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Friday, July 05, 2013

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.
It 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.
The Foreign Press Association, which represents international media in Israel, called on the U.S. Embassy to condemn the incident.
"We 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 to uphold."
Ambassador Dan Shapiro refused to comment and only said he had no knowledge of the incident. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office had no immediate comment.
I wonder whether this had something to do with the fear of an attack. 

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At 1:15 AM, Blogger Jewish Defence League UK said...

So the creep was upset about having to sit in the sun for half an hour? If he was where he SHOULD have been - mooching along on a camel in Arabia, he would be in the sun a darn sight longer than that!!
Seriously, the arrogance of these arabs needs badly shaking up!


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