UPDATED 10 September 2018–The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), in strongly condemning the attack of Israeli forces against several journalists during a protest, near Ramallah on Tuesday 4 September 2018. IFJ also decries the detention of Ali Dar Ali, correspondent of Palestine TV, who appeared on the same day before an Israeli Military Court.
On Tuesday during Palestinian's protest regarding new Israeli settlement activity , several journalists were shot in the legs by Israeli security forces in the village of Ras Karkar near Ramallah, while covering civil demonstrations.
“The Israeli forces used sonic bombs, gas bombs and rubber bullets, against the protestors. It has caused fainting and suffocation of several journalists”, said the PSJ. Victims include AFP photographer Abbas Momani and correspondent Joseph Dyke, Al-Hayat newspapers’ photojournalist Esam Al-Rimawi and AP photographer Iyad Hamad. The PJS said they were deliberately targeted despite wearing clothing clearly identifying them as press reporters.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) both denounce this violence targeting journalists and call on Israel to stop these actions.
Anthony Bellanger, IFJ General Secretary said :
“The Israel army must stop targeting Palestinian journalists whose only crime is doing their job. The Israeli government must publish the rules of engagement of its army operations in the occupied Palestine towards journalists covering the events and ensure they conform to norms of international law to prevent such attacks”
On the same day Ali Dar Ali , who was arrested at home on 15 August 2018 and has been detained since then, had his detention extended until 12 September. He is allegedly accused of inciting violence against Israeli soldiers, over a video he posted on his official Facebook page that shows Israeli security forces operating in the Al-Amari refugee camp.
The PJS made a global appeal for the respect of Palestinian journalists’ rights in occupied territories :
“We -during this open war on journalists in Palestine- call on the IFJ, EFJ, FAJ, the UN and all its institutions, to condemn practices and violations of press freedom in Palestine and to pressure Israel so as to end them. We require that Israel stop continuous crimes against Palestinian journalists and journalism. We emphasize that these ongoing crimes will not discourage Palestinian journalists, who believe in the humanity of their message, continuing to expose the crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people. ”