Foreign Journalists Stage Walk Out at Event With Australian PM, Netanyahu

After the chief photographer of the European Press Agency is forced to undergo a strip search, photographers walked out in protest of 'humiliating' practices

File photo: Prime Minister Netanyahu and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull in Paris, Nov 30, 2015
Amos Ben Gershon

Australia's prime minister is in Israel for a re-enactment of a WWI battle where Australian and New Zealand troops triumphed over Ottoman forces in a charge that helped turn the tide of the war and shape the modern Middle East.

Malcolm Turnbull met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a ceremony Monday ahead of the memorial. During the event, Turnbull thanked the Netanyahu and his wife for their friendship, and "the close relationship between our two countries, who share the same values."

Photographers for foreign media walked out of the event in protest after security guards demanded the chief photographer of the European Press Agency take his pants off for inspection.

It was the latest in a series of incidents where guards ordered journalists strip for searches at media events with Netanyahu.

The Foreign Press Association, which represents journalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories for international news organizations, has called the strip searches humiliating.