The Palestinian Journalists Association (PJS) strongly condemned the suppression of the march of the International Federation of Journalists towards the Qalandia checkpoint, by the Israeli occupation forces, through the intense use of toxic tear and sound gases that injured President PAS Nasse Abu Baker, through a tear gas bomb that aimed at his arm and caused many others to suffocate. One of the victims, journalist Adriana Hurtado, a Colombian member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Journalists and fellow journalist Manal Khamis, a board member of the PJS, had to be transferred to a medical clinic.
The PJS considered the brutal attack on the march, which was announced before entering Jerusalem with the international press identification and participation of IFJ President, as a clear aggression against all world journalists, disrespect for all international conventions and treaties and violation of journalists' right to work and free movement all occupied Palestinian territories, including in Jerusalem.
The PJS confirmed that this attack, which took place before world leaders in journalism, is an expression of the arrogance of occupation and racism living in the Israeli state.
What's more, the PJS confirmed that directing all free voices defending Palestinians' rights, as well as a weak attempt to prevent journalists from performing their duties to reveal ransom crimes against Palestinians, are a clear message to the world that violence and power are the only logic that they understand and practices the state of occupation.
PJS stressed that this attack will not affect the agenda of IFJ meetings and international conferences. As well, it will not prevent journalists from performing their duties, regardless of the price.
For its part, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom (MADA) condemned the unjustifiable attacks on Palestinian and international journalists by Israeli occupation forces, many of which suffocated from gas bombs.
A group of journalists took part in a peaceful march near the control point of Qalandia, north of occupied Jerusalem, organized by the Syndicate of Palestinian Journalists in front of the Calandia refugee camp, expressing solidarity with Palestinian journalists and their right to move freely through Israeli checkpoints. However, according to PNN, the occupation forces met these requirements with stun grenades and canisters with tear gas, which led to the injury of a group of journalists – including journalists-guests who came to the conference in the city of Ramallah. – despite the fact that they were identifiable thanks to the press vests and raising the IFJ card.
Dozens of local journalists participated in the march, as well as a number of international journalists from the International Federation of Journalists, as well as members of the Arab Federation of Journalists. Everyone wanted to take part and take part in an international media conference in Ramallah called "Journalists under fire".
Israeli occupation forces repressed journalists of demonstrators who were located about 300 meters from Qalandia control point, firing gas bombs from a launcher installed on a military vehicle, which throttled dozens of journalists with gas, including the president of the International Federation of Journalists, Philip Lorient, Abdel Wahab Zghilat, chairman Freedom committee in the IFJ, journalist Adriana, member of the Executive Committee of the International Colombian Federation and member of the General Secretariat of the Syndicate of Palestinian Journalists, Manal Khamis, who was taken to a medical clinic for treatment. The head of the Palestinian journalist, Nasser Abu Bakr, was also hit by a gas bomb directly on the right shoulder.
MADA Center ensures that international law guarantees citizens the right to peaceful assembly and protest as a form of expression, but the Palestinians in general, and journalists in particular are still exposed to the gross violation of this right by Israeli forces.
Therefore, MADA is seriously concerned about open attacks and reiterates that the culture of impunity with which the Israeli military and international involvement in the occupying state as a state over the law is the main reason for continuing these attacks.
The MADA Center has also called on all countries to go through international organizations such as the United Nations and its Security Council to bring Israel to account for these crimes and attacks on journalists who have expressed their views in a peaceful manner.
11/18/18 Israeli soldiers injured Palestinians and international journalists near Jerusalem