Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Security Checks

It seems like every time I come to this country the way they handle security gets more and more pervasive. Today my bag must have been searched six or seven times. On my way in to the university, the bus station, the café, the Machne Yehudah market. . . I think there is a real market here for transparent backpacks. That might expedite this whole bag checking thing. It used to be one of those cute Israeli things that made this country unique. At some point it becomes a real burden. The central bus station now has both metal detectors and x-ray machines. It is almost as if half the country is employed in checking and protecting the other half. This has got to stop. The country cannot go on like this. It is enough to make one nuts and think that all the world's problems are the fault of the Palestinians.