Israel’s new charm offensive


by Philip Weiss on January 13, 2011

From Dimi Reider: several reporters for foreign outlets, including the Washington Post and Al Jazeera, were strip searched by Israeli security and made to stand around in their underwear before being let into a private gathering with Netanyahu, with cocktails, ahead of a speech he was giving Tuesday night. One was pregnant, and security demanded that she remove all her clothing. Says the Foreign Press Association: “While we appreciate the need for security, it is not remotely acceptable to invite people for cocktails at a five-star hotel and then make them undress at the door. Several members were forced to remove their underwear, waiting for as long as 20 minutes in this humiliating situation while security checked their documents.”

Israel’s new charm offensive.

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