Court declares IPS automatic strip search policy illegal in right-wing activist case

February 26, 2015 20:19


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Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Judge Tamar Bar Asher Tzavan has declared the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) policy of virtually automatically strip searching all detainees before their incarceration illegal in the context of a civil lawsuit by a right-wing activist for damages due to the search imposed on him.

The court granted the plaintiff, Hanomel Dorfman, who was just under the age of 18 when arrested and strip-searched, NIS 10,000 in compensation and another NIS 18,000 reimbursement for legal fees to his lawyer and well-known activist Itamar Ben-Gvir.

The decision was announced late Wednesday night, though it was signed as of Sunday.

Dorfman, with an activist background including restraining orders from entering certain West Bank areas, was detained late at night for reasons that are somewhat unclear but could relate to his activism, in Jerusalem in 2012 close to the evacuation date of the Migron outpost.

After questioning, it was decided to detain Dorfman pending further investigation, a temporary detention which involved a forced strip search, including what Ben Gvir called humiliating bending over positions, despite his opposition.

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