The Palestinian Journalists' Association (PJS) has strongly condemned the crackdown by the International Federation of Journalists against the Qalandia militia by Israeli occupying forces, through the intensive use of toxic tears and sound bombs, which resulted in the injuries of PSA President Nasse Abu Baker by a plague gas bomb, who directed his shoulder, and caused many to suffocate. One of the victims, a journalist Adriana Hurtado, a Colombian member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists and Associate Journalist Manal Khamis, a member of the PJS administration, had to be transferred to a health clinic.
The PJS considered a brutal attack against the march that was announced before the entry into Jerusalem with the international recognition of the press and the participation of the President of the IFJ as an obvious aggression against all journalists of the world, the failure to comply with all international conventions and the treaty and a clear violation of the right of journalists to work and free movement in all Occupied Palestinian Territories, including Jerusalem.
The PJS confirmed that this attack, which took place before world journalists' leaders, is the expression of the arrogance of the occupation and racism that the Israeli state has had.
In addition, the PJS has acknowledged that targeting all free voices advocating Palestinian rights and a poor attempt to hinder journalists from carrying out their duty to discover the crimes of occupation against the Palestinian people is clear to the world that violence and power are the only logic she understands and carries out her professional situation.
The PJS stressed that this attack will not affect the agenda of IFJ meetings and international conferences. Journalists will also not obstruct the performance of their duties, regardless of price.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemned unfounded attacks on Palestinian and international journalists by Israeli occupying forces, and on Saturday, many succumbed to tear gas.
A group of journalists attended a peaceful walk near the Qalandia checkpoint, north of the occupied Jerusalem, organized by the Palestinian journalist union in front of the Kalandia refugee camp, who expressed solidarity with Palestinian journalists and their right to free movement through Israeli checkpoints. However, according to the PNN, the occupying forces were meeting these just demands with charming grenades and tearing utensils, which led to the injuries of a group of journalists – including journalists who attended the Ramallah conference – despite the fact that they can be identified with the press chest and raising the IFJ card.
In addition to members of the Arab League of Journalists, there were dozens of local journalists as well as a number of international journalists who are members of the International Federation of Journalists in March. Everyone wanted to participate in the international media conference in Ramallah, entitled "Journalists Under Fire".
Israeli occupying forces were pushed by journalist demonstrators who were about 300 meters away from the Qalandia checkpoint, leaving gas bombs out of a launcher mounted on a military vehicle, causing the dozen of gas journalists to choke, including president Philip International Journalists Association Lorient, Abdel Wahab Zghilat, head of the IFJ Freedom Committee, journalist Adriana, member of the Executive Board of the International Union of Colombia, and member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalist Union, Manal Khamis, who was taken to the medical treatment clinic. At the head of the Palestinian journalists' union, Nasser Abu Bakr, a gas bomb hit right into his right shoulder.
The MADA Center ensures that international laws provide citizens with the right to peaceful assembly and protest as forms of expression, but Palestinian people in general and, in particular, journalists are still exposed to obvious violations of this right by Israeli forces.
Therefore MADA is seriously concerned about the apparent attacks and reiterates that the culture of impunity enjoyed by the Israeli army and international cooperation with the occupying state as a state over the law is the main reason for the continuation of these attacks.
The MADA Center also called on all countries to move through international organizations such as the United Nations and its Security Council to respond to these crimes by Israel and attack journalists who have expressed their opinion in a peaceful manner.
11/18/18 Israeli soldiers injured Palestinian and international journalists near Jerusalem