The reporter refused to comply and was not allowed into to the hall. Other reporters, including Turkish correspondents, complained of extremely meticulous security inspections that they claimed were humiliating. The Turkish reporters were eventually let into the hall.
Following the incident, the al-Jazeera reporter approached Government Press Office Director Oren Helman, who organized the event, and told him that due to the Shin Bet's demands, all al-Jazeera correspondents decided to shun the event.
Responding to the incident, Helman said "during the event, we tried to facilitate the quick and easy entrance of foreign reporters into the hall, and even sent an announcement detailing the hours of admission ahead of time.
The General Security Service stated in response, "All guests were subjected to a security check in accordance with the customary security procedures in such events. Three female reporters refused to be examined under these procedures and decided not to attend the event."
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