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Israel officers who ordered invasive search of Palestinian woman only face disciplinary action

A Palestinian woman reacts as Israeli troops carry out a search operation in the West Bank village of Awarta 12 April, 2011 [Wagdi Eshtayah/Apaimages]
A Palestinian woman reacts as Israeli troops carry out a search operation in the West Bank village of Awarta 12 April, 2011 [Wagdi Eshtayah/Apaimages]

An investigation into two officers from Israel’s Security Agency Shin Bet who ordered army soldiers to conduct a vaginal search of a Palestinian woman during her arrest could end with nothing but disciplinary action.

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday that despite being investigated last year, the two Shin Bet officers continue their work as usual. According to daily, not only have the two officers in question not been suspended from work, Israel’s Civil Service Commission was not informed of the investigation against them.

The case dates back to 2015, when the two officers ordered two female soldiers to conduct a vaginal and anal search of the Palestinian woman during her arrest at her home. The woman was threatened that if she did not comply with the search it would be conducted by force.

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