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The racial profiling Trump so admires doesn't even work in Israel

State-sanctioned racial profiling in Israel means that Arab citizens are subject to detention, body and property searches at any time, despite research showing such methods cause more harm than good.

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.

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