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August 8, 2017 4:30 pm

Cast of ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Questioned at Ben-Gurion Airport at Start of Group Israel Trip

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Cast members of “The Shahs of Sunset” at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Photo: Screenshot.

Cast members of the hit reality television series “Shahs of Sunset” were detained and questioned at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport during Sunday night’s episode of the Bravo show.

Upon arriving in Israel after their 16-hour flight from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Mike Shouhed, Reza Farahan, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Shervin Roohparvar and Destiney Rose were taken to the airport’s detention center. Shouhed is Jewish, while Farahan is half-Jewish and the rest of the cast members are Muslim.

Fellow co-stars Mercedes “MJ” Javid and Asa Soltan Rahmati went through airport security with no issues and waited for their friends at baggage claim. The latter said, “I was so sure I would get detained,” and explained she believed she and Javid were not held back by security because they were “friendly” and “patient,” according to the UK’s Daily Mail. She also noted that Shouhed was “so offended [he got detained]…and he’s looking at me like I’m supposed to get detained.”

“Her name is very Muslim,” Shouhed said about Rahmati, “and they didn’t stop her, which is very interesting to me.”

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After Rose was free to go, Roohparvar soon followed and told Shouhed, “Thank your people for letting me in.” Shouhed was let through afterward and said the reason he was detained was because of the people he was traveling with. He asked, “How the f–k is the only real Jew in this group being detained? You see my passport. I’ve been here a lot.”

Gharachedaghi and Farahan were the last two permitted to enter Israel after being questioned for several hours, the Daily Mail reported. Following the tiresome detainment, Farahan said,  “It feels like I’ve been wandering in the desert for four-f–king thousand years. Get me a drink!”

As The Algemeiner previously reported, the proposed trip to Israel caused tension among the show’s cast members.

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  • UR

    For very good reason, the airport staff have from experience realized that the Jews who are the loudest in making grand gestures of peace & engaging in overt demonstration of super friendliness with Muslims are especially naive when it comes to the question of antisemitism in the form of Israel-demonization (subjects which are either often avoided by these Jews or they are the kind of Jews who are only really Jewish when it comes to castigating Israel – the ‘as a Jew brigade’ as they are known). I don’t think the Shahs warranted extra scrutiny, to the contrary, given the little I know of the show; but if you’ve not seen the show at all, I can see why this group would raise all the right alarms at the frontier in terms of problematic profiling. It’s sad that it should be thus but this is the reality unfortunately where Jews have become the worst normalizers of the most common form of antisemitism today. ( I’m beginning to suspect that it has always been thus…)

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