The Palestinian Society of Journalists (PJS) has strongly condemned the repression of the International Federation of Journalists' march to the Qalandia post by the Israeli occupying forces through the intensive use of toxic tear gas and sound bombs, which has injured the president of PJS, Nasse Abu Baker. , by a gas pump that hit his shoulder 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 PJS board member, needed to be transferred to the medical clinic.
PJS considered the brutal attack against the march, which had been announced before entering Jerusalem with the identification of the international press and the participation of the IFJ president, as a clear aggression against all journalists in the world, a disregard for all international conventions and treaties, and a clear violation of the right of journalists to work and move freely in all occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.
The PJS said that this attack, which took place before the leaders of journalists in the world, is an expression of arrogance of occupation and racism hosted by the State of Israel.
In addition, the PJS confirmed that targeting all free voices defending Palestinian and poor rights to prevent journalists from fulfilling their duty to uncover the crimes of occupation against the Palestinians are clear messages to the world that violence and power are the only logic that the state of occupation understands and practices.
The PJS emphasized that this attack will not affect the agenda of IFJ meetings and international conferences. In addition, it will not prevent journalists from fulfilling their obligations, regardless of price.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Center for Media Development and Freedoms (MADA) on Saturday condemned unjustified attacks on Palestinian and international journalists by the Israeli occupation forces, many of which were stifled by tear gas bombs.
A group of journalists participated in a peaceful march near Qalandia, north of occupied Jerusalem, organized by the Palestine Journalists' Union in front of the Kalandia refugee camp, expressing solidarity with Palestinian journalists and their right to move freely through Israeli checkpoints . However, according to the NNP, occupation forces met these demands with only morale-based grenades and tear gas bombs, which resulted in the injury of a group of journalists – including guest journalists attending a conference in the city of Ramallah. â € "despite the fact that they were identifiable with their print vests and were picking up the IFJ card.
The march included dozens of local journalists as well as several international journalists who are members of the International Federation of Journalists and members of the Arab Federation of Journalists. They all aimed to attend and participate in the international media conference in Ramallah entitled "Journalists under fire".
Israeli occupation forces repressed demonstrators who were located about 300 meters from Qalandia station, firing gas bombs from a launch vehicle in a military vehicle that resulted in the suffocation of dozens of journalists, including the president of the Federation Journalist, Philip Lorient, Abdel Wahab Zghilat, head of the IFJ freedoms committee, journalist Adriana, member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Colombia and a member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists' Union, Manal Khamis, who was taken to the medical clinic for treatment. The head of the Palestinian journalists' union, Nasser Abu Bakr, was also hit by a gas pump on his right shoulder.
The MADA Center ensures that international laws guarantee citizens the right to peaceful assembly and protests as a form of expression, but the Palestinian people in general and journalists in particular are still exposed to flagrant violations of this right by Israeli forces.
MADA is therefore seriously concerned about the blatant assaults and reiterates that the culture of impunity enjoyed by the Israeli military and international involvement with the occupying state as a state above the law is the main reason behind the continuation of these attacks.
The MADA Center also urged all countries to go through international organizations such as the United Nations and its Security Council to hold Israel accountable for these crimes and attacks on journalists who have expressed their views peacefully.
11/18/18 – Israeli soldiers wound Palestinian and international journalists near Jerusalem