Another great story of security gone way too far. I’m sure there was a reason for forcing people to undress before entering the event, but it didn’t matter — it caused an international ruckus.
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. Others, including the bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, were strip-searched and forced to take off their pants. A number of members walked out of the event in disgust following this despicable treatment.
However, one notable Israeli reporter, Ms. Simri Diab, refused to go through the check and instead decided not to enter the party. Kinda like Americans who refused to go through extensive TSA screenings. And she’s hot! I can see why the security would want to undress her before letting her enter. But, that’s really invasive and truly not necessary. At least buy her a drink before hand. In the middle east, I think it’s more common than here even to get married before doing such things!
The Jerusalem Post has named the incident “Bra-Gate” (they must love American scandals, hehe). The strip tease… er searches went on for around 20 minutes in private rooms, which men and women alike stripped their underclothes.
The story of Ms. Simri spread like wildfire, and in one blog post — and I love this — she is highly congratulated for not taking the bullcrap of excuses for Israel running a military-police state and demanding that everything they do to invade people’s right to privacy is for their own security. Good for her!
Either way by accepting this treatment we accept the nature of Israel as a military and security state – buying into the idea that it is constantly under attack and therefore is justified in doing everything and anything necessary to protect itself, including taking our bras, when in reality Israel has started its fair share of the wars its been involved in.
So I say well done Najwan, for – at least once – rejecting this notion and pointing out that underwire is not a threat to Israel’s national security.
We may laugh at this and call it crazy, but who would have thought we would subjected to the same thing in public airports? Watch out slave, it will be coming to a McDonald’s near you before you know it, all in the name of your own “safety.”