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Israeli security allowed to seek check of tourists’ e-mailvendredi 26 avril 2013
If you’re a tourist arriving in Israel, you might be asked to give authorities a look at your personal e-mail, in addition to your travel documents.
Israel’s attorney general said Wednesday that Shin Bet, the country’s internal security force, can search a foreign traveler’s e-mail, but only in exceptional cases in which "relevant suspicious signs" are observed. Israel says the practice is another way to fight terrorism.
The threat of using foreign citizens for terrorist purposes is a growing trend, the Israeli Attorney General’s Office said in a written response to an inquiry filed by an Israeli human rights group.
Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, told CNN : "Security may under the law demand this, but no one is forced to open their accounts to anyone they don’t want to."