Arab lawyer detained after refusing to remove pants during airport check

An Israeli Arab lawyer for the workers rights group Kav La’Oved was handcuffed and briefly detained by police this week when he refused to take his pants off during an airport security check. It was the second time in two months that local airport officials had asked Khalid Dukhi to remove his pants as part of a pre-flight security check.

Dukhi was flying from Tel Aviv to Eilat on Monday to provide legal assistance to Sudanese refugees working in hotels in the southern city when security officials at the Sde Dov airport asked him to remove his pants after a hand-held metal detector beeped when it was waved over them. When he said he would rather leave the airport, the officials called the police, who informed Dukhi he was under arrest, handcuffed him, and removed his pants to complete the search.

The authorities found no irregularities and released Dukhi, three hours after his flight was scheduled.

“We take a grave view of this incident, which contradicts promises made by the [Israel Airports] Authority and El Al to treat Arab citizens in an appropriate and humane manner,” said the Mossawa Israeli Arab advocacy center.

The airports authority said Dukhi was examined closely “in light of a specific alert that was revealed during the search,” and said the security officials called the police “to help them convince the passenger to be examined and refute the suspicion.” Authority officials said they did not know whether there had been a specific warning when Dukhi was searched the first time.

Police said Dukhi was released as soon as the search was completed. “Police got a call from the security officials in the Sde Dov airport, saying there was a man there who was refusing to be checked and was becoming unruly,” police said. “Patrol officers arrived at the scene and told the suspect that since he was refusing to be searched, he would have to be arrested. Since the suspect refused, the police officers arrested him, searched him, and when the search was completed, he was released on the spot.”

Ref: Haaretz

2 Responses

  1. Thank you very much for your help, this has been a great respite from the books,

  2. An article of excellence. This was clear and to the point.

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