Jewish scholar’s cry: TSA thugs stopped me, but not a Muslim
By Philip Messing
February 7, 2014
A renowned Jewish scholar was stopped at JFK Airport by suspicious TSA screeners who interrogated her and searched her bags after they saw her reading a Jewish periodical with a conservative editorial stance, according to a published account.
Phyllis Chesler, 72, a noted academic and professor who has written extensively about anti-Semitism, honor killings and feminist issues, says the incident occurred Wednesday after her planned flight to Florida was cancelled and she began reading The Jewish Press, according to an account in that newspaper.
Chesler griped that after she was stopped, another woman who appeared to be a Muslim – she was wearing a niqab, or an Islamic head covering that hides a woman’s entire face except for her eyes – was able to continue on to her destination without being detained.
“Chesler noticed that as soon as she took out the paper [The Jewish Forward], one of the security agents looked at her sharply,” the Jewish Forward’s account notes.