[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: While Hamas reports that a group of Palestinian
prisoners "burned their mattresses to protest the strip search, which
violates all norms and international laws" the United States has a very
different position on strip searches:
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip Searches for Any Arrest
By ADAM LIPTAK - The New York Times Published: April 2, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that
officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor,
before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to
suspect the presence of contraband. ]
Palestinian prisoners refuse to be strip searched
Al Qassam website- Mohannad Shraim, a member of the hunger strike leadership
committee, confirmed that the captives in Israeli Ramon prison have refused
to be strip searched, and confronted the Israeli forces which broke into the
prison on Tuesday.
Shraim said, in a statement to Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human
rights on Friday, that the prisoners in ward (4) in Ramon prison refused to
be strip searched as ordered by "al-Mutsada" and "Doour" forces that broke
into the jail after midnight leading to a confrontation between those forces
and the detainees who are all affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
He added that a group of prisoners in ward (4) burned their mattresses to
protest the strip search, which violates all norms and international laws.
Meanwhile, prisoners of wards (1) and (5) started threatening to start fire
inside the prison if those units did not leave.
As a result, soldiers from the Nahshon special unit intervened, stormed the
wards that burned the mattresses, and confiscated all electric appliances
and closed the wards to force the prisoners to strip search with the sole
aim of humiliating the prisoners, Shraim charged.