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Israel apologises to NYT journalist

2011-11-28 21:41

Jerusalem - Israel's defence ministry apologised on Monday for the treatment of a pregnant American news photographer who said she was strip searched and humiliated by Israeli soldiers during a security check.

Lynsey Addario, who was on assignment for the New York Times, had requested that she not be forced to go through an X-ray machine as she entered Israel from the Gaza Strip because of concerns for her unborn baby.

Instead, she wrote in a letter to the ministry, she was forced through the machine three times as soldiers "watched and laughed from above". She said she was then taken into a room where she was ordered by a female worker to strip down to her underwear.

In the October 25 letter, Addario, a Pulitzer Prize winner who is based in India and has worked in more than 60 countries, said she had never been treated with "such blatant cruelty".

The ministry said an investigation found that the search followed procedures but noted that Addario's request to avoid the X-ray machine had not been properly relayed.

Addario said she made the request not to go through the X-ray machine before arriving at the crossing.

"We would like to apologise for this particular mishap in co-ordination and any trouble it may subsequently have caused to those involved," the statement said.

It said that security is tight on the border with Gaza "in order to prevent terror from targeting and reaching Israel's citizens".

The New York Times bureau chief in Israel, Ethan Bronner, welcomed the planned changes but said the newspaper remains shocked at the treatment Addario received and how long the investigation took.

Foreign journalists working in Israel have repeatedly complained of overly intrusive security checks by of Israeli authorities. Israel says the inspections are necessary measures.

Comments
  • dave.leverton - 2011-11-28 22:21

    Disgraceful and disgusting.

      Dirk - 2011-11-29 06:00

      I agree with you. For a pregnant woman to travel in an area where Israel constantly faces a threat from barbaric palestinian terrorists,it is not only disgraceful and disgusting of her , but also highly irrisponsible. I do not understand why the Israelis apologized- something that would never happen in the surrounding countries.

      MiriamBawden - 2011-11-29 07:18

      Dave - try living in a country where most want your home or you dead. Our security has always been this tight. I am sorry this woman felt the need to make such a huge deal out of something that is a must have in our country. IF the soldiers did "laugh" then I am glad she got an apology.

      Barry - 2011-11-29 09:15

      Surrounding countries don't have thugs as soldiers like Israel has.

  • Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-11-28 22:42

    Banana democracy, that country. They are honestly better than the way they treat non-Azshenkim(sp)

  • Ziyaad - 2011-11-29 07:29

    @ Miriam - Quite the crap about "most want your home or your head". Israeli settlers stole it from the Palestinians in the first place. Gaza is nothing but the worlds biggeset open air prison.

      MiriamBawden - 2011-11-29 07:51

      HAHAHAHA!! Please learn some history. Go to Gaza (i have been) and then come say that BS.

  • Anwar - 2011-11-29 09:46

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/18/world/la-fg-turkey-israel-20110818

  • Fred - 2011-11-29 10:38

    Has JuJu (Malema) ever apologised to a journalist? As for the false statement about Israel being Nazi Germany this is an inversion of the truth. Reality is like in Nazi Germany, the so called Palestinians teach hatred against the Jewish people. As in Nazi Germany, the palestinians e.g. Hamas charter calls for the death of all Jews. As in nazi Germany the palestinians have Hitlers Mein Kampf translated into arabic an at one stage it was a best seller amongst these so called Palestinians. Fact: Palestinians blow themselves up on Israeli civilian buses. Fact, Palestinian snipers have shot dead Israeli babies in prams. Fact over 1 million Israeli citizens are forced on a regular basis to sleep in bomb shelters.

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 11:58

      what a load of BS

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 12:09

      Belligerent occupation is governed by The Hague Regulations of 1907, as well as by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and the customary laws of belligerent occupation. Security Council Resolution 1322 (2000), paragraph 3 continued: "Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in a Time of War of 12 August 1949;..." Again, the Security Council vote was 14 to 0, becoming obligatory international law. The Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the West Bank, to the Gaza Strip, and to the entire City of Jerusalem, in order to protect the Palestinians living there. The Palestinian People living in this Palestinian Land are "protected persons" within the meaning of the Fourth Geneva Convention. All of their rights are sacred under international law. There are 149 substantive articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention that protect the rights of every one of these Palestinians living in occupied Palestine. The Israeli Government is currently violating, and has since 1967 been violating, almost each and every one of these sacred rights of the Palestinian People recognized by the Fourth Geneva Convention. Indeed, violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention are war crimes.

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 12:10

      So this is not a symmetrical situation. As matters of fact and of law, the gross and repeated violations of Palestinian rights by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers living illegally in occupied Palestine constitute war crimes. Conversely, the Palestinian People are defending Themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian. Indeed, it is far more serious than that. On 19 October 2000 a Special Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights adopted a Resolution set forth in U.N. Document E/CN.4/S-5/L.2/Rev. 1, "Condemning the provocative visit to Al-Haram Al-Sharif on 28 September 2000 by Ariel Sharon, the Likud party leader, which triggered the tragic events that followed in occupied East Jerusalem and the other occupied Palestinian territories, resulting in a high number of deaths and injuries among Palestinian civilians." The U.N. Human Rights Commission then said it was "[g]ravely concerned" about several different types of atrocities inflicted by Israel upon the Palestinian People, which it denominated "war crimes, flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity."

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 12:11

      In operative paragraph 1 of its 19 October 2000 Resolution, the U.N. Human Rights Commission then: "Strongly condemns the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force in violation of international humanitarian law by the Israeli occupying Power against innocent and unarmed Palestinian civilians...including many children, in the occupied territories, which constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity;..." And in paragraph 5 of its 19 October 2000 Resolution, the U.N. Human Rights Commission: "Also affirms that the deliberate and systematic killing of civilians and children by the Israeli occupying authorities constitutes a flagrant and grave violation of the right to life and also constitutes a crime against humanity;..." Article 68 of the United Nations Charter had expressly required the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council to "set up" this Commission "for the promotion of human rights."

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 12:11

      We all have a general idea of what a war crime is, so I am not going to elaborate upon that term here. But there are different degrees of heinousness for war crimes. In particular are the more serious war crimes denominated "grave breaches" of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Since the start of the Al Aqsa Intifada, the world has seen those inflicted every day by Israel against the Palestinian People living in occupied Palestine: e.g., willful killing of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army and Israel's illegal paramilitary settlers. These Israeli "grave breaches" of the Fourth Geneva Convention mandate universal prosecution for their perpetrators, whether military or civilian, as well as prosecution for their commanders, whether military or civilian, including Israel's political leaders.

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 12:12

      But I want to focus for a moment on Israel's "crime against humanity" against the Palestinian People -- as determined by the U.N. Human Rights Commission itself, set up pursuant to the requirements of the United Nations Charter. What is a "crime against humanity"? This concept goes all the way back to the Nuremberg Charter of 1945 for the trial of the major Nazi war criminals. And in the Nuremberg Charter of 1945, drafted by the United States Government, there was created and inserted a new type of international crime specifically intended to deal with the Nazi persecution of the Jewish People. The paradigmatic example of a "crime against humanity" is what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish People. This is where the concept of crime against humanity came from. And this is what the U.N. Human Rights Commission determined that Israel is currently doing to the Palestinian People: Crimes against humanity. Legally, just like what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews.

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 12:13

      Moreover, a crime against humanity is the direct historical and legal precursor to the international crime of genocide as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The theory here was that what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish People required a special international treaty that would codify and universalize the Nuremberg concept of "crime against humanity." And that treaty ultimately became the 1948 Genocide Convention. In fairness, you will note that the U.N. Human Rights Commission did not go so far as to condemn Israel for committing genocide against the Palestinian People. But it has condemned Israel for committing crimes against humanity, which is the direct precursor to genocide. And I submit that if something is not done quite soon by the American People and the International Community to stop Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian People, it could very well degenerate into genocide, if Israel is not there already. And in this regard, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is what international lawyers call a genocidaire--one who has already committed genocide in the past.

  • Fred - 2011-11-29 13:18

    Anwar prior to 1949, the Muslim mufti of Jerusalem met with Adolph Hitler (Nazi Germany) and discussed the final solution (kill Jews) for the Jews living in Israel. At this stage Jerusalem had been a Jewish majority for more than 100 years in the modern era. At the end of the first war in 1949, Egypt held Gaza and Jordan held Judea and Samaria (the west bank). The Jews were either killed or expelled from the occupied parts of Jerusalem. To quote Nathan Sharansky,” Arafat rejected the peace deal with Israel because as a terrorist that he was he could not afford to make peace.” Fact under Israeli care the Palestinian average life span has increased from 43 to 74. Fact under Israeli care the Palestinian population has tripled. Fact under Israeli care and support the average per capita income and education when handed over to Palestinian control was and still is higher than South Africa and most African countries. In some instance some of the stats is even higher than Turkey.

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 13:34

      The areas known today as Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, were in 1922 designated under the British Mandate as a single territorial unit called Palestine. Prior to British rule, the area existed as several districts within the Ottoman Empire. (Only the inhabitants from the Ottoman districts that would become British Mandate Palestine were included in the population figures presented below). In 1948, the British withdrew, Israel declared statehood, and the first Arab-Israeli war broke out. The armistice lines established between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt formed the West Bank and Gaza Strip respectively. These territorial divisions remained until the 1967 War when Israel came to control both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, as well as East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Since 1967, population figures for Israel have included the residents of East Jerusalem as well as the Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (until their removal in Aug. 2005).

      Anwar - 2011-11-29 13:43

      Israel / Palestine: Arab / Jewish Population (1914-2005) Year |Jews |Arabs |Total |% of Jews to Total 1914 |60,000 |731,000 |791,000 |7.585% 1922 |83,790 |668,258 |752,048 |11.141% 1931 |174,606 |858,708 |1,033,314 |16.897% 1941 |474,102 |1,111,398 |1,585,500 |29.902% 1950 |1,203,000 |1,172,100 |2,375,100 |50.650% 1960 |1,911,300 |1,340,100 |3,251,400 |58.783% 1970*|2,582,000 |1,045,000 |3,627,000 |71.188% 1980 |3,282,700 |2,100,000 |5,382,700 |60.986% 1995 |4,495,100 |3,506,900 |8,002,000 |56.173% 2005 |5,275,700 |5,139,100 |10,414,800 |50.656% Sources & Notes: Sources by Year: 1914 Justin McCarthy The Population of Palestine, 1990 1922 & 1931 British Census (Census conducted by the British Mandate Government.) 1941 Esco Foundation Palestine: A Study of Jewish, Arab, and British Policies Vol. 1, p.46, Yale University Press, 1947 1950-2005 Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics "Statistical Abstract of Israel 2007: Population, by Religion," ICBS website accessed on May 6, 2010

  • Fred - 2011-11-29 13:44

    Anwar these figures are for Palestinian Arabs only. A HOLOCAUST AGAINST THE "PALESTINIAN" PEOPLE? Total "Palestinian" Arabs in both Judea-Samaria ("West Bank") and Gaza: 1967 ... 1.1 million 2002 ... 3.5 million! In 35 years the number of "Palestinian" Arabs has tripled. Some "Mass extermination!" Some "Holocaust!" Fabrication instantly becomes fact and the more far-fetched, the better! That was the strategy Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda director, used in his war against the Jews of Europe and it worked. The Arabs may not be very original but they certainly have figured out how to seize upon a good idea and run with it! Comparing the plight of the Jews of Germany to that of the Arab-"Palestinians" was a stroke of genius. A very BIG Lie... but brilliant nevertheless! http://www.masada2000.org/holocaust.html

  • arielyshein - 2011-11-29 18:44

    Sorry for the inconvenience innocent people are facing. Israel experience; -- 1:A pregnant Irish woman named Anne-Marie Murphy was about to board an El Al flight at London's Heathrow airport when her bag was found to contain three pounds of plastic explosives. There was evidence that Syrian officials were involved and as a result, Britain cut off diplomatic relations with Syria. 2: Members the military wing of Fatah used a vehicle marked with "TV" and "PRESS" insignias assaulted a Israeli guard/ --- Those are only a few examples of violation of any norm and vale committed by Arab terrorists and their supporters against the defending Israel. We will prefer not to have any type of security verifications. Unfortunately we have to implement lessons from real life

  • arielyshein - 2011-11-29 18:44

    Sorry for the inconvenience innocent people are facing. Israel experience; -- 1:A pregnant Irish woman named Anne-Marie Murphy was about to board an El Al flight at London's Heathrow airport when her bag was found to contain three pounds of plastic explosives. There was evidence that Syrian officials were involved and as a result, Britain cut off diplomatic relations with Syria. 2: Members the military wing of Fatah used a vehicle marked with "TV" and "PRESS" insignias assaulted a Israeli guard/ --- Those are only a few examples of violation of any norm and vale committed by Arab terrorists and their supporters against the defending Israel. We will prefer not to have any type of security verifications. Unfortunately we have to implement lessons from real life

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