Ben Gurion International Airport

Israel's questioning of U.S. activist raises concerns of government pressure on groups

The hourlong detention of a San Francisco Jewish community leader at Israel’s largest international airport stirred accusations Thursday of a government campaign against organizations opposed to policies in the occupied West Bank.

Jennifer Gorovitz had landed at Ben Gurion International Airport on Wednesday night after a 14-hour flight from San Francisco to participate in a board meeting of the New Israel Fund when an passport official began questioning her about her involvement with the group and her itinerary in Israel.

Gorovitz, a New Israel Fund vice president and a former chief executive at the Jewish Community Federation in San...

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