Israel added to US terror watch list

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israel was recently added to the US Department of Homeland Security terror watch list.

The revised list of 36 nations was attached to a May 10 document from the office of the Homeland Security Inspector General. Israel's inclusion was picked up on last week by CNS News.

A Homeland Security spokeswoman told CNS that putting Israel on the list does not mean that the US views Israel as a terror-supporting state. Quite the contrary, but it does mean that travelers coming from Israel could have terrorist ties.

While the CNS report and others that cited it did not get into who these terror-linked Israeli travelers could be, it is quite obvious that they are not Jews.

A number of terrorist attacks have been carried out in the US in recent decades by Palestinian Arabs.

The addition of Israel to the list could also be a result of the increasing radicalization of Israeli Arabs, who are able to travel out of the country more easily due to their possession of Israeli identity cards and passports.

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