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Muslim Family Claims Discrimination at Airport

John on January 2, 2007 at 1:03 pm

I missed this one while celebrating New Years Eve. Here’s the story from KGET, Bakersfield (video here):

Magidah Shehadeh was anticipating a warm and joyous holiday weekend with the visit of her father- a German Muslim, but that did not happen. He was allegedly detained by the customs and border protection agency and the FBI at McCarron International Airport in Las Vegas, refused entry, and sent back to Germany.

“You wonder about the state of civil liberties about the whole system,” Shehadeh said.

The family claims he was treated poorly and prevented from taking his heart medication. Needless to say, CAIR has already issued a press release:

According to his family, 62-year-old Majed Shehadeh is being held after arriving at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport on Thursday. Family members say Shehadeh was interrogated for a total of more than 12 hours by officials with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the FBI. He was also allegedly placed in a cold cell with some 25 other people and a single toilet, and prevented from taking prescribed heart medication for 20 hours.

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“We call on the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to explain why Mr. Shehadeh was barred from entering the United States and ask that his treatment in detention be reviewed to determine if proper procedures are being followed,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “These types of incidents have the potential to further damage our nation’s image in Europe and the Muslim world.”

Only a few media outlets have picked up on it so far. Updates as they come…

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