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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli airport security officers made an African American member of the New York-based Alvin Ailey dance troupe perform steps for them before letting him enter the country, the group said on Tuesday.
The group said airport officials had provided no explanation about the treatment of Abdur-Rahim Jackson, who has a Muslim father but is engaged to a fellow dancer who is Jewish with a large family in Israel.
Originally posted by lee anoma
I thought after the video of the Israeli guards making the Palestinian man play the violin to pass by, the irony of that sort of dehumanizing abuse would have sunk in.
"The officers then told him, 'If you are a dancer, then dance', so he showed them some dance moves."
The spokesman said Jackson was no stranger to this kind behavior because he had been asked to do the same during a visit to the Dominican Republic.