Palestinian journalists covering Clinton balk at strip search
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Palestinian journalists covering Clinton balk at strip search

Government official says Israel is trying to provide the best possible security

Reporters covering Hillary Clinton's Monday press conference. (photo credit: Raphael Ahren/ Times of Israel)
Reporters covering Hillary Clinton's Monday press conference. (photo credit: Raphael Ahren/ Times of Israel)

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian journalist says he and three colleagues trying to cover US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s news conference walked away after being asked to drop their pants in an Israeli security check.

The Palestinian journalists were invited to Monday’s event by the US consulate, which sent a staffer to guide them through security. Mohammed Abu Khdeir of the Al Quds newspaper says Israeli and foreign journalists were not asked to strip.

Foreign journalists have complained in the past about being strip-searched at events with top Israeli politicians, though the practice appears to have eased.

An Israeli government official said Israel is trying to provide the best possible security for Clinton and that similar procedures are used at Western airports and in secure facilities in Western capitals.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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