf State University.
During the school year Cantor made arrangements to work in London this summer with Shilling Communications. He left for England late on May 29.
A tale of shocking treatment by airport border security of a western country, one that is ostensibly an ally of both the United States and Israel, was described in an article in Cantor’s hometown Jewish paper, the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.