The Palestinian Journalists Society (PJS) strongly condemned the suppression of the International Federation of Journalists march towards the Qalandia checkpoint, by Israeli occupation forces, through the intensive use of poisonous tear gas and sound bombs, which injured PJS president Nasse Abu Baker, with a tearing gas bomb which targets his shoulder and causes many people to choke. 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 member of the PJS board, needed to be transferred to a medical clinic.
PJS has considered the brutal attack on the march, which was announced before entering Jerusalem by identifying the international press and the participation of the IFJ president, as clear aggression against all world journalists, not respecting all international conventions and agreements, and clear violations of journalists' right to work and move freely in all occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.
The PJS stressed that this attack, which had taken place in the presence of world journalist leaders, was an expression of the arrogance of occupation and racism which was held by the state of Israel.
In addition, the PJS emphasizes that targeting all voices free to defend Palestinian rights, and poor efforts to deter journalists from carrying out their duties to uncover colonial crimes against the Palestinian people, is a clear message to the world that violence and power are the only logic which is understood and practiced by working conditions.
The PJS stressed that this attack would not affect the agenda of IFJ meetings and international conferences. Also, it will not prevent journalists from doing their jobs, no matter what the price.
For its part, the Palestinian Center for Media Development and Freedom (MADA) has condemned unfair attacks on Palestinian and international journalists by Israeli occupation forces on Saturday, many of them suffocated due to tear gas bombs.
A group of journalists took part in a peaceful march near the Qalandia checkpoint, north of occupied Jerusalem, organized by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate 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 PNN, the occupying forces fulfilled this demand only with shock grenades and tear gas canisters, which caused injury to a group of journalists – including guest journalists who had come to participate in the conference, in the city of Ramallah. â € “Despite the fact that they can be identified with their press vests and raise the IFJ card.
The march included dozens of local journalists, as well as a number of international journalist members from the International Federation of Journalists, in addition to members of the Federation of Arab Journalists. All aim to attend and take part in an international media conference in Ramallah entitled "Journalists Under Fire".
Israeli occupation forces pressured journalist protesters, located about 300 meters from the Qalandia checkpoint, by firing gas bombs from launchers mounted on military vehicles, which resulted in strangulation of dozens of journalists, with gas, including the President of the International Journalists Federation, Philip Lorient, Abdel Wahab Zghilat, chair of the freedom committee at IFJ, journalist Adriana, member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Colombia, and member of the Secretariat General of the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate, Manal Khamis, who was taken to a medical clinic for treatment. The head of the syndicate of Palestinian journalist Nasser Abu Bakar was also hit by a gas bomb directly on his right shoulder.
The MADA Center guarantees that international law guarantees the right of citizens to gather peacefully and protest as a form of expression, but Palestinians in general and journalists in particular are still exposed to blatant violations of this right by Israeli forces.
Therefore, MADA is very concerned about blatant attacks and reaffirming that the culture of impunity enjoyed by the Israeli military and international involvement with the state of occupation above the law is the main reason behind the continuation of these attacks.
The MADA Center has also asked all countries to move through international organizations such as the United Nations and its Security Council, to hold Israel accountable for these crimes and attacks on journalists who express their views peacefully.
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