Israeli Stamp in Passport

Leawood student detained on trip to UK

Passport of American Student
Passport of American Student
Chip Cantor was the American Jewish Student Denied Entry Into U.K. Because of Israeli Stamps in Passport. | Photo: | Passport, Israel, Uk, Immigration, Customs,

American Jewish Student Denied Entry Into U.K.

Once upon a time, whenever Americans traveled abroad, they could be reasonably assured that carrying an American passport meant something.

And if any "shenanigans" did occur, the offending country would soon receive the full wrath of our State Department.

Now, our State Department seems to be a "Stasis" Department, too inept to do much of anything in the way of protecting U.S. citizens. (Remember Benghazi? Or did that happen "a long time ago" ?)

The following story was picked up by several Jewish media outlets, after being initially published by the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. As of this writing, it has not been reported anywhere in the mainstream media.

Louis "Chip" Cantor, a 23 years old Kansas City student, was offered a summer job in the U.K., and on May 29, he arrived in London. The customs agent (who, for some reason, was not wearing a uniform) looked at his passport, and treated him courteously.

That is, until she saw two pages of Israeli visas and entry stamps, as Chip had spent some time studying in Israel.

The customs agent walked away with his passport. He never saw her again.

A different, uniformed customs agent came to see him. Chip was told they were taking his bags and detaining him for questioning. He was told that if changed any of his answers to any questions, he would go to prison. He was then placed in a detention cell.

A woman wearing a burka came into the cell to photograph and fingerprint him. She informed him: "We're putting your name and fingerprints and photos into a database. From now on it is going to be very difficult for you to ever travel in the United Kingdom or anywhere in the E.U. It will be up to each individual country to decide if they want to admit you."

Chip repeatedly told them he had done nothing wrong, and when he asked to speak to someone from the American consulate or embassy, his requests were denied.

Another agent then appeared, and informed Chip that he was being deported.

Kevin Shilling, who had offered Chip summer employment (and who is not Jewish) called the customs agent to explain why Chip was in the country. Shilling was told that any attempts to assist Chip would be useless, and the customs agent reportedly made several anti-Semitic comments.

Chip was held in detention for nine hours. He was given half a sandwich. When he asked for more food and some water, he was told to stop "pestering" them. Finally, he was told he could have some water, only if he said "please."

After nine hours, he was escorted to a plane by a customs agent. Chip asked for his passport, and was refused.

Once on the plane, the customs agent announced, in front of everyone, "Here is this man's passport. Do not give him his passport until you land in the United States."

The American Airlines purser told Chip that, in seventeen years flying internationally, he had never seen anything like it.

Chip now says his main goal with this fiasco is to get his fingerprints and picture removed from their database.

As for the discrimination that he suffered, he says, "It is sad, but this is the reality we are living in. This will, of course, never change my love for Israel, it will only make it grow stronger."

Why wasn't this story reported in the mainstream media?

Why isn't the State Dept. protesting the mistreatment of a U.S. citizen?

But one thing is clear: the U.K., already with several Sharia-compliant towns, is being overrun by Islamists.

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Updated Aug 12, 2017 12:08 PM EDT | More details


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