August 6, 2010, 11:36 AM ET
U. of Miami President Is Halted at Israeli Airport
Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami, was detained and interrogated for two hours at Ben-Gurion Airport on her way back to the United States after a visit to Israel last month, according to the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. She was subjected to a "humiliating" security debriefing because of her Arab last name, the newspaper reported. Ms. Shalala, a former U.S. secretary of health and human services, had been among a delegation of American university presidents organized in part to protest the academic boycott of Israeli universities, and to discuss a medical school being built in northern Israel as a joint venture between Miami and Israel's Bar-Ilan University.
Update: In a statement issued after returning to the United States, Ms. Shalala said: "While I was inconvenienced, Israel's security and the security of travelers is far more important. I have been going in and out of Israel for many years and expect to visit again."