Here we go again: Claim Arab cameraman was strip-searched at US Ambassador's July 4 party
A cameraman for the US sponsored al-Hura
network was allegedly strip-searched by Israeli security
before being admitted to the UN Independence Day party on Thursday night. Both US Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Prime Minister Netanyahu have thus far refused to comment about the story.
The Arab satellite channel had coordinated with the Israeli prime
minister's office to cover the event on behalf of the international
media. But when cameraman Samer Jallad arrived, he said he was detained
for questioning, ordered to remove his shoes and sit in the sun for more
than half an hour, and then taken to a room where he was forced to
remove his pants for a body inspection. He said he was held for more
than 90 minutes before he was permitted to enter.
was the latest in a string of incidents in which Israeli security have
used heavy-handed tactics against Arab journalists, a practice Israel
has defended as necessary for security. Jallad, who said he has covered
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on many occasions, is a Palestinian from East Jerusalem who holds full Israeli residency rights and has a government-issued press card.
Foreign Press Association, which represents international media in
Israel, called on the U.S. Embassy to condemn the incident.
find it especially shameful that a staffer of a U.S.-funded network
would be the victim of racial profiling at an official U.S. event
celebrating American Independence Day," the FPA said. "Such treatment
goes against the core values of freedom and equality that the U.S. seeks
Dan Shapiro refused to comment and only said he had no knowledge of the
incident. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office had no immediate
I wonder whether this
had something to do with the fear of an attack.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Dan Shapiro, Fourth of July, security, suicide bombers, US embassy in Tel Aviv