David Marti, a leader of Barcelona?s LGBT community and his boyfriend were subjected to humiliating security checks while trying to fly home to Spain from Israel?s Airport.
Two leaders of Barcelona’s gay community claim that they were subjected to a humiliating security check at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, while trying to leave the country after participating in last week’s Tel Aviv gay pride parade.
The conduct of security at the airport has set off a firestorm with the Foreign Ministry, which had extended an official invitation to the pair to participate in Israel’s gay pride activities.
David Marti, the general manager for gay pride events in Barcelona, told Haaretz that airport security had stripped his boyfriend whom he was traveling with. The pair were asked a series of personal questions, which Marti said exceeded reasonable limits. The men’s personal items were also thoroughly searched.
Marti said the pair was questioned for a long time, with their security check ending just minutes before their plane took off. Marti and his partner managed to make it to their flight at the last minute.
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