November 29, 2011
Israel apologizes to NYT photographer
Israel’s Defense Ministry apologized to an American New York Times photographer who was forced to go through an X-ray machine during a security check despite being pregnant.
Lynsey Addario reportedly was made to go through the X-ray machine three times despite being asked to be patted down, and was then required to go through a strip search, when entering Israel from Gaza, the Associated Press reported. The incident occurred last month.
Addario, who is based in India, said that she was mocked by soldiers while in the X-ray machine.
In the apology, the Defense Ministry said that proper procedure had been followed, but that the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer’s request to avoid the X-ray machine had not been properly relayed.