Journalists ordered to remove bras

2011-07-22 15:02

Jerusalem - Foreign journalists on Friday spoke of their distress after being asked to remove their bras for a security check before being allowed into the offices of Israel's prime minister.

The three women were told by security personnel to undress and take off their bras for x-ray in two separate incidents at the Jerusalem offices of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week.

All three complied with the request, despite the distress it caused, in an incident denounced by the Foreign Press Association (FPA) as "unnecessary, humiliating and counterproductive".

Each of the women was taken behind a curtain in the lobby of the entrance hall and patted down before being told to undress, then their bras were passed out in full view of male and female colleagues and security personnel, to be put through an x-ray machine.

Their personal effects were also emptied out in public view and put through the machine.

"The Foreign Press Association strongly condemns the continued harassment of journalists attending media events at the prime minister’s office," a statement from the Tel-Aviv based group said.

"This type of treatment is unnecessary, humiliating and counterproductive".

Very humiliating

Sara Hussein, who works for Agence France-Presse (AFP), described the incident as utterly humiliating.

"I can only describe the experience as among the most humiliating in my life," she wrote in a complaint to the FPA. "I have covered meetings of presidents at the White House and not been subjected to anything similar".

Neither of the other two women reporters, both of whom were deeply distressed by the incident, wished to be identified.

All three have filed detailed complaints with the FPA, which is pursuing the matter with the Israeli authorities.

Officials at the prime minister's office refused to comment directly on the two incidents, saying only: "We are aware of the concerns and we are looking into the matter".

In January this year, Netanyahu's security staff came under fire for ordering a pregnant Arab correspondent for Al-Jazeera to remove her bra in order to attend a cocktail event for the press at a five-star hotel in Jerusalem.

The FPA said it was considering whether or not to continue sending its members to events where they risked such treatment at the hands of the premier's security team.

"After repeated appeals and promises by security officials, it appears that the prime minister's office does not have the desire to stop this happening," it said.

"The FPA will begin consulting its members over whether the foreign media should no longer cover events at the PM's office as this is the only occasion where this type of incident occurs".

  • P!NK - 2011-07-22 15:21

    Okay, at least it was ONLY the bra's to be stripped and x-rayed... Could have been worse?

      jowza - 2011-07-22 15:50

      it was not a security issue.the guy just wanted to see tits

      Welleducated - 2011-07-22 16:14

      America is just as bad with their airport security touching private parts, even on children. Quite disgusting and primitive.

      horsehair - 2011-07-23 21:27

      @ welleducated, been there six times in the last 3 years and never, not once had private parts touched. Where do you get this sh1t you write?

  • celeste.degouveia - 2011-07-22 15:26

    Wonder how men would feel if their "jocks" were sent out in full view to be x-rayed! Ridiculous.

      123online123 - 2011-07-22 15:41

      I have no problem having my Calvin Kleins x-rayed.

      Wayne - 2011-07-22 16:01

      Was their bra's, not their panties. It's really not that bad.

      celeste.degouveia - 2011-07-22 16:13

      @Wayne, Bra is underwear just like panties. Hence why the women felt humiliated. Simple.

      rumsour - 2011-07-22 18:52

      Under-wire bra?

  • lollie sue - 2011-07-22 15:33

    so humiliating. and what happens if i refuse to be stripped, this is bull

      jowza - 2011-07-22 15:40

      trust the israelis to do things like this

      ayubmy - 2011-07-22 15:41

      Well... because it happened in Israel.. No one will dare talk up and take them to task.. Yore is BULL

      rumsour - 2011-07-23 09:44

      You do not enter the building, fly in the aircraft, etc. Many airports use the same system, the under-wire bra triggers the metal detectors, passengers (female) must remove the bra (done in a cubicle the bra is then passed to the security personnel) so that the offending item can be x-rayed for a possible explosive trigger, the bra is then returned to the passenger.

  • DeonL - 2011-07-22 15:46

    Suicide bombers are using bombs in bra's now, but this is a bit extreme.

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-07-22 16:40

      how many cases of exploding bras have you read of in the news recently?? I think NONE. Fearmongering liar. just one more way to keep the stupid masses paranoid and ignorant.

      Adam - 2011-07-23 00:51 from news24 a dew months back. gingerkid - maybe youre not as clever as u think?

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-07-23 10:17

      @ adam- it was 4 yrs ago, not exactly a frequent occurance- and ofcourse its possible- but they make it sound like all women with supportive brassieres are potential terrorists!! How would you feel if someone put their hand down your pants to see if you have tied something to your uhm parts. It is paranoid and degrading behaviour- end of story- but I see men on this forum are rather oblivious to the discomfort this type of invasion causes- pompous attitude you have there- what would you do if they did this to your mother?

  • Meanleader - 2011-07-22 15:48

    Cry me a river you poor snivelling journalist reprobates . The most trecherous trade in the world .. Netanyahu knows you kind too well . Whe we drop our guard , that's when crap happens ....

      jowza - 2011-07-22 15:51

      oh shame

      hannelie gerber - 2011-07-22 16:33

      definitely a small penis talking here! shame you must be sad lonely little boy

      croix - 2011-07-22 17:04

      Take some pills.

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-07-22 16:03

    Mammary Mia!! this is outrageous , I say , to stay abreast of matters in Israel send male journalists to the PM's office

  • mish82 - 2011-07-22 16:04

    @Meanleader Your screen name alone is a giveaway of the type of character that you possess...

  • Welleducated - 2011-07-22 16:14

    America is just as bad with their airport security touching private parts, even on children. Quite disgusting and primitive.

  • Anthony - 2011-07-22 16:16

    Any one of them could have refused and just walked away. If they where prepared to do that for an interview they have no right to complain. It was after all their own choice.

      Hangmann - 2011-07-22 17:11

      I'm with you Anthony. If those are the conditions for the interview the reporters have the choice to either leave or follow procedure. If Netanyahu wanted to interview the reporters, I'm sure he'd have to meet their requirements.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-22 16:19

    I think that Christianity is the only religion that respects women. This is what the jewish bible thinks of females Sanhedrin 55b. A Jew may marry a three year old girl (specifically, three years "and a day" old). Sanhedrin 54b. A Jew may have sex with a child as long as the child is less than nine years old. Kethuboth 11b. "When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing." Yebamoth 59b. A woman who had intercourse with a beast is eligible to marry a Jewish priest. A woman who has sex with a demon is also eligible to marry a Jewish priest. Every so often the veil lifts. So long as enough PR skill can be brought to bear on those occasions, things can return to normal fairly quickly. By the way an "anti-Semite" is no longer someone who hates Jews, but someone the Talmudic Jews hate.

      vinchainsaw - 2011-07-22 16:44

      The old testament also talks about women being subservient to men. If you must defend your faith at least read the book its based on.

      Adam - 2011-07-23 01:09

      well my first comment was removed, so thanks news24 for removing a calm rational respose to hate speech. well played. im going to cut it short this time and simply say this. please would you go and google "Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64" then come and speak to us about morality. at least what i just told you to go check out is legitimate and not made up to taint the images of other. this is all complete bulls$#t, please show me one place in history including the bible where any of thee things happend. a jewish man is not even allowed to touch a woman he is not married, so i would really appreciate this type pf hate speech being removed. but for some factual information, why dont you all go google this and see what comes up!!

  • vinchainsaw - 2011-07-22 16:43

    Well, if your surname is Hussien and you want to interview the Israeli PM then what did you expect? Maybe, if you're not happy with this, you should rather write children's books?

      Mr Incognito - 2011-07-22 17:11

      Sara Hussein is a British-Egyptian journalist living in Washington, DC. Her expertise includes U.S. foreign policy, the “war on terror,” international human rights law and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Previously, she has worked in and reported from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, covering the settler movement and the 2005 disengagement process. She has an MA in social sciences from the University of Chicago, for which she wrote a thesis on anti-terror legislation and human rights law. She also holds a BA in journalism from the American University in Cairo. Shes probably more American than you, vinchainsaw. Anyhow, this is a violation of WOMENS RIGHTS. Lets not try to escape down the hatch of Arab/Israeli conflict. This was simply a violation of a heinous nature. Lets keep with the program.

  • The huntchback - 2011-07-22 21:48

    Israel, Israel, ISrael?

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