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

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.


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