July 1, 2011, - 5:56 am

Israel SHOULD Be On ICE Terrorist Screening List: Conservative Media Lie About Illegal Alien Checks

By Debbie Schlussel

I’ve been a frequent critic of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but now, I have to defend it against a scurrilous lie perpetrated by most in the echo chamber that is the right-wing blogosphere:  that Obama and ICE put Israel on a terrorist list as a country that promotes terrorism.  Never happened.  It’s a complete lie.  And this isn’t just a case of “crying wolf,” it’s far worse because it’s an attack on important national security measures that ICE took against Arab Muslims from Israel who come here to perpetrate Islamic terrorism.


Conservative Blogosphere Needs to Stop Lying About Israel & ICE Terrorist Screening List

The falsehood is among several  stories that are total lies are making the rounds, and predictably the group-think sheeple on the right buy into the falsehoods, without a second of critical thinking and analysis.  Another is the WorldNutDaily fabrication, claiming that Delta agreed to Saudi rules and refuses to fly Jews.  Totally false.  Delta doesn’t even fly there.  More about that in another post.  Back to the latest is the story claiming that Obama’s ICE put Israel on a list of “countries promoting terrorism.”  Absolute bunk.  Not true.

The story, by the incompetent, often-fabricating Conservative News Service (which also published as fact, with zero evidence, Sean Hannity’s claim he paid for the private planes for his Freedom Concerts, when he did not and couldn’t produce any proof).  This BS story about Obama adding Israel to this alleged terrorist list was regurgitated by frequent fabricator Scamela Geller, the car loan fraud scamming multi-millionairess who used Muslim straw buyers in her scheme and whose one honest employee (who was talking to police) was suddenly murdered.  Not only is the story about Israel on a terrorist list complete baloney, but BS stories like this are hurting the scant few efforts the Obamaniks are actually making to screen Islamic terrorists.  Clearly  neither of these parties–nor Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” and NewsMax, both of which joined car loan defrauder Geller in repeating the false story–know how to read.

Here’s the real story: ICE detains illegal aliens and deports them through its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division.  ICE has a terrorist database it uses to screen aliens it arrests , known as the Terrorist Watchlist screening.  Again, these are used on aliens who are non-detained (arrested, but not jailed–they are later release, thus “non-detained”).  But detained aliens from Specially Designated Countries, mostly Muslim countries–and now, Israel–are screened through an additional list–the Third Agency Check (TAC).  (In Fiscal Year 2009, there were only 1,521 such aliens detained–that means, arrested and jailed inside the U.S.–who were screened against this third list.)  Again, this extra screening is not applied to any people from these countries when they enter the U.S. legally.  It’s only applied to aliens that ICE agents arrest and keep in jail (detention), which is a paltry number–again, in 2009, only 1,521.

The list of the Specially Designated Countries (SDCs)  appeared in a recently released report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, entitled “Supervision of Aliens Commensurate with Risk.” And while it’s true that the report describes the countries on the list–most of which are Muslim nations–as countries “that have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members,” that’s not why Israel is on the list.  It’s on the list because of the large number of Israeli Arabs who have Israeli citizenship and passports, but who identify with the Palestinians and support and/or are part of Islamic terrorist groups.  Should we not have extra screening for those people merely because they have Israeli documents?  Only if you’re a moron. . . or a jihadist.

It’s not like the government can write on the document, we will screen only Israeli Arabs and Muslim detained aliens and not Jews.  That would result in a million ACLU and CAIR Action Network lawsuits.  But how many Jews from Israel do you think enter the U.S. illegally and are arrested and detained by ICE agents?  ICE only “detains”–that is, arrests and long-term jails–dangerous aliens who have criminal records with violent crimes and/or terrorism.

We know that there are plenty of Muslim Arabs who have Israeli citizenship who come to America with Israeli passports and documents, yet they identify as and with “Palestinians.”  Some have been caught planning terrorist attacks and/or have been involved in other crimes, including money-laundering, etc.  Some come here to raise money for and/or engage in planning for terrorist attacks on Jews and Christians back in Israel, and Israel wants to know their whereabouts.  Now, they will be checked as carefully as those from the other Muslim countries on the list.  This is a good thing.  The only scary thing is that in Fiscal Year 2009, only 1,521 detained aliens were subject to that additional screening, when we know there are far more detained illegal aliens who should get that screening.  Frankly, I think every alien–especially every Muslim and/or Arab alien–regardless of whether they are detained or whether they are from the countries on ICE’s list, should be checked against the additional list.  A Muslim from Great Britain can be as or even more dangerous than one from Kuwait.  Just ask the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid.

So, I guess Scamela Geller and her fellow morons at Conservative News Service, NewsMax, and The Blaze don’t want us to screen Arab Muslims with Israeli passports–the paltry few of them that we actually have the guts to capture, arrest, AND detain on U.S. soil.  An “Israeli” Arab who was an exchange student at a Florida high school openly endorsed jihad and threatened his classmates, writing “Death to America” on the blackboard.  An Arab–though not Muslim–from Israel, Elias Abuelazam, was finally caught after he committed several stabbings as a serial killer in Flint, Michigan, last year.  Hany Abu-Assad, an Arab Muslim who directed the pro-HAMAS homicide bomber movie, “Paradise Now,” has an Israeli passport.  There are several past and present Arab Members of the Israeli Knesset who openly support HAMAS and Hezbollah attacks on Israel and call for its destruction, including Haneen Zoabi.   When he was a Knesset Member, Azmi Bishara spied on Israel for Hezbollah. These are just a few examples of the kinds of people who come out of Israel who SHOULD be subject to extra screening, just as Arabs from Jordan are.

But thanks to these morons on the right who simply refuse to read the actual text of the Homeland Security report because it would contradict their hysterical, deliberate lies and propaganda, Homeland Security and ICE might buckle.  And every Mohammed with an Israeli passport will get free reign here on U.S. soil because Scamela and CNS needed more readers yesterday and knowingly chose to bait them with absolute false drivel.  Also, Scamela, CNS, NewsMax, and the others simply are too ignorant about the Middle East to know the most basic of facts:  that not all aliens to the U.S. bearing Israeli passports and citizenship are Jewish Israelis coming here in peace; and that a good number are Muslims and other Arabs seeking to cause harm on U.S. soil or to raise money here to cause harm back in Israel.

I don’t want Arab Muslims from Israel on U.S. soil.  But if they are here and detained by ICE, I want them thoroughly checked through all lists.  Israel wants this, too, and wants us to inform them when these jihadists are here.

How sad that those on the right who claim to be against Islamic terrorism and for protecting U.S. shores and Israeli borders are working against the little that Obama is actually doing to reach that goal.

There is plenty that Obama is doing, along with ICE and Homeland Security, to enable Muslim extremists and jihadists on U.S. soil and around the world.  Making up lies to make a bigger case is a dangerous case of “crying wolf.”  And it’s a total lie.

Let’s see how long it takes for Scamela to change the language on her site and pretend she never said it, as she always does when she makes up stories (she has code built into her site to prevent Google from caching and capturing her previous lies when she erases them).

Let’s see how long it takes CNS to tell the truth.  Don’t hold your breath.  Their many lying stories remain up about Hannity paying for the private jets he actually used Freedom Concert money to pay for.

If only conservatives placed the same demands for honest reporting and accurate journalism on the mainstream right-wing media as they do on the mainstream liberal media.

Don’t hold your breath for that either.  Most on the right are as obsessed as those on the left with lying to score points than they are about America’s national security or doing what’s right, neither of which is a partisan issue.

In the meantime, remember that I support ICE performing extra screening on detained Muslim and Arab aliens from Israel who might cause us or Israel harm.  I wish we would perform this extra screening on all Muslim and Arab aliens from any country who enter the U.S., not just the very few who are arrested and actually DETAINED by ICE.  Scamela Geller, CNS, Newsmax, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze want them to roam free untouched.

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26 Responses

We recently had an “Israeli” commit a rather nasty stabbing attack in Flint. I know he was Israeli because the local TV told me so… repeatedly. The fact that the man was Muslim didn’t seem to be relevant to the story as they didn’t mention that.

I think you reported the Flint story, Debbie. I thought of it immediately upon reading this column.

Apparently, Pam Geller’s readers haven’t visited Nazareth, Israel lately. Otherwise, they would have questioned her thesis. Good call, Deb!

TINSC: Yes, I mentioned him in this column – Elias Abuelazam. These people objecting to Israel being on the list are morons and deliberate liars. DS

There is NO Santa Claus on July 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Only someone completely ignorant would not want Israelis who are Muslims to have extra screening.

    I was in Nazareth about three weeks ago. There is a gigantic sign put up by Muslims in a city park in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation stating that all non-Muslims will go to hell. They even want to build a huge mosque to block the Basilica. As we were walking down the hill, some Muslim youths were going “Boom! Boom! HAHAHA!” We had an excellent Jewish guide who pointed to the sign and asked, “Do you think we can ever make peace with these people?”

    And we shouldn’t want to screen these Israeli Muslims when they come to America for jihad?

    Thank goodness Debbie is knowledgeable and does her research, unlike other commentators.

    JM on July 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

      Debbie took the time to research and read the original material – its not at all what much of the conservative blogosphere is falsely claiming. Just the exactly opposite. Sloppy thinking and a rush to unsound conclusions actually hurt Israel. One in 20 Israelis is Arab and not all of them are moderate. People who refuse to acknowledge the basic facts about the Middle East demand the ICE should stop screening would be Islamic terrorists so Israel’s dignity isn’t hurt! It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so serious. And lying to protect Israel doesn’t actually protect the Jewish State. If Obama’s critics have it their way, they will achieve the exact opposite of their professed goals. I am man enough to admit my initial reaction was erroneous but don’t expect the faux conservative commentariat to acknowledge they have been off-base. Sometimes ICE does it get right and that is when it deserves our full support!

      NormanF on July 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Its a good idea in theory…. I think what people got upset about is it implied Israel supports terrorism. And how do we tell Israeli Jews apart from Arabs? Israeli Arabs can and do speak fluent Hebrew. So ICE may not be able to tell who is a terrorist.

    Maybe they won’t botch this one but with the way the Feds have been handling our security thus far, I do have my doubts.

    Let’s see what they do.

    NormanF on July 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I saw this story on another right wight blog that I read regularly and the blogger made it sound like this was another Obama attack on Israel. I read the blog post, which quoted ICE, and I thought that it sounded reasonable that Israel was on the list. So your post just confirms my thinking. Thanks.

David on July 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Obama is not a friend of Israel but that doesn’t mean every action taking by his Administration should automatically be viewed as anti-Israel. In this case, profiling Israeli Arabs is something good people should want. Conservatives have been pushing for profiling of Muslims for years, now in a bid to score cheap partisan points are trying to get rid of the one good program that actually protects America out of a sense of false regard for Israel. Its probably true Jewish Israelis will receive extra scrutiny too but as long as its applied in an even-handed manner by ICE, we should welcome it. We don’t want to have more extremist Muslims roaming around America. There are far too many of them here already. Conservatives undermining the work of the ICE is reprehensible even if it most of it, as I pointed out earlier is botched. We should encourage ICE to do good work and do it better. In the long run, both Israel and America will stand to benefit from it.

    NormanF on July 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Thanks Debbie. I do try to read news with a bit of insight, but sometimes it’s not enough. Thanks for setting the record straight. Shabbat shalom

Naomi R on July 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

I must say what will the lefties that accuse you of being a cheerleader for the right/Republican/Fox News have to say about you bringing to light? I just laugh that those trolls come on to your website and post that you are bias/one-sided/uninformed but they really do not read all your articles. Just keep up the good work and let everyone play the Fool.

Mario on July 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

“Another is the WorldNutDaily fabrication, claiming that Delta agreed to Saudi rules and refuses to fly jews. Totally false, since Delta doesn’t even fly there.”

To be honest with you Debbie, I to was snickered into that story of “Delta Airlines not carrying jewish people into Saudi Arabia”, I thought it was true all along, and shame on WorldNetDaily for writing a lie like that, thanks DS for admitting that Delta Airlines doesn’t make any flights to and from Saudi Arabia.

Mario your right, DS is no shill-hack for the conservative-establishment, as a matter of fact Mario, those in the conservative-establishment are nothing but phonies, they attack DS, cyber-stalk her and harrass her. I remember one time Debbie wrote an article of some conservative bloggers (including Michelle Malkin, Emily Zanotti, Ed Morrissey, Cassy Fiano, Mary Katherine Ham, etc.) who filed a phony grieviance against her and tried to get rid of DS’s law license & tried to violate the poor womans right to free speech, fortunatley the judge was intelligent enought to DROP the grieviance case against DS and those right wing bloggers where embarrassed.

Mario, I don’t know who the hell is worst, the muslim pressure groups that harrass DS, the conservative-establishment hacks that harrass her or the dumbass left wing trolls and hacks that debase her on this blog whenever they come here?

“A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Ms Schlussel-
According to :
There is no part of the policy, or disclaimer and report from Homeland Security that explains it will be only applied to Muslims.
Some people try to go to the original source. Ergo,perhaps you jumped the gun on your opinions. Because that would be profiling…. It is my opinion that the Administration is against that.
I guess, you would have to label me as a conservative… if you were into profiling.

IG: Wow, you apparently can’t read to save your life, I did go to the original source. Where the heck do you think I got the JPEGs and the exact link above from? RIF – Reading Is Fundamental. Try it sometime, instead of premature articulation. Yes, some of us go to the original source and know the context in which this is happening. Others, like you, are ignoramuses who jump the gun and haven’t a clue. Gee, thanks for the incorrect correction. Are you kidding? Have you paid attention to the gazillion lawsuits filed and won in our court system by Muslims and Arabs? Do you think if they write out a disclaimer that they will only apply this to Muslims and Arabs from Israel, they will get away with it? Only if you live on a different planet. They cannot write that in the document, or it will result in a successful federal discrimination lawsuit and NO Arabs or Muslims from Israel being screened. Is that what you want? Do you know how many Israeli citizens have been detained by ICE since this went into effect in Fiscal Year 2009? Do you know how many of them have been Jews versus Arabs/Muslims? Clearly, you don’t, because it’s been Muslims and Arabs overwhelmingly. Stop nitpicking over stupidity. WAKE. UP. I am, indeed, into profiling, and I label you as an idiot who likes to insult people who actually know what they are talking about because you’re too lazy and incapable of critical thinking. DS

ilene g on July 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I do support profiling. I wish TSA would do what ICE is trying to do and get rid of the useless security theater that inconveniences law-abiding Americans and still leaves a loophole large enough for Islamic terrorists to fly through and walk through.

    We should be concentrating on screening for the bad guys. Its a small step in the right direction and conservatives should be commending, not attacking, the Obama Adminstration for doing the right thing, even if its a small one.

    The truth is profiling will save lives and the sooner ignorant people stop pretending Islam is the Religion Of Peace, the safer American will be! Its not and shouldn’t be – a partisan issue.

    Its just common sense, of which there’s little of in America these days. Pamela Geller, of all people, should know better than to undermine it.

    NormanF on July 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    If I was a Jewish Israeli, I wouldn’t mind the extra scrutiny. I am not the real threat. Arabs from Israel are and let’s also note Christian Arabs from Israel are even more anti-Semitic and inclined to support terrorism than the Muslims – they are dhimmi spear carriers for Islam. The only kind of people who are against profiling of Muslims are leftists, clueless faux conservatives and Islamists. Those are the kind of people who want to give them carte blanche to pull off another 9/11 here.

    Smart people should want more profiling. We’re never going to going to get it adopted any where else in our federal security establishment if the people who want to kill it help Islamic terrorists to get through our porous borders, no questions asked, have it their way.

    NormanF on July 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for clarifying this Debbie.

P. Aaron on July 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm


United States puts Israel on its terror watch list
07/01/2011 23:21

Department of Homeland Security says Israel one of 36 countries whose citizens might have terrorist ties; doesn’t reflect gov’t policy.
Talkbacks (15)
WASHINGTON — Israel is on a list compiled by US immigration authorities of countries that might harbor terrorists, it was reported this week.

The Department of Homeland Security list of 36 nations does not fault government policies and instead recognizes the likelihood that a suspect traveler from that country might have terrorist ties.

Shin Bet cracks top Palestinian terror cell

If a traveler from one of the countries is detained, the country’s inclusion on the list triggers a special check by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division.

The list, attached to a May 10 document from the DHS Inspector General’s office, was first reported this week by CNS News, a Christian news service.

An ICE spokeswoman, Gillian Christensen, told CNS that appearance on the list did not suggest a country backs terrorism.

“The US does not and never has considered Israel to have links to terrorism, but rather they are a partner in our efforts to combat global terrorism,” Christensen said. “Countries may have been included on the list because of the backgrounds of arrestees, not because of the country’s government itself. The United States maintains close intelligence-sharing relationships with many of these countries in order to address security issues within their own borders and in our mutual pursuit of safety and security around the globe.”

The list includes a number of other close US allies, like Turkey, Bahrain, Morocco and Philippines, as well as nations beset by internal fighting, like Sudan and Somalia.

Bill C. on July 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Yup – nowhere is Israel being blamed or classified as a terrorist nation! The Department Of Homeland Security report merely recognizes what Debbie said on this post and what escapes Geller and the morons on the right who can’t or haven’t actually bothered to read the report in question – that some people in Israel have ties to terrorists or are themselves terrorists. This ain’t rocket science!

    “An ICE spokeswoman, Gillian Christensen, told CNS that appearance on the list did not suggest a country backs terrorism.”

    Christensen says what Debbie said on here – its totally false to state that Israel backed terrorism and the conservative blogosphere should be ashamed of spreading a knowing and destructive lie. That never does any one good. The other non Muslim country on the list is the Philippines, which has an Al Qaeda inspired Islamic insurgency on its southern islands and no one has suggeste that being on the ICE list means the US government is anti-Filipino! America, in short, shouldn’t be concerned with other countries’ hurt feelings and do all it can to keep its citizens safe!

    NormanF on July 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

It is that sort of garbage that really causes a loss a credibility among the unconvinced. There are far too many things that the Obama Administration is actually involved with that are quite legitimate to report. Who really wants a conservative version of The Nation or Mother Jones Magazine? World Net Daily, CNS, and some other conservative operations are more like Media Matters than the National Review.

worry01 on July 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Conservatives should demand conservative media engage in factual and truthful reporting. Its no excuse the other side does it to justify doing the same thing. Common sense and commitment to ethical standards are called for. Don’t count on that happening as long as the Right is more interested in scoring partisan points and promoting their agenda instead of serving the truth and doing what’s right by our country.

    NormanF on July 3, 2011 at 12:37 am

I am surprised & disappointed that India is not on that list: it has 130 million Muslims – far more than Israel – and who are as likely to indulge in terror plots against various countries – the US, India, Israel & so on. India, like Israel, ain’t a terrorist state, but they too are a big source of Muslims who can do any amount of damage

Infidel Pride on July 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

    There maybe a good reason for it. Not too many Indian Muslims visit/immigrate to America. And Indian Muslims are not connected to widespread terrorism in their homeland at the moment. If that changes, the ICE could revise its list. At the moment, though, all of the countries on the list have either extremist Muslim movements or violent jihadist insurgencies. That’s why there is this extra level of scrutiny from people who come to America from those countries. Like I showed in that Bin Laden picture from the West Bank, you have to be a moron if you want to give these people unchecked freedom to roam about this country!

    NormanF on July 3, 2011 at 12:43 am

I seem to remember some jihadists, in or from Canada, being involved in terrorist attacks or terrorist plots being planned. With border crossings at Detroitistan, where jihadists entering the country would find cohorts and safe houses, maybe Canada should be on the list also.

CornCoLeo on July 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

Come to think of it maybe Detroit should be on the list also.

CornCoLeo on July 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

“Come to think of it maybe Detroit should be on the list also.”

Good idea CornCoLeo, speaking of which, since I live in New York, what about certain parts of Brooklyn, (ie, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill) certain parts of Queens (ie, Astoria, East Elmhurst, Sunnyside), and some parts of the Bronx? Some of those districts in New York City can be on that list as well, I’ve been to those areas in NYC and I see more and more muslim immigration increase in some of those areas in the five-boroughs of New York City.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Here’s a good reason why ICE would want to screen Arabs from Israel and the Palestinian territories. I’ll let the picture, as the old saying as it, speak for itself:


NormanF on July 3, 2011 at 12:06 am

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anon on July 4, 2011 at 8:26 am

If Israel was not a democracy like Egypt holding American NGO’s by listing them as no flys, no Muslim Israelis would be allowed to fly out of Israel.
While I disagree if it is true that Israel is not allowing many Christian Arabs (Palestinians are self named insurgent enemies of Israel) to attend schools outside of Israel, I still feel that they are in a better situation than if they were in a Moslem controlled Gaza, or Syria, or Egypt.
Israel is in a state of war,and as there are enemies openly trying to overthrow the government violently from within and without Israel has the right to operate under marshall law.
Israel has no problem with the Druze. Why? If Arabs both muslim and Christian inside Israel’s borders wished peace and representation they would vocalize it peacefully in recognition of Israel using non-violence as MLK and Ghandi used successfully.

Ron Wolf on January 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

i still don’t understand why there are any ragheads living in israel,why don’t you send them all packing over the borders to jihad land?

BRUCE on April 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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