Israel Apologizes to Lynsey Addario

Israel’s Defense Ministry has apologized to photojournalist Lynsey Addario after soldiers subjected her to a humiliating strip search at a Gaza Strip checkpoint several weeks ago, according to an Associated Press report. The search occurred after Addario, who is pregnant, was forced to pass three times through an X-ray machine, despite the concerns she expressed for her unborn baby.

Addario complained in a letter to the Defense Ministry that before arriving at the checkpoint, she had asked not to go through the machine because of her pregnancy. She said soldiers “watched and laughed from above” as she was forced through the machine, and that she had never been treated with “such blatant cruelty,” according to AP.

A Pulitzer-winning photojournalist who has worked in more than 60 countries, Addario has endured some rough treatment in the past. Last spring, she was groped by forces loyal to deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi after they captured her along with three other journalists working for The New York Times.

Addario was on assignment again for The New York Times when she was mistreated by Israeli soldiers at the Gaza checkpoint.

“We would like to apologize for this particular mishap,” the Defense Ministry said, explaining that security was tight on the Gaza border “to prevent terror from targeting and reaching Israel’s citizens.” The Ministry said that Addario’s request to avoid the X-ray machine had not been handled properly, according to the AP report.

12 Responses to “Israel Apologizes to Lynsey Addario”

  1. Sonja Says:

    This is r

  2. Sheila Rosenthal Says:

    5 months pregnant and going to Gaza already endangers the life of the baby, even before passing through x-ray. Self promoter to the end, this photographer.

  3. Sonja Says:

    This is bad
    But what are you doing in Gaza while pregnant???
    Don’t care about your baby???
    What is more important – this story or safety of your baby???

  4. steve bryson Says:

    Israeli custom officials have become little nazis in their power over travelers, they might cite security issues but that’s no excuse for their petty mentality and arrogant attitude. I’ve been through their mangle over a dozen times and refuse to go near the godforsaken little country again.

  5. patrick wilken (@pwilken) Says:

    It seems the Israeli military apologize a lot.

    Why can’t a pregnant woman work? Calling her self-promoting because she is doing her job is sexist.

  6. Anthony Says:

    Israel sure is f*cking up a lot lately, like the past 20 years…

  7. Arvid Says:

    Always interesting to see the apologists rush online to attack the victim.

  8. David Says:

    She is a very good photographer there is no doubt about that. There is also no doubt she should not of been forced to go through 3 times and the soldiers laughing at her is not right.

    My only question is why would she put her unborn child in harms way, to me that is the ONLY question here.

  9. Mathieu Asselin Says:

    Wow!!! Sheila Rosenthal and Sonja Says you hawser amaze my, are you a woman? It remind me the people that justify rape if the victim has a mini skirt, tight jeans or is lonely at night in the street, exactly the same type of thinking… pregnant women’s don’t have any place traveling for work? WTF is that mentality…
    But the most important is that she was in Israel not in Gaza, i a “civilize” country, if she was going to Gaza or Disney as a pregnant woman is her problem not ours. What it is our problem is how this woman was treated at the airport.

  10. Nick Says:

    Sonia, Sheila, David, you guys are so right. I actually think any woman who finds herself pregnant should be immediately placed in protective custody to make she does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that could harm the fetus….

  11. Mathieu Asselin Says:

    Nick, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like passing three times through a X-ray machine?
    Can’t believe this guys at the forum, what are they, Taliban’s? or a sect that don’t like women’s? This people live in a democratic world were women’s have the same right as men’s do not mater if they pregnant or not? Can’t believe what I am reading from this people, people interested in photography and art that suppose to have a little bit of culture or at lis knowledge or at list a minimum of humanity. You guys are closing your eyes with misleading questions so you can find wrong answers and avoid the real problem.
    Is not what she chooses to do with her baby, that is not your problem, the question is: is ok to have a 5 months pennant woman go through a X-ray machine 3 times? That is the question, you moral bull-shit is not important for any body guys.
    Have any of you special interest in the Israeli military or what or against media reporting from Gaza? if yes at list say so, like that I will understand your Middle Ages answers.

  12. Barbara Woike Says:

    Thank you Mathieu for taking the trouble to express yourself so clearly and for speaking for those of us who feel as you do. Anyone who criticizes Lynsey for doing her work (and expecting humane treatment from a civilized country in the process) is pathetic and should look deep inside themselves to examine their own motives. As a photo editor who worked with Lynsey before she became “known,” nothing has changed. She’s as passionate as ever about her work, and we should THANK her for that – and wish her the very best in her upcoming motherhood.