‘I was put in a gas chamber,’ says Israeli doctor
US airport security check leaves Dr Dorit Zilberman distraught, after reportedly being humiliated only because of her nationality. ‘My family perished in Europe’s gas chambers, I never thought 65 years later I would be marked, isolated, and put in a gas chamber’
Dr Dorit Zilberman, a senior urologist at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer who was visiting the United States for the first time for a professional conference, claimed that airport security officials led her to what she called a sort of “gas chamber”, where she was sprayed with a strong current of air for two minutes, which caused her great pain.
‘I have never experienced such humiliation’
“When I walked in, barrages of compressed gas — probably air — were fired at me. Since I am thin, it was very painful. I was then taken out of that ‘gas chamber’ and taken to another corner where I was asked to take off my shoes, my hand bag was taken from me and my belongings were taken out one by one and scanned along with my shoes in special paper for tracing dangerous substances.
“My family perished in the gas chambers in Europe. I never believed that 65 years later, I would be marked, isolated and taken into a gas chamber.”
An examination by Yedioth Ahronoth reporter Aryeh Egozi showed that the so-called “gas chamber” Zilberman spoke of is meant to track traces of explosive materials on passengers’ clothing.
Air currents meant to release particles of explosives are sprayed at the passenger, and sensors in the chamber examine these particles.
The examination method was authorized by all relevant bodies in the United States and poses no damage whatsoever to the examinee. European airport authorities are considering applying a similar search method as well.