Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was right when he said a week after the massacre in Orlando that Israel profiles Muslims as a counterterrorism tool.
I recently had the opportunity to personally experience the selection process between Jewish and Arab citizens. On my way back late at night from a Ramadan visit to Ramallah, my taxi was stopped for a routine inspection at an Israeli checkpoint. I had often passed through the checkpoint in my own car, was greeted by the guard and waved on. This time, a quick glance at the driver’s face and a peek at his identity card were enough to send us to the lane reserved for special inspections. The ID card was blue, just like mine: Israeli-issued.