Palestine: Journalist shot in head by Israeli soldier

A journalist was hit in the head by a rubber-coated bullet fired by an Israeli soldier in a village east of Nablus in the West Bank on 22 September. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) in strongly condemning this latest attack.

Israeli forces fire teargas during a demonstration by Palestinian protesters against the Israeli outpost of Eviatar in the village of Beita, north of the occupied West Bank, on August 13, 2021. Credits: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP

Photojournalist Nasser Ishtayeh was shot while covering a demonstration in the village of Deir al-Hatab after clashes broke out between a group of youth and the Israeli Defense Forces.

The PJS said that they would seek justice for such crimes against journalists in the International Criminal Court. The IFJ has repeatedly condemned the deliberate targeting of journalists by Israel. In July 2021, IFJ called on the UN Human Rights Council to speak out on the issue: “This [targeting of journalists] violates not just the rights of journalists, but also the rights we all have to receive information about events in Palestine."

Nasser Ishtayeh has two decades of experience in covering protests and his work appeared in a wide range of media including AP or le Monde. He had already been targeted by Israeli Defense Force violence in the past.

IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “Journalists’ rights and safety must be guaranteed when covering demonstrations. The deliberate targeting of Palestinian journalists must stop. We extend our support to Nasser and to the PJS".

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