RAMALLAH, Sunday February 09, 2020 (WAFA) – The Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA) said in a report today it has documented 27 violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces against journalists and media institutions working in the occupied Palestinian territories during May.
It said in its report on Israeli violations against journalists that these violations included use of live fire, rubber-coated bullets and teargas canisters against journalists, in addition to physical beating and arrest.
WAFA said 11 journalists were either injured by live fire or rubber-coated rounds, suffocated by teargas or beaten by Israeli forces during the month, while 15 journalists were either arrested or targeted by Israeli gunfire but were not injured. Other journalists, meanwhile, had their press card revoked by Israeli soldiers.
On May 3, the report said, the Israeli military court of Ofer sentence Mays Abu Ghoush, a student of media at Birzeit University, to 16 months in jail in addition to a fine of 2000 shekels. Abu Ghoush was arrested on August 29, 2019, and was savagely tortured by Israeli interrogators during her first weeks of detention.
On May 4, Israeli police detained Palestinian journalist Tamer Ebeidat, a correspondent of Ma’an news agency, after raiding his home in occupied Jerusalem.
On May 10, Israeli occupation authorities ordered a renewed ban on the work of the official Palestine TV in occupied Jerusalem for an additional six months, under the pretext that the TV is run by the Palestinian Authority which is not allowed to operate in the city.
On the same day, freelance journalist Karim Khamayseh was injured by Israeli soldierts who fired rubber-coated bullets at him while covering Israeli army’s raid of the village of Kobar, near Ramallah.
On May 12, Israeli soldiers assaulted journalists Nasser Shtayyeh and Majdi Shtayyeh while covering the Israeli crackdown on the town of Ya’bad, north of the occupied West Bank.
On May 14, Israeli soldiers assaulted and beat journalist Layla Hamarsheh after raiding her family’s home in Ya’bad.
On May 19, Israeli forces detained journalist Mohammad Ameen Abu-Daqqa, a cancer patient, at Beit Hanoun border crossing, on Gaza-Israel border, while he was returning back from Jordan where he had undergone chemotherapy for eight months.
On May 23, Israeli occupation authorities ordered Adnan Najib, a freelance journalist, to stay away from Jerusalem on the pretext of “incitement to violence and threatening Israeli security”.
Other similar incidents of beating, injury, or detention of journalists by Israeli troops also documented during the last week of the month.