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IFJ and PJS condemn Israeli shooting of photojournalist in the eye


RAMALLAH, Friday, November 15, 2019 (WAFA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) today denounced the latest serious Israeli attack on a journalist in the south of the West Bank.

Photojournalist Moath Amarneh lost sight in the left eye after being seriously injured by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier in the Surif region of the Hebron governorate, where Amarneh was covering a protest against land confiscation. He was rushed to a hospital in Hebron for emergency treatment.

In a statement, the PJS condemned the attack, describing it as "a deliberate targeting by the Israeli army of a colleague wearing a bullet-proof vest signed Press." It also called on "international institutions to act quickly to stop this violence against the press in Palestine."

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ General Secretary, said: "Once again, the IFJ deplores the attacks on Palestinian journalists by the Israeli military. The IFJ recalls that international law applies everywhere and that no government is above it. It is now time for the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the Convention for the Protection and Safety of Journalists so that the impunity enjoyed by predators of press freedom and democracy can end in Israel as elsewhere."


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