Palestine: Israeli police beat and arrest Al-Jazeera journalist

Israeli police forcefully beat Al-Jazeera journalist Givara Budeiri on Saturday June 5 while she was covering the demonstrations in the Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate (PJS) stand in solidarity with her and with all Palestinian media workers suffering targeted attacks and systematic harassment from the Israeli authorities.

Credits: PJS

According to media reports, the arrest happened “in a brutal manner” despite the fact that she was clearly identified as a press worker and is accredited by Israel's Government Press Office. Budeiri was released several hours after the arrest.

Budeiri suffered a broken arm and remained under observation on Sunday at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital.

An Al Jazeera cameraman, Nabil Mazzawi, also had his camera broken during the events.

Al Jazeera's acting director-general, Mostefa Souag, condemned "the systematic targeting of our journalists", dubbing it "in total violation of all international conventions".

The PJS also reported that the following journalists suffered injuries and needed medical assistance in Jerusalem: 

Najwan Samrin, Al Jazeera correspondent.

DialaJuwaihan, correspondent for Al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper.

Amjad Araf, a photojournalist.

Layali Eid, correspondent for Palestine TV.

Ahmed Sharif, photojournalist for Palestine TV.

Union solidarity

The PJS organized a solidarity march in support of Budeiri on Sunday, June 6.

In his speech, the head of the Journalists Syndicate Nasser Abu Bakr said that the unity of the journalism community “is enough to stand up to the escalating occupation attacks against Palestinian media workers”, especially in Jerusalem.

Walid Al-Omari, director of Al-Jazeera's office in Jerusalem, said that journalists “need to stand by them in the face of the fierce attacks they are being subjected to by the Israeli forces” and thanked the PJS for their solidarity actions with Al-Jazeera bureau and Budeiri.

IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “We stand in solidarity with all victimized Palestinian journalists who risk their safety to cover the recent events and demonstrations. We condemn once again the Israeli targeting campaign against Palestinian media workers, which has the aim of silencing critical media coverage on the ground”.

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