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Israeli Soldiers Continue To Target Journalists; 60 Violations this Week
December 17, 2017 12:51 PM Celine Hagbard Gaza Strip, Human rights,
Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, News Report, Palestine, West Bank 0

17 DEC
12:51 PM
“We will not be silenced, we will not close the lenses of our cameras, and
we will continue to report on the escalating Israeli violations, and the
soldiers’ attempts to bury the truth, so that they can continue killing and
wounding Palestinians with impunity,” begins a message published Saturday by
Palestinian journalists.

Many reporters testified to being targeted by the soldiers by gunfire and
physical assaults while reporting on protests taking place in the southern
West Bank governorate of Hebron, and in other parts of the West Bank and
Gaza.

Nasser Abu Bakr, the chairman of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, said
at least 60 Israeli violations against journalists and media outlets have
been documented this week alone, in several parts of the West Bank,
including Jerusalem.

He added that the journalists were subjected to live fire by the soldiers
who also fired rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades at them,
in addition to assaulting many of them.

The soldiers also destroyed, damaged and confiscated cameras, preventing the
journalists from performing their duty.
Abu Bakr said, “An army or a police force that is terrified by the media is
a force that is willing to engage in illegal conduct against journalists,
conduct that violates basic principles of International Law and Human Rights
agreements.”

“We managed to document these violations, and we also collected sworn
testimonies from the journalists, which we fully intend to file to the
International Journalists Association and the Arab Journalists Association.
These Journalists Associations have already issued statements denouncing the
violations, and demanding Israel stop the illegal attacks against the media
in occupied Palestine.

“It is also clear to us that there is an open campaign against journalists
in Israeli society, and by representatives of the Israeli government,
including on social networks where there is open incitement for killing and
hurting journalists, and preventing them from performing their duties.”

Abu Bakr added that the organization has called on legal and human rights
groups to convene and discuss measures meant to protect journalists, amidst
this illegal and dangerously escalating targeting of the media in occupied
Palestine.

One Palestine TV cameraman in Hebron, Eyad al-Hashlamoun, was quoted in the
journalists’ statement as saying, “We as journalists will not be
intimidated, and will not shut our cameras down. We will continue to expose
the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, and highlight this
ongoing suffering”.

It is worth mentioning that al- Hashlamoun was one of the journalists
assaulted this week by Israeli soldiers, who obstructed his work, and
prevented him from filming the unfolding events.
Al-Hashlamoun and his colleagues were attacked by the soldiers at the main
entrance of the al-Arroub refugee camp, in Hebron, and were also used as
human shields by the army while invading the camp.

Another journalist, identified as Bilal Tawil, who was also attacked and
detained by the soldiers in Bab az-Zawiya area in the center of Hebron city,
said, “Every Palestinian, including reporters, are the targets of this
immoral and illegal occupation. They target reporters, medics, ambulances…
every one of us is a target,” he said, “I am preparing a video highlighting
these violations and crimes.”

Hisham Sharabati, of the Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law, said
the organization is documenting these violations, and will soon prepare a
video documentary to send to the United Nations.

“Israel is violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, especially
the section about the freedom of the press – Israel is a signatory of this
declaration, but has never abided by it,” he said, “It remains ink on paper,
while the Israeli crimes and violations continue to escalate.”

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